A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book. ~Irish Proverb
As mentioned in Part I of this post, I’ve become a big time fan of getting enough sleep so I think it’s deserving of another entry in this blog. I’m one of those lucky people. I fall asleep within seconds of hitting the pillow. However, I’m the first to admit that I sometimes fall into bed at way later an hour than is probably best for me and I pay dearly for it the next day. I’m well aware of the temptations that can keep me up if I’m not careful and how easy it would be for me to fall back into my bad habits of my younger adult years when I put sleep on the backburner.
If you think sleep is a luxury you can’t afford, I urge you to rethink your priorities. You can’t afford to not get enough of this precious commodity. Here are a few tips for making sure you hop into bed at a reasonable hour and get the beauty sleep you deserve.
- Resist the temptation to schedule “just one more thing” into your day. I’m guilty of this since I’m a big list person and want to end my day with as many things crossed off my list as possible. Unless it’s something really urgent like a bill that must be paid online by day’s end or there’s a huge penalty to pay, it’s best to just hit the sack and admit you are not Super Person.
- Try to aim for the same bedtime each night. Routine is the best way to develop good habits. I don’t always succeed but even on weekends nights I try not to deviate too far from the time I normally go to bed on week nights. It’s also helpful to wake up around the same hour each morning as well.
- Are you addicted to the TV or computer? I could mindlessly surf the web till I was passed out on top of my keyboard if not careful. I love being online but at some point each night I have to tell myself enough is enough and start to wind down in a more relaxing way.
- Find your own way of winding down that is enjoyable and relaxing. I like to spend time petting and loving my cats. They are very relaxing to be around and are excellent advocates for sleep and lots of it!
- Try not to over extend yourself with commitments. When you have too much to do it’s hard to get to sleep and sleep well because of too much worry.
- Expose yourself to sunlight and try to get in some sort of exercise during the day. Eat healthy foods and avoid too much alcohol. When we work on a healthy awake life, our sleep life becomes healthier.
- Sleep under a nice comforter or blanket. I actually enjoy getting into bed each night because of a comfortable mattress and bedclothes.
- Make your bedroom inviting and serene. It’s not peaceful to fall asleep in a room with clothes strewn everywhere and all others kind of things on surfaces that have no business in your bedroom.
- Try to resolve all “issues” with your partner before you go to sleep. Even if you have to just agree to a temporary ceasefire and agree to finish resolving any disputes the next day.
- Have as much ready for the morning as possible. You will sleep better knowing everything is organized, laid out and ready to go. I always prep the coffee pot the night before and lay out my clothes and any important papers I will need before I leave the house the next morning. It’s nice to know the morning will go a little easier because of a little planning ahead.
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