I’ve been talking recently about how much trouble I’ve been having when it comes to catching enough Z’s at night. There’s been a lot of tossing, turning and annoyances, which I used to be able to sleep through. Now, it seems like everything wakes me up! I know a lot of it has to do with some recently stressful situations, but even when I’m relaxed I have some problems. But, I’ve been trying out a few different things and I think I’ve figured it out, at least for myself. So I thought I would share the five ways I’ve been able to have a better night’s sleep.
Stop drinking a few hours before bed
Listen, I love a good glass of Diet Coke or an espresso after dinner, but caffeine can be a real problem for those of us can’t get to sleep at night! Others may not be having caffeine before bed, but they may be drinking water or decaffeinated tea before going to sleep. So what to do? Set up a time that you can use as your moment to stop drinking. I found that if I stop a couple of hours before my ‘bedtime’ I’m able to get to sleep fairly quickly, as well as not having to get up to use the restroom in the middle of the night.
Try to set up a routine for sleep
I found that setting an alarm or setting up the sleep schedule within an app like Fitbit helps! When I have a routine, I’m able to know that it’s time to go to bed and wake up at the same time. It seems like my body knows before I do because I can feel myself getting sleepy and then my alarm or notification goes off! Once you’re able to set up a schedule, you’ll see results.
I have to admit that I love analytics. I love being able to analyze how I sleep at night and there are plenty of apps that can help you do this! Like I mentioned before, Fitbit helps analyze your sleep by showing you how often you’re in certain parts of your sleep cycle. Others like Sleep Cycle can show you how you slept during the week, and explain why you got better sleep one night than the other. You’re able to put in notes such as if you exercised that day or you were really stressed out at work.
Adopt the ‘Amish Hour’
This was something I learned through a 21-day self improvement challenge and it really does work. The Amish Hour is when you shun technology for an hour before going to bed. Now I’m not saying that you have to sit in a dark room for an hour, but you don’t use your phone, television, computer, etc. It really does help as you’re not having so many distractions and bright lights in your face.
Exercise really does help with falling asleep faster and sleeping longer. Working out every day can create a more consistent sleep schedule, as well as having you sleep through the night without interruptions. If stress is something that is keeping you from sleeping at night, then exercising regularly can really help you create better sleeping habits.