Up until a month ago I used to be the girl that slept until the final second of her alarm before having to bolt out of the door in a flurry and #hot-mess like appearance (often late for work)! That is, until I decided it was time I started #adulting and committed to getting my sh*t sorted and establishing a sleep schedule!
If you’re not a morning person like myself or have a difficult time getting to or staying asleep, this one’s for you:
Set the mood – Girl, it’s time to get a lil bit romantic up in here with your self-care and sleep regime! From 8pm (or whatever works for you) it’s time to ditch the boyfriend, get in the bath with some Epsom salts, light some candles, chuck on that face mask and jam some meditation (or whatever your white-girl equivalent must-have music may be) to create that perfeeeeect insta-worthy sleep set up before we head off to dream land.
Common things to avoid before catching those Z’s – avoid alcohol and eating before bed. Both of these prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. Instead, opt for some warm lemon water or a herbal tea to send you off into that blissful state of relaxation!
Exercise – Opting for some form of low impact exercise prior to bed can aid in relaxation and promote deeper sleep. In other words, this makes you tired enough so that you’ll sleep straight through the night. Not an exercise feen? Activate your mind and grab a pad of paper to write, doodle or draw on! I hear adult colouring books are becoming quite the thing for us Millennial’s?
Take baby steps – start slowly by waking up earlier than you normally do, like 15 minutes for the first week, 20 minutes the following and so forth until you reach your goal time.
Create and stick to a sleep schedule – even if you don’t fall asleep right away, at least make it a habit to start getting into bed at a set time every night. Mine, is IN BED by 9-9:15 and GIRL GET YO BUTT TO SLEEP BY 9:45 LATEST OR YOU WILL BE SHITTY AF TOMORROW (it works OK).
Stay away from bright lights – electronics, such as your TV and smartphone, produce light that stimulates your brain. Instead of watching Netflix, read for an hour.
Listen to your body/circadian rhythm – this is your body’s clock telling you when to sleep and when to wake-up. Since it’s a part of nature, try camping for a couple of days to get back on-track (maybe not in winter team) or keeping a journal of when you normally go to bed for a week prior to beginning your new sleep regime.
My key takeaways from trying this: It wasn’t easy, and I still don’t love getting up earlier or going to bed earlier either, but all of these activities help me and I feel I am a happier, healthier person both physically and mentally. Since implementing a sleep schedule I’ve been taking better care of myself and that can’t be a bad thing, right?!
Give it a go team and let me know your feedback!
Until next time my loves,