How To Sleep Your Way To A Life of Less Stress
Getting a good night’s sleep can be a real issue for so many people. As we all live busy and stressful lives, being able to drift off easily is a skill that many of us would like to have. Solutions can range from the relatively straightforward to the fairly complicated, but for a lot of people, it simply comes down to having too much stress in their lives. So take a look at this advice for leaving your stress outside the bedroom door.
Write A Journal
Talking about your what’s worrying you can sometimes be difficult, even with the people you care most about. If you find that you still have a lot on your mind close to bedtime, try writing everything down in a journal. Many people find the act of writing in itself to be cathartic, but it sometimes also helps you to see your problems more clearly, and prioritise what is important and what isn’t. If you are overwhelmed by thoughts right before you go to bed, write a quick bullet point list of what you’re worried about and leave it for the morning. People are never at their problem solving best so close to bedtime.
Create A Comfortable Environment
You want your bedroom to be as conducive to sleep as possible. Make sure you have fresh sheets on a regular basis, and the right amount of blankets depending on the weather. It may be time to replace your mattress, so take a look at the Costco brand and also try out different versions to see what feels most pleasant. If you find the light is causing you problems, you may want to invest in a blackout blind. Similarly, earplugs may help you out if noise is your issue.
Destress Before Bed
This is where you can experiment with a few different activities to see what helps you best. Some people find it relaxing to have a bath or a shower. Others try some gentle stretches, yoga or meditation. You may want to listen to some calming music right before bed or a podcast if you prefer. Once you have found a method that works for you, try repeating it every night.
Cut Out Screen Time
New studies are coming out showing that all the screens that we have in our lives can be very disruptive to sleep. The light has been found to halt melatonin production in the body which we need to help us drift off. Try to make the last hour of your day a screen free time. It can be a very freeing experience to escape from screens, if only for a little while!
Increase Your Exercise Levels
Exercise has been found to be a good way to focus your mind and relieve stress. It also has the other effect of tiring your body out so it is more ready for sleep. Try not to do too much exercise close to bedtime as this can have the opposite effect and leave you feeling wired.