So you’ve read about it, a little something that says sleep is necessary to your health and happiness. Well, what if you can’t fall asleep? Don’t worry; you can sleep plenty once you get yourself in the mood. And that’s just it people, start paying attention to yourselves! Workaholics all know what I’m talking about. In order to get the proper amount of sleep each night, make sure you start paying attention to how you feel. Instead of thinking about everything that needs to be done by the end of the month, think about your body at the very moment and I guarantee drowsiness will ensue-faster than any over-the-counter medicines. And just incase thinking about your body in a moment of stress gets a little too depressing (“Good Lord look at those bags underneath those eyes!”) then it’s time to make yourself a sleeping schedule and turn that bedroom into a sanctuary.
Establish a living schedule that keeps you active and energetic throughout the day so that by evening you are naturally winding down. Exercising, even a few hours before bedtime, will help your body relieve stress so the worries that keep you up at night fall away. Also, try to avoid caffeine, alcohol and smoking before bedtime. And the specialist at the National Sleep Foundation suggests finishing eating at least 2-3 hours before your regular bedtime. And please, try to keep your bedtime consistent. Or at least account for irregularities so you have time to catch up on your Sleep Debt. And last but not least, get your room in the mood! Keeping ones room a sanctuary rather than an office will surely get you catching up on those Z’s in no time. Eliminate all the distractions by getting rid of the television, computers, phones and even the books! Your bedroom should be a place for silent recovery. In today’s world where everyone expects you to be available at all hours of the night its easy to lose sight of your rest, but trust me you need it, everyone needs it, and if you can’t find it in your bedroom good luck finding it anywhere else in the house. Keep your room just for you and get to sleep.
Good night Scoopers and good luck!