When sleep evades us, it not only affects our levels of alertness the next day, but it can cause anxiety and depression altering our world and how we live. It can lower our immune system. It can put pressure on relationships, add weight, and generate a downward spiral which then leads to creating more bad habits.
So how can you tackle your sleep deprivation?
- Make sure you are doing a enough during the day to make yourself mentally and physically tired, make sure that every day there is some down time for you NOT just watching the TV…..
- Take the TV and any other technological appliances out of the bedroom
- Create a bedtime routine , turn the TV off at least 30 minutes before you go to bed, take a bath, gather all the things you need for the next day (bag, keys etc) , lay out your clothes for the next day, so you are ‘ready’ and all these things are off your mind.
- Make sure your bedroom is conducive to sleep, is it comfortable, is it fresh and clean, is it clear of clutter?
- Keep a notebook by the bedside so you can journal before you sleep; review your day, what were the good things that happened? What could you have done better? Write them down…….now what is your plan for the next day, what are the priorities, what can you let go of write them down, this is a form of downloading for the brain!
- Relax each muscle section of your body by clenching and then relaxing, feel how good that feels
- Put your head phones on and Listen to one of my many sleep recordings that will lull and rock you to sleep!!