I’ve recently come across this interesting article saying that a lot of the greatest people in history had morning routines. It took me back to more than a year ago when I published my own guide on how to create a perfect morning routine.
Now that 2018 is coming right up, I bet a lot of you guys still have “morning routine” or “wake up early” on your New Year’s resolutions. Since I wrote that guide myself, I’ve been on a good streak of healthy morning habits until a few months ago, when life and work happened. It threw me right off the track! My morning routine is completely effed up right now and I can’t get it to work again – and you know why? Because I CAN”T SLEEP.
If you can’t sleep, then how are you supposed to wake up early and feel good? So here we are. Today, I’m going to share with you some tips that I have tried and tested myself, which got me sleeping well again.
Let’s go to the first order of business…
Making Your Bedroom Sleep-Friendly
Your bedroom should be your sanctuary. A place where you can feel safe and comfortable. A place where you can fall into a nice deep sleep every single night. Here’s how to do it.
Change your mattress and pillows. When was the last time you did this? Turns out, according to The Better Sleep Council, mattresses are like toothbrushes. You need to change them regularly. Every seven years, to be exact. Doing so will help you sleep better and prevent back aches in the future.
You should flip it every now and then as well, which really helps especially if you don’t have the money to buy a new one.
And while you’re at it, why not change those poor pillows too? I’ve found these really cool pillows. I wonder if they ship to the Philippines?
Here’s an interesting article on turning your bedroom into an “oasis for sleep”, via Mind Body Green.
Make your room a tech-free zone. It’s 10:30. You’re sleepy. You’re on your bed already. When you decide to check your messenger one last time. Next thing you know, it’s 3 o’clock in the morning!
Like I said, the bedroom is for sleeping. So the moment you enter it, you should be getting ready to say goodnight to the world. I know what you’re thinking: but what about the alarm?
Here’s a quick solution: put a basket beside your bedroom door which will serve as a catch-all for all your gadgets every time you enter the room. This way, once the alarm goes off the next morning, you would be forced to stand up to turn it off. And while you’re at it, do a few jumping jacks to wake you up!
Read. Finally, if you still can’t get yourself to sleep, read something! But not just anything. If this book is adrenaline pumped, or scary as hell, then it’s not going to work. It should be something challenging. Something you want to learn more about. For me, that’s Art History.
I’ve been reading a lot of books about the subject lately. I wasn’t able to finish my Master’s in Art History but that didn’t stop me. Here’s a helpful article by Ryan Holiday to help you read books about difficult subjects.
Let’s now proceed to the second order of business…
Forming Healthy Sleeping Habits
It doesn’t matter if your bed is straight from heaven with clouds for a mattress and pillow, if you have unhealthy sleeping habits. Here are a few things that can help you get started.
Say no to coffee. This is hard, I know, but if you’re suffering from insomnia lately, you might want to stay away from caffeine, even for just a few days. This will allow your body to go back to its natural sleeping cycle minus the wake-me-upper.
Say no to alcohol. I’m guilty of this! Like I’ve said, I’ve had problems sleeping a few months ago. I read somewhere that drinking a glass or two of wine helps. Well…it did and it didn’t. I’ll feel sleepy (not to mention pretentiously classy) after sipping my wine. Doze off. Then I notice that it always wakes me up in the middle of night after the alcohol wears off. Maybe it’s a case to case thing? But for me it doesn’t work.
Finally, no long naps. You’re not getting any decent sleep so you’re bound to feel sleepy in the afternoon. Resist the urge. Sleep at night!