With so many tabs open in our minds, plus the gazillion things we really need to sort out, it is little wonder the average adult human finds it a struggle to fall asleep at night.
I am all the way guilty. And unashamed too, because I am quite the nightcrawler. My day is not made unless I am up, doing devious things while everyone is catching ‘zzzs.’ Either this or the other reason is there are just so many concerns to keep my mind working overtime.
But whether I like it or not, this body has to come first – my responsibility to keep it in ship-shape.
Getting adequate sleep is self-care, babe – the drowsy, fatigued, sluggish behavior during the day is only just a pin size effect of lack of sleep.
According to the Mayo Clinic, adults need 7-8 hours of sleep at best. And Healthline says that there’s a possibility that sleep deprivation is linked to high risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, memory issues, weight gain, and more.
Oosh, my eyeballs popped when I first saw that. I have decided to make a commitment to intentionally prioritize my sleep – even as a nightcrawler that I am.
If you can’t sleep, how about you try these:
- Lay on your bed and count 1 to infinity. You won’t remember at what point you lose count.
- Play a serenading song. Turn the volume down low and close your eyes.
- Prep your room for bed. This means drawing curtains, dimming lights, switching off television sets.
- Take your bath. Some folks have a hard time falling asleep without first having had a night bath. Well, it makes a lot of sense too “the warmth from a hot bath can help you destress from a long day and bring on sleep,” says David Lortscher, MD, Board-certified dermatologist and founder of Curology. “Showering is also a good way to unwind and release muscle tension, which aids sleep,” says Dr. Janet K. Kennedy.
- If you are the type who can’t sleep without headphones and music in your ear, you can also switch things up by listening to podcasts and audiobooks.
- Sleep apps
Sleep apps come with a host of lullabies, meditations, bedtime sounds, and bedtime stories to help you drift. These apps below come highly recommended:
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