These days it seems the most common question I receive is about sleep.
I get lots of what do you eat?! or will you share your workout routine? queries—but more than anything Im asked what time I plop my misfit-self in bed, how you can become an early riser & if I get enough rest (according to that test I *do*–you?!).
I completely understand.
I ADORE you for it.
You may regret asking after this long snooze-sparking post*—yet, sleep, in my opinion, is the cornerstone to success in all facets of life.
Im energized by the promise of what the day might hold & the irrepressible feeling today! could! be! the! one!
If youre happily an owl—dont change!
While we can shift ourselves slightly either way—given my natural inclination & that of the Tornado, Im not certain we should try!
I also never set an alarm.
My *firm* belief is if Im not awake & ready to go-go-go! then Im not meant to be awake. I must need more rest.
Im always awake & eager to wrangle my day by 4a.
(Lest it sound as though Im bragging you should see me at 9p. It’s ugly. Im over my day & already longing for a new one. you’ll have that)
Personal proclivities aside–be you OWL or LARK–I believe we all need to treat ourselves like TODDLERS with regards to sleep.
Three tips for sleeping creating a toddler-like sleep routine:
- Set a routine and stick to it! This simple concept changed my life. As a freelance writer my days are unpredictable. It’s the nature of the job. Keeping my transition from awake to asleep *routine* helps immensely with turning off my work-brain. The more predictable my sleep schedule—the more easily I slip into slumber. I know this is a challenge with busy lives–yet the benefits of nightly rituals (from tea to journaling) are immeasurable.
- Leave on a light to scare away monsters! I was plagued by the Cr*p Did I Forget To Do That?! monster & the Shoot I Need To Remember to XXX boogie-woman. My grown-up nightlight? A notebook. I always have pen & paper by my bed. If I start fretting/mental list-making I grab it, do a braindump so I can *SLEEP* & handle my list in the morning. This tactic works wonders in banishing nighttime fret-fears so my mind rest.
- Dont wait to unwind! We’d never summon a toddler from a game of freeze tag, plop her in bed and expect her to fall immediately asleep! We recognize the need for transition time. We adult-types forget that same fact about ourselves. Whatever time you go to sleep, ‘start the process’ early. Provide your mind a chance to s-l-o-w-l-y shed the day’s thoughts/worries & ready itself for rest. Studies say we ‘should’ unplug from screens long before bed time. MizFit says explore different options/find what works best to relax you. From Kindle to Chamomile discover what helps *your* mind unwind.
Here is where, were we not chatting about TODDLERS I’d add a rant about caffeine consumption after noon & keeping the bed for, uh, *BED STUFF* and not web surfing. Please to remind yourself of the benefits of these two notions.
(*looks around to see if anyone is still awake & reading*)
More than you wanted to know about my thoughts on sleep—yet three steps which have tremendously helped me increase my slumber.
Now I turn to you.
- Whats your NUMBER ONE tip for falling, staying or making more time for sleep?
- Do you believe we can shift from OWL to LARK?
*which I guess would make this a winwin, huh?