As we start the new year, many of us are trying to create new habits and set in new routines. This is primarily due to new years resolutions.
And with everything that has happened in and out of the U.S., self-care is now a top priority for many people, sleep being one of the best ways to care for yourself.
For the majority of my life, I’ve had trouble falling asleep in a reasonable timeframe. Unfortunately, overthinking and ADHD will do that to a girl. And neither is going away anytime soon.
So, like with everything else in my life, I have to keep my sleep routine structured. And that is hard sometimes. I do have specific cues already in place, though.
One thing I’ve been doing for a while is drinking hot water after dinner. It helps me make sure I don’t eat anything else for the night while giving me hydration.
It has helped me not overeat or eat late into the night, and no, I don’t mean midnight snacking either. I often have dinner later, between seven and eight, so the water prevents me from having dessert after nine pm.
It also tells my brain that it’s time to start relaxing and get ready for sleep.
Another thing I like doing is reading for about a half-hour to an hour before I go to sleep. My brain can unwind further while enjoying some mental candy.
Another thing I have been doing is turning out the do not disturb on my phone, so I don’t hear any of the few notifications I still allow to chime on my phone.
I have it set from eleven pm to my wake-up time, which varies from seven to eight am, depending on the day of the week. It’s nice because I know I won’t be jarred awake by some random ping in the middle of the night and that my alarm will go off each morning.
If you’re wondering how to find it, if you have an android, go into settings, click digital wellbeing and parental control, then set the bedtime mode to your requirements.
It’s probably different for other phone types, but I’m sure it’s there. So use it. You won’t regret it.
Now if only my dog would sleep through the night, I would be set. He sleeps with me and often has to go to the bathroom at random times. One problem at a time, though.