Being able to get a full night’s sleep as an adult is hard. In college, we could party until 5am and still roll out of bed for our 8am the next morning. And when we had a big exam, we could stay up all night studying just to get the ‘A’. All we needed was a pot of coffee or energy drink to keep us going. Now, we need some SERIOUS sleeping tricks to not feel like a zombie the next morning.
Having a professional job and every day stressors that come with adulthood, has caused me to lose sleep at night. I will sit tossing and turning trying to turn my brain off (Check out my article for meditation tips, if this is you too). After too many sleepness nights, I learned 3 important sleeping tricks that changed my life. Hopefully these will help you too!
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3 Sleeping Tricks that will Change your Life:
1. Set a Bedtime Alarm
On my phone, I have the ability to set a bedtime alarm. This way my phonenotifies me when it’s time to go to bed and tracks my sleep. I’ve also used Sleep Cycle, which is a paid app that has fancier features but this free option works just as well. However, I don’t use my phone to get me up– I like to use this sunrise alarm clock to create a natural light to wake up:
By setting your body on a regular schedule, you are teaching your body the times of the day to be tired. After some time, it becomes automatic to wake up at your normal time, and you will–hopefully–sleep in less.
2. Start to Wind Down At Least a 1/2hr Before Bed
It’s going to be impossible to find sleep if your brain is still on overload from the day, so you need to calm it down before trying to climb into bed. I like to do night time yoga to help center myself and to settle my body. For nights when I don’t have time to commit to a full-flow (or would rather sit around and do nothing) I like to read a book. For me it has to be an actual book in bed, and not a tablet, because of the LED light.
For some of you these might seem like boring ideas or something you definitely don’t want to do. That’s ok! These are just my favorite ways and not the only ways to wind down. The goal is to limit bright screens, like watching TV in bed. You should also try limiting your phone usage. Reading emails for things you need to do tomorrow at work or seeing drama on social media will only get your brain ticking. And for those nights when your brain won’t shut off, I recommend trying these meditation tips to quiet your mind.
3. Try a Natural Supplement
When all else fails, try a melatonin gummy like these – https://amzn.to/2GUJ90L. I know that gummies aren’t the best for you buuuut I’m still a child at heart and they taste delicious! I also really like sleepy-time tea (https://amzn.to/3imVloM), which is even better when you have a good book to read while you sip on it.
The important thing is to try the other sleeping tricks first. Otherwise you may become dependent on supplements just to fall asleep!
Sleep is very important to guarantee we bring our best selves to work the next day. So we need to make sure that we set ourselves up right at night, in order to put our best selves forward in the morning. And if you struggle to wake up in the morning, especially when it’s dark out, then I DEFINITELY recommend using the alarm clock above. It’s been a lifesaver since I purchased it!
*Note: If you read my disclaimer, I am not an expert. Please do your research and talk to a health adviser before making any life changes.