So I’ve never actually have any issues falling asleep or staying asleep, for the most part. If you do, you probably hate me right now and that’s okay–I’ve known people with insomnia and that’s the absolute worst so I’m sorry. I’m also a self-proclaimed morning person. I feel like I’m at the top of my game most mornings, and usually take my first dip in energy right around 2-3pm. I yawn incessantly at the gym from 7-8pm. Then I get home, exhausted, and after a hot shower and a glass of wine I can barely keep my eyes open by 10pm. Lately, I’ve had a lot of trouble getting out of bed for work in the morning, only to start the same routine all over again. This weekend, I made three fast and easy changes to my sleeping habits that have given me more energy that lasts throughout the day.
Buy New Pillows
Okay, so this is the only one on this very short list that you actually have to spend a little coin on. But in the grand scheme of things, it’s a small price to pay for a great night’s sleep. I have probably been using the same pillows on my bed for the last 10 years. It’s just not something I ever thought of as a priority to replace. You hear about people who have issues sleeping needing new mattresses–and that’s a ton of money and hassle–but, for just $30 at TJ Maxx I bought two Calvin Klein pillows that are *literally* heaven. $30 may seem like a lot, and they had pairs of pillows in other brands and on sale for $9.99 and $16.99, but honestly, this is not something I was trying to skimp out on [really, it was only because I had indulged in a pitcher of margs before I went]. But I’m glad I bought the nicer ones, I can’t tell you how much more rejuvenated I feel when I wake up in the morning. It was a quick fix for a problem I didn’t even realize I had.
Get Less Sleep
If you’re an insomniac that never sleeps, skip to the next point. But, if you’re like me: exhausted all afternoon, and ready to pass out as soon as you get home at night, then the solution may be a bit counter-intuitive… but you might need to sleep LESS. What I didn’t realize when I was ready to pass out at 10pm, was that while my alarm was set for 6:05am and aptly allowing for 8 full hours of sleep, I wasn’t actually getting up out of bed to start my morning until almost 7am. I couldn’t get out of bed for my first alarm, so the second one hit, and then snooze, snooze, snooze. This past week I have not only been forcing myself to stay up a little later, but I also cut my nightly sleep time to 7 hours instead of 8 (okay, 9). The afternoon crash is almost nonexistent, and again, waking up in the morning has been so much easier. Who knew too much sleep could make you more tired? Everyone has a different ideal sleep amount, so you may have to experiment with it a little bit until you find the golden number. Mine, apparently, is 7 and not 9. Oops.
Don’t Sleep with Your Phone Next to Your Bed
Have you ever decided to climb into bed one night, and you open your phone, you know, just to check and see what’s going on, and before you know it, it’s two hours later and now you’re wide awake? Have you ever hit snooze so many times in the morning that your alarm literally just gave up on you? All of these issues can be resolved by leaving your phone across the room at night. If you do have trouble getting to sleep at night, you might want to consider getting rid of the TV in your bedroom as well. The light from your phone and TV actually send signals to your brain that it’s daylight, and even if you are exhausted, your brain will try to keep you up. In the morning, if your alarm is going off across the room, just getting up out of bed to turn it off gives you less incentive to hit snooze and go back to sleep for another 20 minutes. There are tons of studies out there telling you how terrible that 20 minute snooze between alarms really is for your body. The good news is, once you figure out your perfect amount of sleep and pick up those new comfy pillows to sleep on, you will have less incentive to hit that snooze button because you’ll feel a million times better in the morning!
And that’s it! Sleep well my beauties.