Today’s post is going live slightly later in the morning as usual, which I’m still counting as a win seeing as how so many of last week’s posts didn’t make it up at all. Oh well, the beat goes on.
Between wrapping up my final weeks of classes (ahh), job hunting and interviewing, my to write list has gotten quite lengthy. Since I’ve been significantly cutting down my coffee intake, I’ve been trying to end my scattered and typically flustered days with some a decent sleep schedule.
On the days when I hit the perfect sleep routine and wake up to a solid morning routine, even the worst of non-stop email-filled days can’t hold me back. I’m naturally a morning person (my internal clock usually has me up and ready by 7am). But if you’re trying to rise a bit earlier without wanting to die, I recommend taking sleep time seriously.
For me, the key to getting a really good night’s sleep is all about planning ahead for the grand event. I spend the day setting myself up to be able to get back to bed and recharge. That’s lead me to make a few night time routine changes.
Decide Your Bedtime in the A.M.
Seriously. I try to decide by 11a.m. what time I’d like to go to bed. By this point in the morning I’ve usually been able to feel out my energy levels and break down my to-do list, so I know what to expect task wise. If you plan to check out by a certain time that night, you know to plan your day accordingly. Working into the middle of the night happens much less for me, if ever, during the week. My laptop is typically down by 8ish, and I’m out by 11:30.
Kick TV Out of Bed
I nixed Netflix in bed with the exceptions of the weekend. When I bring TV into bed, it’s hard for me to shut off –literally. It keeps my mind way too active. Reading has been a much more successful way to transition myself into sleep. With the right read, I’m usually ready to hit the lights within 30 minutes.
Have Bigger Meals Earlier
And have a smaller snack later, so you feel satisfied. I’m a huge fan of apples and peanut butter before bed and highly recommend it. But honestly, this isn’t new. I try to have dinner ready no later than 7 and I’m usually done eating before 8. Top that off with plenty of water to help your body process and digest and you’ll fall asleep so much more comfortably.
I got an oversized crewneck from Old Navy around Christmas time and I’ve been living in it. I’m super weird, so I sleep best with a fan on while under the covers and wearing something warm. So I keep the crewneck on while the fan blows. I also use the RainRain App every night for a bit of calming background noise (much less distracting than Netflix). My favorite sounds are city rain & rain on a window. Bliss, instant sleep.
What’s your sleep routine like?