If you know me, you know I am not a morning person – at all. I’ve always been known to stay up late and prefer to crank out work (and sometimes my workouts) between midnight and 2 am than get up early. However, the last few months, not getting enough sleep is starting to hit me. It was a goal of mine at the beginning of this year to work on my sleeping habits and… I have failed miserably. Eeek! So today I’m sharing my five goals I have set for myself when it comes to sleeping better.
- Swap my workouts to the morning: This will be the hardest goal to achieve for sure, but I know it will end up being the most beneficial. Getting my workout done first thing will help allow more free time after work, which in the end will make me ready for bed (and more tired!) earlier.
- Write it down: A few of my friends told me they have a journal they write in each night and it inspired me to get one of my own. One of the main things that has caused me to have insomnia is letting my mind race when I get into bed. Whether thinking about all the things I have to do or what’s stressing me out, these are usually the things I lay in bed tossing and turning about for hours. I’ve been carving time out each night to write and it really has helped with my mind running. Whether I’m writing down lists of what I did that day, things I need to get done or if anything is really bothering me, it’s been a great stress reliever at night.
- Read: I’m a TV addict and it has always been my go-to to help fall asleep. However, it also is one of the reasons I stay up too late, especially when I get addicted to a new show. Instead of turning on Netflix, I’m planning on reading some of these books this month thanks to my friends recommendations: Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han and How To Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell.
- Get in bed a set time every night: I always end up getting into bed right when I should be going to sleep, so setting a specific time each night to wind down, write in my journal and read will help keep me on a better weekly routine.
- Put down my phone: And the hardest goal out of all. With my job involving all things social media, and just being a person living in 2017, putting my phone down at night is one of the hardest bad habits to break. First step, moving my phone across my room at night which will also help with me getting out of bed quicker in the morning as well.
What are your tips for a better sleeping routine?
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