Tips To Not Take Sleep For Granted

Sleep interrupted by stress. It’s kept me from sleep for about three weeks now, and it’s really starting to affect me. Life is hectic. Like while going to school full-time and working two jobs, usually you can count on sleep for some relief, but it’s avoided me lately and I miss it so. My sleep schedule has become messy, resulting in sleep from 1am to 6am, every day. Here are some tips to get the most out of your sleep time:

  • Back off of the caffeine.

Everyone says it, but it’s really important. Cut off your caffeine consumption around 2pm, possibly earlier. Go for the caffeine-free tea, or sell your soul to the decaf demon if coffee possesses your soul like it does mine.

  • Melatonin.

A natural supplement that maximizes sleep. It’s healthy, all-natural, and knocks you out within an hour.

  • Cardio.

Running a few miles tires you out after the initial adrenaline rush. Hitting the gym a few hours before bed will help you relieve that stress, produce some endorphins to make you happier and exhaust you. Don’t forget to drink lots of water.

  • Turn off the TV and read a good book.

I’ll admit it: TV makes your brain race, overstimulating it and keeping you up later. Being part of my job, it comes with the territory and doesn’t help me go to sleep earlier. Turn off the TV an hour before you hope to sleep and relax. Take out a good book (I suggest my favorite, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, or Yes Please, Amy Poehler’s autobiography) snuggle up under a warm blanket and lay back with a nice, hot cup of tea.

Maybe I’m not the best person to take sleep advice from, seeing as I don’t get any, but because of my constant insomnia, I’m always looking for new ways to maximize my sleep and different methods to getting to sleep earlier. Hopefully these work for you.

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