Hello everyone!. Today I want to share with you a personal publication. I want to be honest and I couldn’t start this post without admitting that I have a problem. It’s one of those problems that seem to go on each night. My problem is that I stay up late every night. This is horrible!
When I lived in San Francisco, I usually went to bed around 10pm. I used to drink a hot cup of tea while reading a good book for a maximum 45 minutes. It is a technique I used to disconnect from all the stress of the entire day.
Ever since I moved to Miami, this problem has started. I usually go to bed at the same time I used to back in San Francisco, but just when it’s time to go to bed, I start spinning and twisting senselessly and sleep does not come. When this happens, I go back to my phone to check Instagram and when I’m all caught up, I decide to put a movie or tv show, (right now I am hooked with a TV show on Hulu called “The Good Doctor”) and so I stay up until 2-3 am. This is really bad!
This has become a routine every night and in the mornings when I wake up all tired, I say to myself to do something about it and I am just unable. This has become a big problem because during the day I have a lot of commitments that cannot wait and I have to make a great effort to be able to focus and put myself through.
I have thought about making a list of steps that I’ll be implementing in the coming days to have a better sleep. If you have any recommendations, they’re always welcome.
1. Eliminate technology near the bed! (phones, tablet, computer) You can replace this by writing on a diary. This could help a lot.
2. Practice sports There are studies that show that exercise helps us improve the duration and quality of sleep. It is important to keep in mind that you should not exercise before going to bed. It is recommended in the morning or in the afternoon. Minimum 4 hours before going to bed.
3. Maintain a daily routine before sleeping. This could be either reading a book or listening to relaxing music. This way, the body starts preparing for bedtime.
4. Take care of what you drink. Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Caffeine keeps you awake and active for a long time. Alcohol, although it may not seem like it, can disturb your rest throughout the night. If you need to drink something in the evenings you can have a cup of hot tea.
5. Take care of what you eat. It is very important not to eat too much at night. Eating too much at night makes you feel heavy and you cannot sleep well. You can try eating light meals (salads, chicken, fish, vegetables, etc.)
As you can see there is a lot on this list. I’m hoping to carry out at least 2 of these items initially. The final goal is to try to improve my nightly routine and to get to sleep at least 8 hours daily. I would like to know; do you have any method that you have tried to go to bed on time?