There were times when I didn’t get to bed until 4 o’clock the next morning from partying so hard that previous night!! But just about every day, I was up faithfully by 7am getting ready for those 8 o’clock classes and attending basketball practice and study hall shortly after. I functioned just fine!! Of course, I’d end up going to bed early but for the most part… I’d make it through the day feeling pretty decent.
Good healthy sleeping habits play a very important role in Self-Care. The older I get, the more I’m realizing that. Back in my college days, I functioned just fine off of maybe two or three hours of sleep! I played college basketball so my days were always busy between classes, practice, study hall and a part-time job. Like most other college students… I partied.
Now here I am… 27 years old, a fulltime wife, mom and employee that’s ready to go to bed by like 8 o’clock every night!! I do NOT function well the next day if I don’t get a decent amount of sleep. I’m quiet, sometimes grouchy, unmotivated, not as focused and just not in the mood for anything or anybody! That’s not good.
A good night’s sleep is just as important as regular exercise and a healthy diet. A lack of sleep can really have a negative impact on your days going forward especially if you’re in school or you have goals that you’re really striving to reach. Lack of sleep sometimes will mess with your motivation in the WORST way! Now sometimes, some of us just don’t get enough sleep because we have so much trouble falling asleep and that’s a problem too! So, today I’m going to give you four tips on how to sleep better at night.
- DON’T CONSUME CAFFINE LATE IN THE DAY
A single dose of caffeine can enhance energy, focus and work or sports performance. However, when consumed late in the day, it stimulates your nervous system and may stop your body from naturally relaxing at night. Fight the urge to drink caffeine late at night and if you get to where you’re craving coffee, then stick to the decaffeinated kind.
- SLEEPING/WAKING AT CONSISTENT TIMES
Getting your body on a consistent sleeping schedule can actually benefit your health in a good, positive and natural way! Once your body gets use to the routine of laying down and waking up around the same time every day, eventually it just happens naturally.
For example, I’ve gotten so use to falling asleep around 930pm and waking up around 545ish that now if I’m not asleep or awake by those certain times, I start to feel so exhausted. It’s like that inner clock on the inside of my body naturally alerts me and lets me know when it’s tired and ready to rest.
Alarm clocks become unnecessary. Now if you’re on medications like Melatonin, Benadryl and NyQuil to help you sleep at night then that’s a different story. However, if you really commit to getting your body on a good and healthy sleeping routine then eventually you’ll reach a point to where you won’t need the medication anymore. (That’s not a fact, just my personal opinion.)
- REDUCE IRREGULAR OR LONG DAYTIME NAPS
While power naps are beneficial, long or irregular napping during the day can have a negative impact on your sleep at night. If you take naps on a regular basis and still sleep well then you shouldn’t have to worry. For all of my nap lovers though… just be aware that naps prolonged over 30-40mins, or that occur close to your intended bedtime can compromise your ability to fall or stay asleep at night.
- MAKE SURE YOU’RE ACTIVE ENOUGH DURING THE DAY
I STRONGLY believe that the less active you are during the day, the harder it is to fall asleep at night. It’s kind of hard to be tired at night when you really haven’t done anything during the day. Aside from my blogging business, I work as a fulltime Rehab Tech at a Healthcare Center. My job description pretty much requires me to be on my feet during the full work shift. I am all over the building doing all kinds of different tasks.
According to my apple watch, I take at least 14,000 steps per day! So I am quite the busy bee and very “active”. Therefore, I’m exhausted by the time I get home and after a good shower and meal… it doesn’t take me long to fall asleep! I mean really… if I get good and still for about twenty minutes, I’ll doze off. Once I’m sleep… I AM SLEEP!!!
So anyway, if one of the reasons why you struggle to fall asleep at night is because you aren’t active enough then I encourage you to find something to do during the day. Join a gym. Workout. Go for a run/walk at your city park. Try do something that is actively productive and see if that doesn’t help. Being active will make the biggest difference in your sleep! A good difference!
Prioritizing good sleep is GOOD SELF-CARE babes!