If you want to get up early and be ultra productive (aka not half asleep at your desk wishing you were still in bed) you need to get a good night sleep. I know, that is some advice I bet you didn’t see coming. But, easier said than done. From my experience almost everyone can benefit from getting to sleep faster. All your good intentions of going to bed at a reasonable hour are completely undone once you lay there for an hour desperately wishing to fall asleep, all the while becoming more and more stressed that you are going to be SO tired in the morning because you won’t have slept. It’s a toxic cycle and you need to put into place some measures that can stop this behaviour in its tracks.
Here are my top ticks to getting to sleep super fast:
Control your environment
Cool temperatures and darkness are the winning ticket for falling asleep. There is nothing worse than tossing and turning because you are overheated and the darker the room, the less your mind has to become distracted by. This can also be helped by actually shutting your eyes (genius, I know!) but that is not something I am good at so maybe it’s something you need to focus on too. Going to bed is called shut eye for a reason.
Let yourself wind down
And that means no screens within 30 minutes of going to sleep. I know it seems impossible in the digital age, but seriously it’s probably the number one thing that keeps me awake and I regret that late Pinterest session SO much when I am tossing and turning in bed.
Have a shower, read a book, journal, listen to music. Let your mind slow down so that your body can follow. Whatever works best for you when you need to unwind, do it every night. This is also wonderful because it gives you some time to spend on yourself which will, in turn, make you more positive and energetic about your purpose the next day.
Eat for sleep
Don’t eat anything later in the evening that could spike your blood sugar levels. That means sugary snacks, high carb meals, fruit and juice. Instead, try protein rich snacks – the old warm milk isn’t just a myth!
Set your clock
Your body clock that is. Try and have a regular wake up and sleep pattern every day, even on weekends if you can manage it. As soon as your body understands the sleep rhythm it will be so much easier.
Control your breathe
There are so many precise, complicated and exact sciences of what breathing techniques will work the best to get you off to la-la land, but I think the take-away is just to breathe. Take deep breathes, in through your nose and out through your mouth and focus on each breathe. Don’t worry about the length of time you hold your breath for, it doesn’t matter. Just breathe. It will help you to switch off, to centre and to relax.
You might also want to check out this post: 10 Mistakes You Could Be Making in Your Morning Routine
Do you have some tricks on getting to sleep you’d like to share with all the busy girls out there?