I’m like four days past my bed time. You know the feeling you’re tired. You’re sleepy. But you go to bed and your mind goes just kidding. That happens to me about 3 times a week followed by a day of exhaustion. How much fun is that? During this time of crazy Coronavirus danger I found myself unable to quite my mind easily.
Everyone has a different kind of system for falling sleep for me I watch rerun TV on Netflix until I can’t keep my eyes open any more. That’s not actually practicing good sleep hygiene, but for me the lying-in bed waiting for sleep to come made me anxious and I couldn’t even relax. So, for me this works and since I don’t work I can sleep until I get up usually about 7. I usually sleep 7 or 8 hours.
There are times when I can fall asleep easily and I wake up at 3 in the morning and I love those mornings. I love watching the sun come up, sipping tea quietly sitting on the couch wrapped in a blanket. I treasure those quite mornings.
There is a myth that as you age you need more sleep or you need less sleep the truth is you still need 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Sleep allows your brain to process hormones and retain information, as well as repair and build muscle. Sleep is important for our mental and physical health.
There is a proposed science to going to sleep called sleep hygiene
- Go to sleep every night at the same time
- Don’t have electronics in your room with you
- Keep the room slightly cool
- Don’t nap during the day
- Wake up at the same time every day
- Use a weighted blanket
- Don’t drink alcohol before you go to sleep
- Don’t drink any caffeine before bedtime
- Take a 30 minute walk sometime during the day
- Meditate or write in a journal before bed
If you’re having trouble sleeping through COVID-19 crisis you may benefit from this type of sleep plan. I know that I’ll be trying some of these things.