Learn Simple Steps Towards Relaxation And Sleep For Everyday People
Think about your typical day. You’ve worked hard all day long for someone else, and maybe even dozens or hundreds of other people that needed you over the course of your shift. You’re starving, you want to see your family, and you’re stuck in traffic. It’s only natural for frustration to set in, but then again, you might be used to it since it happens like this every day.
You get into your home later than you want, and you’re happy to see your kids, but they want your attention, and they’re starving too. You wind up putting frozen dinners into the microwave or just ordering delivery. You know it isn’t all that healthy, but you also know that you can barely think right now, much less do any cooking. You have a quick dinner and your day still isn’t even close to being over.
Now you have to do laundry, reading with your kids, making lunches for the next day, and any work leftover from your job. Once everyone else settles down to bed, you finally get an hour or two to yourself and maybe your loved one, and you choose to enjoy yourself for a while, even if it means cutting into your sleep.
Eventually, you wind up flopping into bed, but you do this every night. It’s very late when you finally get to shut your eyes, but your mind is still moving at light speed going over the previous day. Even after that is done, your next day starts hanging over your head. You toss and turn and maybe get a few hours sleep before the alarm clock or smartphone wakes you up at another ungodly hour.
The next Groundhog Day starts and you do it all over again, exhausted at work, no time to eat well, stressed out, and it seems like it will never end.
What in the world can you ever do? Well, first of all, breathe. Just reading all of this likely bumped your blood pressure up a few points. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to get more rest and sleep at night.
Get a paper notebook and a pen or pencil and put it by your bed or nearby. Take 5 minutes before you lay down to just do some free writing. Don’t say you’re not going to have time, as this will come out of your lost insomnia time. Write down every thought going on inside your head, regardless of whether it’s from the past, present, or future, and just jot it down. That isn’t going to make your mind enter a zen-like state, but it will empty enough of the garbage in there for it to shut down faster so you can rest. You don’t have to keep the pages if you don’t want, and you probably won’t. You might even feel relief at running them through a shredder or even burning them (as long as you do that safely).
Next, change your alarm clock or smartphone ring tone so that it wakes you up slowly with something like classical music. Set it for a quarter of an hour before you need to wake up. You’ll come out of your slumber gradually and wake up a lot better.
Sprinkle healthy snacks into your daily routine too. Baby carrots and raw almonds are both nutritious foods with some taste that will help your insides settle down so you’re less anxious at night.
There are a million other steps you can take to sleep easier at night, but aiming for too many at once can stress you out and backfire. Start with these three, and see if you don’t get a little extra sleep at night.