4 Ways To Fall Asleep in 5 Minutes
If you are anything like me, and a lot of other moms, sleep has become a delicacy like no other. That feeling at the end of a day when the kids are fed and (hopefully) fast asleep, the lunches are packed and breakfast is ready for tomorrow brings me so much joy to look forward to. Wouldn’t it be nice if it always worked out this way? More times than not I am convinced that as soon as my head hits the pillow I will be fast asleep and, unfortunately, more times than not it is more difficult than I like to admit for me to drift off into a few hours of blissful rest. These are a few tips and tricks I have discovered aid in getting the most out of that essential sleep at the end of busy days.
(Try To) Keep Your Sleep Space Mess-Free
Try to keep your workspace and your sleep space separate. There are very detailed psychology studies behind this practice, but at the end of the day, there is a pretty simple explanation. If you do work sitting in your bed or sitting by your bed, when you lay down in that same space your mind does not know if it is about to do work or fall asleep. If you keep your room as a tranquil place that gets a regular cleaning, it will allow you to turn your mind off and fall asleep easier and allow your stress level to decrease.
Put Your Phone Away
We have all heard it, but how many of us practice it? The blue light literally suppresses melatonin, the very thing your body releases to make you sleepy. I started leaving my phone on the table across the room from my bed so I can not give in and check social media before bed. There is never anything on there worth losing even a few minutes of precious sleep.
There is something about setting aside a few moments to focus on you that have major implications in the way you show up for life every day. In all the stress that comes with being a mom, or a wife, or a co-worker, it can get difficult to be what you need to be for yourself. At the end of every day, right as you get into bed take a few minutes to actively reflect on the day, and acknowledge what is on your mind. I keep a journal next to my bed so I can write down my thoughts and put them away before bed. Something about putting them on paper gets them out of my head for a little while.
Keep Your Bedtime Consistent
Easier said than done I know! Think about it though, there is a reason your kids have a scheduled bedtime (probably a lot of them), but it really does allow our bodies to get into a pattern of turning off around a certain time each night. Like anything when you incorporate something new into your life it takes some getting used to. Train yourself to be ready for bed around the same time and your body will listen to you! It is proven!
About the Author
Piper is a mom of four (two humans, two dogs). When she isn’t chasing one, or all, of them around she loves to experiment in the kitchen, read, and play the guitar. Her guilty pleasures include SNL, raw cookie dough and Reality TV.