Sleep is vital to our health and well being. Believe it or not, our mental and bodily functionality is determined by sleep. Lack of sleep can take its toll on you. That brings me to my next question. How well do you sleep?
Let’s be honest, most of us do not get adequate sleep. More-so our sleep quality is more than likely slacking. One out of every three people suffers from insomnia (according to the Sleep Help Foundation).
This is one hundred percent me. I have so many things on my mind throughout the day, and once in bed, it seems to get worse. Have you ever had a completely random train of thought that had NOTHING to do with anything? I do that a lot. I like the solution of creating a bedtime ritual. I’ve been considering doing yoga for some time, and I think this would be the perfect opportunity for me to get started. I’ve seen several bedtimes poses. I pledge to start yoga tonight for my body and mind.
I have severe anxiety, and this ties in a lot with number 1 with a busy mind. A lot of the thoughts in my mind are worries and unnecessary stresses. I think that yoga alone would help with anxiety and a busy mind, but I like the idea of meditation. I think it would go very well with yoga. I want to try meditating at night. I pledge to meditate at night, more than likely once I’m laying in bed when it’s dark and quiet.
Okay, this is a difficult area for me. I hear things a lot. That’s a post for a different day, but let’s say that it affects me a lot. Although My bedroom is on the top floor, my kids are extremely loud. They run around and scream at all hours of the night. The way that our house is built, our floors vibrate when they are running.
I don’t like sleeping with earplugs (I honestly don’t like earplugs in general) But I have developed a habit of covering my face with a large pillow. This has helped with hearing noises around my bedroom. It may seem weird, but it is quite comforting.
I am extremely guilty of this one. First let me say that when I was younger, I didn’t want a TV in my bedroom. But after getting married, we ended up having one in there. I was against it for a while, but then it became convenient. A football game on in the living room, I would just go lay in bed and watch TV. We added a PS5 back there and I would play video games in bed. At night after getting things ready for the next day, We get in bed and watch TV for 30 minutes to an hour and then turn it off.
But after that, I spend some time on my phone checking social media, playing games, watching cat videos….know, important stuff. I know that playing around with electronics is not a great thing when you’re about to attempt sleeping. The activity is stimulating, which is counter productive to even laying down in the first place. I pledge to keep my iPhone out of reach and stay off electronics before going to bed.
Can you identify with any of the above-mentioned sleep problems? I’ve pledged to change my nighttime routine in four ways. Who else will take the pledge to have better, healthier sleep?