Sleep continues to be a problem that I deal with most nights. Since childhood, falling asleep and staying that way has been a struggle. Now, there are mornings when I cannot wake up despite my best efforts.
At confession today, the priest suggested improving my sleep hygiene by having a bedtime routine. An hour later, my mother echoed his words. When two wise people say the same thing to you in a short period of time, you know that you should listen.
However, setting up a routine and following it are harder than it might first seem. For one thing, I tend to be all or nothing about issues. Either I stick to this schedule perfectly, or I give up because I missed it once. That is how my black and white thinking works.
Secondly, implementing routine into a life where I might be working until 1:00 A.M. one day but waking up at 7:00 A.M. the next is difficult. How can I keep doing the same thing each night?
So, I figured that I would ask for some suggestions from you, my wonderful readers. How do you fall asleep? What are some routines that you have each night?
Here is a beginning of my ideas that might be used for the sleep routine:
- Take medication
- Wash face
- Brush teeth
- Drink cold water or tea (depending on night)
- Listen to music
- Rub on lotion
I will keep adding to the list as I get more ideas from you and others around me.