You know that feeling when you get to the end of the week and you’re exhausted? So tired you just want to crash in front of the TV and sleep for a million years. I hate that.
Since moving house in May this year my commute has tripled each way, so it’s safe to say sleep is more important than ever for me. And yet I seem to have less and less time for it! So last week I had one of those moments on Friday evening where I was so drained I cried and didn’t really know what to do with myself.
How to get a better night’s sleep
When Heather at Home’s latest video popped up on my phone last Saturday morning I felt like she’d recorded that video just for me.
Heather talked about how quickly a week can spiral if you don’t get enough sleep, as well as sharing her sleep rescue plan. Yes please. Here they are:
- Get outside.
- No caffeine after 4pm; replace hot drinks with herbal teas.
- Tidy up your bedroom.
- Be screen free for an hour before bed.
- Five early nights in a row.
So I thought I’d put it to the test this week and see what difference it made.
Get outside. OK, I’m terrible at doing this, especially if I’m busy at work and/or it’s raining. This week I really made an effort to get out at lunchtime, plus a meeting in London meant I got outside and on the train.
No caffeine after 4pm. This one was relatively easy for me; sometimes I crave tea when I get home from work and sometimes I don’t. I had one late night cup of tea on Wednesday but given I don’t drink coffee I think I’m good on this one.
Tidy up your bedroom. I’m all for this step. I’ve found in the past that having a tidy room makes all the difference and I managed to keep things nice and tidy this week.
Be screen free for an hour before bed. Not quite there on this one, but I did manage about half an hour and put my phone on the other side of the room (this also prevented me from snoozing my alarm because I had to get up to avoid waking up Stu!).
Five early nights in a row. Oops, I managed three. In my defense one night I was out with a friend and got caught out by train cancellations and the other I fell asleep on the sofa for an hour and was woken up by Stu coming home from his shift. Could do better here.
Overall, I feel like I’ve made a step in the right direction. I could definitely do with getting outside more and putting my phone away, as well as being strict with myself about getting to bed early but it’s a work in progress and I’ll continue with this next week.
Do you have anything to add to this plan? What helps you get a good night’s sleep?
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