Ease into Sleep

You make sure the kids get to bed on time, but you stay up checking email, folding laundry or watching late night TV. You need a bed time too. Studies have shown people have better, more restful sleep when they go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time.

So what can you cut out to go to bed on time? Most people are on the computers, paying bills or watching TV until right before bed. You are so pumped up from the light, action and stress that your body doesn’t feel ready for bed.

It’s time to slow down at least 1/2 hour before bed. You can create your own ritual – maybe a bath, then a book. Or journaling your thoughts while listening to soothing music. Maybe praying or meditating. What relaxes you?

At the very least computers should be off, TV off and no stressful activities. If you are doing cleaning, do it slowly and mindfully. Let go of arguments until the next day.

You can’t expect to just turn off at the end of the day without winding down. Your mind and body doesn’t work that way.

If you want better sleep, decide on what time you will go to bed and be up daily (this can be adjusted until you feel great in the morning). Then create a bedtime ritual to ease you into sleep. What time will you start that?

Mark the time in your calendar tonight to help you remember.