My Love Hate Relationship with Sleep

I am one of those people that can fall asleep anytime of the day within 10 minutes of setting my mind to it. And we’re talking deep sleep, no waking up intermittently. The only exception…falling asleep at night. When I was younger I couldn’t wait to go to bed, I would be exhausted by the end of the day and couldn’t wait to enter the alternate reality of my dreams. But as I’ve gotten older, even though I have no problem telling myself when to nap I tend to find it takes me a while to fall asleep at night. Whether it be because I take a nap during the day or I feel the weight of analyzing my life right before I head to bed, it takes me a while to fall asleep. Positive side to this story is, once I fall asleep I sleep like a baby with no interruptions.

The point being, I’ve definitely found it so much harder to fall asleep as I’ve gotten older. I feel like when I was younger, I was more physically exhausted so sleep came to me naturally. But now, it’s almost like I dread the task of falling asleep because it doesn’t come to me at moments notice at night. Since I’m not particularly physically exhausted before I end the day, I tend to lay in bed and go down a path I dread. With nothing to do except lay on the pillow, I start analyzing the entire day sometimes my entire life. Not a fun way to end off the day, if I may say so myself. Lately, I’ve gotten into the bad habit of watching tv right before falling asleep because it forces me not to get into the lull of analyzing my thoughts by averting my attention and slowly wears me down into my slumber. Not the best way forward but it does work. Slowly but surely, I eventually enter the world of rest.

Somethings I’m going to try to incorporate into my day for more restfulness:

  1. Try not to take day naps because this tends to keep me up at night
  2. Read a book instead of watching tv
  3. Drink a warm caffeine free beverage before bed
  4. Try to move around more – even though I’m exercising I’m not moving around as much as before since I’m wfh so hopefully incorporating more walks/ bike rides will result in some tiredness
  5. Try not to check my work email right before sleeping – this results in me getting anxious about all the things I have to get done the next day

I’m truly hoping incorporating the above mentioned will help me fall asleep faster 🙂 I miss the child in me that was able to fall asleep at night, minutes within laying my head on the pillow! Oh the good old times!

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