Sleep is a marvelous, and nearly mysterious part of life that does as much for our minds and bodies as anything we can do consciously. It repairs muscle damage, increases our immune system, organizes and stores memories, and provides relief from the worries of the day. It can even help us solve problems.
So where can you buy some of that?
You buy it with a commitment to schedule it as a critical component of your well-being, instead of "sort of, whenever I can fit it into my schedule."
You buy it with daily exercise (the fun kind works best), healthy nutrition (just not too much right before bed), sunshine, and rituals around a regularly set bedtime.
Here's what works:
Since you know that you need about eight hours of uninterrupted sleep, work backward on the clock to determine what time you should fall asleep. You need to be up by 6AM to get to work on time? Then you need to be asleep at 10, not just thinking about going to bed at that time.
Establish rules for yourself as you would for a small child. You deserve to be cared for that much. Our bodies thrive on regularity of everything physical (we have circadian rhythms that try their best to keep us healthy). So begin by preparing your mind. Start thinking positively about how delightful it will be to crawl into bed and go to sleep. Again, work backward on the clock to know how much time you need for settling down (two hours? one?) before falling asleep.
Here's what doesn't work:
Marilyn Miller, MS, LPC ~ Psychotherapist
...Delighting every day in helping people find peace in their lives, relieving anxiety, depression, and promoting self-care.