4 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Sleep
Updated: Apr 26
A few months ago I went to a presentation by Deepak Chopra where he talked about every pillar essential for a healthy and balanced life. One of the pillars that resonated with me the most was Sleep. While I was going through a stressful period with home and work life and really trying figure out what I wanted to do with my career, I struggled a lot with sleep. It was as if as soon as I calmed by body still enough for sleep, my mind would pick up and my thoughts would race and collide into each other. My thoughts would go from solving problems of the day to reliving moments that I thought I didn’t sound smart enough. I would over think about what people were thinking of me and my ego would jump in and remind me that I wasn’t as smart as my colleagues; that I was speaking out of turn.
My thoughts would continue and I would toss and turn all night. It would take me forever to fall asleep and then I would struggle to stay asleep. It was so frustrating, I was constantly tired, yet functioning, but I just never felt well rested. I decided it was time to do something about it so I began to experiment with various wellness practices and products to support healthy sleeping habits.
1. Acupuncture. The first practice I tried was acupuncture. I had heard from friends that after acupuncture they experienced the best sleep ever. After my very first acupuncture session I found myself what I would describe as a “blissful” state. It was like I was floating. That night, I found my thoughts less anxious and I was indeed able fall asleep easier. I still struggled to stay asleep, but definitely experienced a quieter mind.
2. A Sleep Routine. I started to experiment with a sleep routine. As a mother, I know the importance of routines with children, especially regarding sleep. I found this to be by far the most rewarding sleep practice. I started to develop a routine that I did nightly to help me signal to my body that it was time for sleep. Now it’s almost as if my body knows by the routine that it is time for sleep and I start to wind down and prepare to sleep immediately and stay asleep.
3. No phone before bed. I stopped scrolling at night and instead, I started reading my Kindle. I made reading part of my bedtime routine, but made sure that it was on my Kindle where there isn’t a lot of blue light. I now notice that if I scroll before bed my mind races and my thoughts struggle to settle. I didn’t think this was true, but I do believe, for me, there is some correlation between blue lights and restless thoughts and unsettled sleep.
4. Charging A Phone In A Different Room. Because I do so much of my work on my phone, I think that mentally it reminds me of all that I need to accomplish every day. I decided to start charging my phone in a different room and instantly noticed an improvement in my sleep. It also stops me from reaching for my phone as soon as I wake up in the morning.
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