Thursday, January 17, 2013

Why it's not just children that need a bedtime routine - you might need one too!

While I don't suffer from insomnia, I have a difficult relationship with sleep.  Over Christmas, it could have possibly been attributed to 5 nights on the sofa (voluntarily) when friends came to stay, or sharing my bed with a man so hot (literally - now is not the time for bragging), that he makes magma seem icy.
Over the last week, I might blame: back to work 'nerves' (if I'd had them); over-stimulation from doing more than sit on my butt and watch T.V or the social jet-lag of dragging myself our of bed at 6am. Sadly, it's none of these causes. I just do not sleep through the night.
We've probably all read the advice for a good night's sleep:
  • avoid stimulation before bed. Any fun activity - apps, TV, computers, WORK, caffeine, and yup blogging - actively prevent the brain chillaxing.
  • avoid over-heating. A hot bath may seem fab, but your body and particularly your brain would rather keep cool to sleep effectively.
  • avoid liquids for a while before bedtime (for obvious reasons) and that includes alcohol. It might make you feel sleepy, but it interrupts your natural sleeping rhythms.
  • avoid eating too late. The initial slump you get from carbs, WILL convert to energy, just as you are trying to nod off.
  • avoid any extreme exercise....
So short of laying like a brick waiting for sleep to take over, it's quite hard to know what I can do to catch a full night of Z's, free from loo stops, water-breaks, hot 'flushes' and just plain 'oooo it's 2am realisations (followed by the 'brick' strategy of dropping off to sleep).
Then it occurred to me - being the age where all my friends seem to have small children - that I don't really have a good routine. Everyone with a bambino knows that a solid routine of unwinding = a better chance of sleeping through the night, or at least until a mentionable time of the morning.
Before you ask when I'm drawing my pension next, I can safely say that I am fully prepared to try this routine as it would be a full blown miracle if I managed even a week of sleeping all night.
So that is my experiment for the coming week. I will be trying this, if not just for my energy levels, but for my poor, increasingly wrinkled, thirty-something eyes.
How do you wind down? I'll update you soon on my progress - I promise!
Photobucket Photobucket PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket


Cocalores said...

You are such a meanie! Mommy, I don't wanna go to sleep. Don't take away all the fun in my evenings =(

Ha ha, I totally know you're right, but I have no intentions of doing that or I might die of boredom. Granted, spending the evening in front of the laptop and with your smartphone on the nightstand is probably not healthy, so this is what I am offering you as a compromise!


Natasha V said...

I always manage to fall asleep in front of the TV (usually during a commercial). I'm so weird. Otherwise I definitely have a "nighttime" routine where I make sure to do my skincare routine that tells my brain it's bed time.

Jessica Gehman said...

These are really great suggestions! I try to do a routine similar to this, especially when I am stressed which is when I tend to sleep the worst. I start shutting down the laptop about 10pm, drink a glass of water while making lunches, and then sit on the bed or the sofa and read a book for 10 - 15 mins. Its a great way to be productive (lunches packed), spend time with my husband, and not be glued to the television!

Wenhao Guo said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
风骚达哥 said...

20160425 junda
ray ban sunglasses outlet
vans sk8 hi
coach outlet
under armour shoes
levis jeans
ray ban sunglasses
oakley sunglasses
polo outlet
fitflops outlet
valentino shoes
lululemon sale
converse sneakers
cheap nhl jerseys
ferragamo shoes
rolex watches
canada goose outlet
nike air max
toms outlet
cheap jerseys wholesale
cartier watches
supra for sale
sac longchamp pliage
hollister clothing
vans shoes
adidas nmd
gucci outlet
coach outlet
cheap oakley sunglasses
coach purses
calvin klein underwear
christian louboutin
nike air max shoes
coach factory outlet
chaussure louboutin
gucci borse
nike cortez
oakley sunglasses
michael kors outlet

Gege Dai said...

celine outlet online
tiffany and co jewelry
ray ban sunglasses
christian louboutin outlet
michael kors bags
tods outlet
rolex watches
rolex orologi
bottega veneta outlet
longchamp pliage
christian louboutin outlet
michael kors wholesale
lebron james shoes
michael kors outlet online
adidas shoes
oakley sunglasses wholesale
hollister shirts
michael kors outlet store
coach factory outlet
soccer jerseys
prada outlet online
nike free running
prada handbags
cheap ray ban sunglasses
air max 90
polo pas cher
burberry outlet store
hollister clothing
ralph lauren outlet
mlb jerseys
true religion uk outlet
rolex uk
rolex outlet
fitflops sale
beats by dre

John said...

pandora charms sale clearance
coach outlet
timberland boots outlet
christian louboutin sale
fitflop uk
michael kors outlet
michael kors outlet
levis 501
canada goose sale
tiffany jewelry outlet
ugg sale
mlb jerseys wholesale
cheap oakley sunglasses
true religion outlet store
ray ban sunglasses
moncler outlet store
nike free flyknit 3.0
tory burch outlet online
rolex submariner
hugo boss outlet online
louis vuitton purse
ralph lauren
nike air force
hermes uk
converse shoes
ray ban sunglasses
michael kors handbags
fitflops shoes
nike roshe run women
kate spade outlet

Gege Dai said...

hollister clothing
michael kors handbags
adidas wings shoes
ugg outlet
coach outlet
nike air huarache
michael kors outlet online
michael kors uk
cheap replica watches
ralph lauren pas cher
nike air max
giuseppe zanotti shoes
foamposite shoes
michael kors outlet
louis vuitton handbags
hermes outlet
michael kors outlet
cartier uk
michael kors outlet
ray-ban sunglasses
mont blanc outlet
michael kors outlet
ray ban sunglasses
louboutin pas cher
coach outlet
tiffany outlet
michael kors factory outlet
true religion outlet
lululemon outlet
polo ralph lauren outlet
coach outlet clearance
true religion jeans
michael kors handbags
ferragamo shoes

raybanoutlet001 said...

detroit lions jerseys
nike outlet store
new york knicks
ray ban sunglasses
the north face
pandora outlet
canada goose jackets
adidas nmd runner
michael kors outlet
dolce and gabbana

1111141414 said...

adidas outlet
michael kors handbags
air jordans
nike polo
yeezy boost
atlanta falcons jersey
ferragamo belt
michael kors outlet
michael kors outlet
burberry scarf


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...