Everyone knows how important sleep is, yet nobody really thinks about or prioritizes it. It just is a naturally occurring thing. I know myself, I used to go to bed whenever my body tells me to, if my body isn't tired I'm up all night watching TV or laying in bed with my iPad. Then wakeup the next day to the most annoying alarm sound, smash the snooze button, roll back over in bed for 7 minutes where I think "I hope the power shutoffs so I don't have to turn off the alarm clock." Sadly, that has never happened yet. When I finally start my day I never feel 100% and I probably look it as well. This has been going on since college for me until learned I how much of a disservice I’m doing to mind, body, spirit, and career.
I wanted a better life and my first step was taking control of my sleep. Sounds dumb, lets become better by just lying in bed for 8+ hours, but it’s where I wanted to start. So I set myself a bedtime like I was elementary school once again, but no bedtime readings from mom. At 7:30 all lights off or deemed, 8:00 silence phone and iPad (hardest part), 8:05 good hygiene practices, 8:30 light stretching/mediation (something to calm my mind), 8:45 journaling to stop all the nagging questions everyone gets at night, 9:00 wait for mom to tuck me in bed, 9:02 remember that you don't live with mom and you're a big boy now, 9:05 read a decent book until my eyes give up, 6:30am never having to use the alarm clock again.
After a week of this bed schedule, I noticed everything was better. I was happier, I was more productive, my brain didn't stutter, and much more. My body was finally working how it was supposed to be after all these years. I just cracked the code to being superhuman, prioritize sleep. Did my social life hurt a little, sure but there is a weekend for a reason. I would still try to sleep as sound as I could, but all sleep and no play makes Mark go crazy.
I can go into the studies that say that if you get 6 hours of sleep daily it has the same effects has having 4 drinks of booze. Or that once you regulate sleep patterns your hormones normalize and fat loss occurs. But I like to only do something if I try it and I feel a difference. If I feel a positive change I don't care what the science says ill do it and keep to it.
Tips for falling asleep:
-Set a sleep schedule
-Calm down and relax 2 hours before bed
-TURN OFF ELECTRONICS (science time, blue light from electronics stops your brain from producing melatonin. The hormone that makes you fall asleep and stay asleep)
Journal or Diary
Wake up and go outside. This helps stop the production of melatonin and helps you function.
Sleep in a clean and made bed
No heavy meals or booze 2 hours before bed
My best tip sleep in a room with absolutely NO LIGHT. Get blackout curtains, no lights coming from under the door, and no nightlights (you're a big boy)