Hello everybody and welcome to the second edition of my blog in this series. Last week I spoke to you about how I’d rather cry instead of wanting to #JumpforJune due to a lack of sleep! It’s sooooooo weird though because right now it’s 23:30 and I feel like JUMPING! My energy levels are through the roof and goodness knows when I’ll be sleeping….but there’s one thing I know for sure, I’ll be a zombie in the morning. It’ll be like a zombie apocalypse. Not good!
Why am I sooooo hyper and wide awake!?!! Because I’m not following through on my own advice! I don’t OWN my sleep at the moment and this is something I need to regain control over.
What have I done wrong today to lead me to being so AWAKE?
1. Not switching off from work!
Being self-employed means that it’s quite easy to ‘not switch off.’ I’ve been working on my projects until quite late tonight. Even whilst typing this paragraph, I’ve been back and forth to check emails, social media and all sorts. STOP. That’s what I’ve just told myself.
Having no set boundaries can really blur the lines. No matter how excited you may be, you have a duty of care with your work to perform in a peak state. Unfortunately most people will be in bed by 23:00 so there’s only so much you can do. Switch off at a certain time every day for you to perform to your best ability when needs be (as in daytime hours)!
2. Not being ‘present’ during the day for my work activities
It’s no wonder my mind is buzzing with ideas now. I’ve spent most of my day procrastinating. Same advice as above. STOP!Being ‘present’ whilst doing any activity is going to make you more focused which means that you’re more likely to finish a task on time with due care and attention. When you’re focussed and get things done, you’re more likely to switch off at night.
3. I’ve drank caffeine!
So my body is super sensitive to caffeine and I try to limit myself to one cup of tea (not even coffee) a day.
For a lot of us, our natural reaction to feeling sluggish during the day is to grab a cup of tea, coffee, pop etc. STOP. Although you’re probably not as freakishly sensitive to caffeine as I am, caffeine is the worst thing you can intake when feeling sluggish. You’re feeling that way for a reason and you need to ensure you listen to your body and go with the flow. Have regular breaks where you can and perhaps substitute the caffeine to natural highs like bee pollen! That may leave you feeling genuinely tired at night and alert during the day because you’re not messing with your internal rhythm. As a rule of thumb, avoid caffeinated drinks after 2pm!
4. I’ve been using my computer and phone!
Bad, bad move!!! We should not be using out devices late at night. Especially our phones. Tablets, phones etc emit blue light. Blue light messes with our melatonin levels (a natural sleep hormone) and our brain gets tricked in thinking we need to be awake! STOP. Put your phone and tablets down. Our ancestors survived long before we had these devices and I bet they slept better!
5. No night routine
So I’ve literally worked, gone to bed, taken my phone with me and started to write this blog. STOP. Where’s the night routine!?!?
Having a night time routine conditions ourselves for sleep. Here’s how one may look like:
– Finishing work no later than 6pm and writing a ‘to do’ list for tomorrow
– Eating at a sensible time so our bodies can digest food appropriately and so we aren’t too full to sleep
– Not using any electrical devices like phones and tablets after a certain time
– Relax e.g. Having a bath, meditating etc
– Mood lighting – having a dim lit room to prepare your body and mind for sleep
– Going to bed when truly tired, not just sitting in bed gaming or watching Netflix!
Anyway, I’m listening to advice and putting my phone down (I’ve been using my phone to write this blog). I hope this blog has helped and let’s take back our OWN out sleeping patterns once again!
Until next time,
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