Updated: Jul 4
While we are all locked up inside our houses, we’ve lost track of time. Our routines are messed up, and the need for sleep is never fulfilled. And we shamelessly blame it on the lockdown. But who are we kidding? Back in the days, we’d still have a messy sleep schedule. So if you are a student or a working professional looking for ways to fix your sleep cycle.
Here’s are some of my suggestions that you can try to fix your sleep!
1. Planning is IMPORTANT
Reward yourself with a tasty breakfast, so you have more motivation to wake up early. Set a reminder that will alert you 30 minutes before it’s time to go to bed. Pre-plan your activities tonight and also your to-do-list for the next morning. Make your bed after waking up so you won’t be tempted to go back there. Put your phone out of reach, so the next morning you have to get out of bed to turn the alarm off. Turn off all of your screens 1 hour before bed to get your brain ready to sleep. Stop drinking water 1 hour before bed, so you don’t have to wake up during the night or get up as you’re trying to fall asleep.
2. You are What You Eat
Eat food with magnesium like almonds, peanuts and pumpkin seeds, and zinc mushrooms, kale, chickpeas to improve your quality sleep. Try to eat dinner early, since you’ll digest your food early, your body can focus on getting the restful sleep it needs. Drink lots of water after you wake up, you’re not going to feel too tired throughout the day.
3. Hot Showers are filled with magic.
Shower at night, a hot shower or bath will help you to relax before bed. After waking up head straight up to the bathroom to wash your face with cold water or have a nice shower
4. Music can soothe your soul.
Listen to light music before bedtime. This will help you fall asleep faster. Listen to your favourite playlist after you wake up to put you in a good mood.
Personally, this is my least favourite thing to do, but you gotta do what you gotta do. Get fresh air when you wake up, refresh your thoughts, and helps your brain clear out in the morning. Open the windows when you wake up and enjoy the vitamin D while basking in the sun-kissed glow. Have a quick morning workout/run, and this will help you feel energized during the day and sleepy when you should be going to bed. Expend energy during the day, so you feel tired at night.
Try to wake up at the same time every day; consistency is the key. Meditate before bed, it’s relaxing and stress-reducing. After dinner, put on your cozy pj’s, pour into your journal, read a book, prepare to relax, and let your mind unwind.