I avoid sleep unless exhaustion allows it. When not exhausted, I struggle to calm down and drift off.
Being somebody who is always tired and feeling (in general) crummy most of the time, I was interested to see just how much getting a decent nights sleep would help!
Start with some retail therapy
To get motivated, I made sure I had some brand new cosy pajamas!
- Stop drinking caffeinated beverages after 4 p.m. (avoid all stimulants if possible)
- Don’t look at screens after 9 p.m. – e.g TV/ Cell Phones/ Computer
- Start the routine of getting ready for bed at 10 p.m.
- Read something chillaxing for 15 minutes before turning out the light and hitting the hay
- Adhere to the above for 14 days and see what results from the effort!
I put this experiment off for weeks because I “didn’t have time for sleep”.
Being too absorbed in everything else was my biggest adversary to attempting this experiment, but a lot of people struggle with this one…
“I don’t even like to sleep – I feel as if there’s too much to do.” – James Franco
I was expecting results on the first night, which didn’t happen. The third night was when the magic kicked in! I woke up before the alarm. And better still, my first thought wasn’t “Jesus no!” instead, dare I say it? I felt AWAKE (for somebody who doesn’t usually invest a lot of time in sleeping, this feeling was somewhat new and exciting).
I became something of a morning person though unfortunately, my energy levels didn’t last all day.
The experiment didn’t change my life. What it did do was make getting up for work in the morning painless.
I found the rule about staying away from TV/computer for an hour before bed to be very valid! On the nights I neglected to do this, I found it difficult to get to sleep where as the other nights getting to sleep was instantaneous with turning off the light.
In conclusion, sleep may not be the complete answer, but in just three days, my mornings changed dramatically for the better, and falling asleep came easily at night.
I feel that I will defiantly be keeping sleep as a priority going forward, although I doubt that I will be sticking to the rules so religiously…