Changing habits: Sleep

I wish I could be one of these people who puts their head on their pillow and fall straight to sleep. I’m not one of those people. At all. I can lie awake for hours before finally dozing off and I’m such a light sleeper that little things such as sunlight or noise from outside can wake me up.

The issue

At the moment is that I’m between jobs. Up until recently I was working long hours as a nanny. I lived with the family I worked for so I would work until 7/8pm, go up to my room, shower and fall asleep not long after. This kind of worked for me, I was exhausted enough to fall asleep quickly instead of staring at the ceiling for half of the night.

Long story short, I finished my time working for that family and returned home with a couple of promising interviews lined up. The plan is to get a job in a city a bit closer to home but this time renting a room in a house share so I have a better work/life balance. The promising interviews didn’t come through so I’m still at home trying to secure a job. With my routine gone, my sleep pattern has screwed up and I’m back to staring at the ceiling at 2am.

Something has to change

I’ve been reading a lot of articles about how to sleep better. They tend to all give similar advice; limit caffeine, keep the room cool and dark, no screens before bed, read, go to bed the same time every night and wake up the same time every day etc. I’ve experimented with a few of these before so I know that going to bed and waking up the same time doesn’t work for me. Not when I don’t have a job forcing me to get up at the same time every morning. When I’ve been awake at 3am and my alarm goes off at 8.30 I don’t have the will power to drag myself out of bed unless there’s somewhere I have to be. I grumpily turn the alarm off and have another hour or two.

The plan

For the last few days I’ve been using my bullet journal to track how much caffeine I’ve been drinking. I’m now down to 2/3 cups a day and I drink only decaf after 6pm. However a few of the articles I’ve read, including this one from the website sleepeducation.org┬ástates that caffeine can take up to 6 hours to leave your system so I’m going to change this to no caffeine after 4pm.

The next thing I’m going to try is a sleep mask. I have black out curtains but still get woken up by the sun poking through in the morning. I did a bit of searching on amazon and found a sleep mask with great reviews, so I bought it and will be trying it out over the next few days.

Those two steps might not sound like much but I’m hoping they will have an effect. The next thing I’m going to do is come up with an evening routine but I still need to dig into that a bit further. If anyone knows any good blog posts or tutorials for making an evening/bedtime routine, please send the links my way =)

Take care,

Hayley x

 

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