I’ve had sleeping issues lately. And by lately, I mean for forever.
I mainly have trouble falling asleep. I’m not sure if it’s some of my own issues or if it may at least in part be due to some of the medications that I’ve been on over the past years. I tend to have trouble just shutting my mind down. I start thinking about things I need to get done or stressing out about any number of things.
I’ve taken melatonin in the past. The stuff really does work, but I don’t want to become dependent on it. Also, I tend to wake up groggy, even if I get a full 8 hours of sleep.
I’ve been trying some new things to help me sleep. A friend suggested forming some bedtime rituals to help prepare yourself for sleeping. She’s learned that having particular habits for each of your senses helps you wind down. I’ve started drinking herbal tea at the end of the day. I have a sleep aromatherapy body lotion that I use as I head to bed. So that takes care of taste and smell. I don’t know that I can do a sound. Both Jarrod and I prefer quiet while we sleep.
Sight is also difficult because Jarrod and I have gotten into the habit of watching TV as we get ready for bed. I know this is one of the worst things you can do because the lights and colors and sound are all distracting. Plus, the light also suppresses the release of melatonin. (Aha!) I know cutting out the TV is one of the first things I should do.
How about you? Do you have any rituals you do before bed? Or any secrets that help you get to sleep?