I can’t seem to fall asleep says the person staring at the iPhone while lying in bed.
Let’s face it, you’re probably guilty of this. You may even be reading this post on your iPhone right now as you lie in bed.
You probably also leave your laptop running and have a number of other electronics in your room emitting artificial light thats killing your sleep.
I have done all of the above. On occasion I still dick around on my phone minutes before I plan on going to bed. I did it last night, so it’s no wonder why I only got about 3 hours of sleep last night and feel absolutely exhausted as I type this post.
I’ve been a sufferer of insomnia since I can remember. I have tried many different things to fall asleep and stay asleep. Some have worked, others have not.
Here are some things TO DO and NOT TO DO before bed if you want to get decent sleep:
DO NOT stare at a tv screen, iPhone screen, computer screen etc. at least one hour before bed.
DO meditate for 20 minutes before going to bed.
DO NOT read non fiction before going to bed. The goal to good sleep is turning off your problem solving mind. Read fiction instead.
DO exercise during the day. Days that I lift or go for a run usually result in me getting some decent sleep.
DO NOT drink alcohol before bed. Yes, alcohol will help you pass out, but it doesn’t lead to good sleep. If your like me you probably wake up during the middle of night after a few nightcaps. Also don’t drink coffee after 4 p.m., this one should be rather obvious.
DO black out your windows. This is something that I’ve done recently to make sure no light gets into my room. I’ve used tin foil and black trash bags to completely cover my windows. Blacking out your windows may cause others to think your a serial killer in the making, but trust me, it will help you fall asleep and stay asleep.
DO NOT leave artificial light sources on. Turn off your computer. Cover up your TV. Unplug the multicolor alarm clock.
DO go to a testicular cancer support group and cry into an ex-bodybuilder’s bitch tits.