I am a girl who loves sleep. Even at age 30, I have no problem sleeping (way) in on the weekends, and in fact, I prefer to do just that whenever possible. And I’m not a napper unless I’m sick or totally wiped out, but when I go down at night, I go down pretty hard. No sleep aids required.
That’s why, when I’m not getting great sleep, I’m not a happy camper. And unfortunately, for the past couple of weeks, that has been the case, thanks to both external circumstances (noisy neighbors, noisy feline) and this stupid head cold I’ve had for the past week. Also–and this is something I’m sure most of you can relate to and that I only just recently started thinking about–I sleep with my cell phone right next to me on my nightstand, and I keep it on just in case someone calls or texts me in the middle of the night. When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do once I’m kinda-sorta awake is check my email, and there are many that come in during the wee hours of the morning, which means the light on my phone is flickering on and off. That’s not good when you’re trying to sleep, even if you don’t realize it’s happening, and it’s especially not good when you’re having problems sleeping already.
So I was excited to read (yes, I’m a nerd) this Huffington Post article called “How to Set Up Your Bedroom for Sleep Success,” and especially interested to see that it advises people to charge their electronics in a room other than their bedrooms–or, at least, turn their phones over so the screen is facing down and turn the ringer to silent when they go to sleep. I’ve been doing just that for the past few nights, and while yes, my cat and my neighbors have finally decided to quiet down, and I’m probably more tired than usual from being sick, I’m finding that I’ve actually been sleeping better. My alarm still rings as loud as ever when it’s time to get up, but there’s none of those telltale email dings at 5:45, and no texts from my little brother in California waking me up at 2 a.m. my time. What a relief.
Any sleep tips to share? I’d love to know. (A nice cup of tea and reading a book or magazine–as opposed to watching TV or playing on the Internet–are two of my others.)
P.S. Apparently I have sleep on the brain this week, huh?
Photo: Sarah Hermans