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Preparing to sleep

Yes, it’s 9am and I’m already thinking about sleeping again. Can you blame me? Once this exam is over, I’m going back to the flat to sleep for a while before I start the mad panic of getting ready to go back to the mad house in Lisburn. I really wish I could stay in Glasgow but I think it’ll do me some good to get away from the flat for a few days. 

I’m looking forward to being able to sleep without being guilty though, any sleep recently has had me feeling guilty for not revising or job hunting. But when I get home, I can finally get back into the routine of no screens before bed! 

Some of you might question how that’s possible, especially when I seem to spend all day every day on my phone or using my laptop, but it’s not as difficult as you may think. The routine is a little different at home to what is here, but the overall aim is the same.
After dinner, I tend to pick what time I want to be asleep by. Whether it’s more revision, a particular chat I want to take part in, or the next episode of some must-see tv show is on, I take that into consideration and set my bedtime for an hour after whatever it is finishes. An example of that would be, last night I knew I wanted to be asleep by 11 o’clock because of my exam this morning. The final Twitter chat that I considered taking part in started at 9pm and so if I was to be off my phone at 10 it would give me an hour before sleep.

When the clock struck 10, I put my phone on the charger and started removing makeup and brushing teeth. I then read for half an hour, sometimes I knit, to take me to 10:40 when I then get into bed and follow a 20 minute guided meditation programme to help me shut down for the night. 
Normally when I do this I get a fantastic night’s sleep. Now I know there are a lot of people who don’t like reading in bed, or never learnt to knit. So I thought I’d provide a list of other things you could do for the hour before bed.

  • Tidy. People claim that a tidy room helps you sleep better.
  • Prepare meals for the next day.
  • Have a warm shower/bath.
  • Meditate
  • Read
  • Knit
  • Write (not type but physically write) the next day’s to do list
  • Plan more blog posts. I love trying to think of post ideas when I’m trying to sleep.
  • Play a board game or a game of cards.
  • Write lists of whatever – coming up to Christmas I list what I’m buying for each person or my plans on how to decorate.
  • Go for a walk
  • Other light exercise
  • Do some creative writing of any kind
  • Draw or colour in – adult colouring books are so much fun!
  • Do a puzzle! Remember the night I was so bored I made my own sudoku?
  • Bake!

Can you think of any other things to do without involving screens? Let me know!
Ktkinnes xx

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