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 madhouse 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 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.
- 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?
Can you think of any other things to do without involving screens? Let me know!