Having trouble sleeping? I’ll let you in on my sleeping secrets. In the past I have suffered from insomnia most nights. I finally cracked the cycle and here is how. I had to make a few rules for myself throughout the day to ensure that I get a good night sleep.
The first thing that I implemented in my schedule and noticed a change was exercising. When you think about it, it makes the most sense. Wear yourself out so you hit the pillow hard by the end of the day. This works better for me if I exercise in the morning. If I exercise too close to bedtime then it wakes me up and I have an even harder time sleeping.
Do not lay down on your bed at any point throughout the day other than when you are sleeping. I extended this rule to also not laying down on the couch since both are comfy places that are just going to confuse me. The reason why this works is because if you associate laying down or laying in bed with being awake, then your body is not going to realize that when you lay in bed at night, you are supposed to fall asleep. That’s why you lay awake with thoughts rushing through your brain. It shouldn’t take you more than 20-30 minutes to fall asleep.
Limit thought provoking tasks before bed. Try meditating before bed to help reduce any anxious thoughts that might keep you awake at night. For you college students, the best thing you can do is stop studying for at least an hour before bed. I noticed that when I would study right before bed my brain just wouldn’t shut off. I would continue to think about what I studied and worry about the exam that was probably 2 weeks away and not even the next day.