One thing that I started doing at the beginning of the year was limiting screen time at night in the bedroom. I used to spend hours after ‘going to bed’ on my phone watching YouTube, scrolling through Facebook and Twitter and checking Snapchat. Once I finally put my phone down, I would often be swamped with anxiety and therefore, falling asleep was definitely a challenge.
Often, I do still spend time on my phone after I have gotten into bed however, I try to limit this as much as possible. On the nights where I don’t use my phone in bed, I only use my it for turning my alarm on and off. The bedroom has two uses and I would like to keep it that way! Honestly each time I don’t use my phone in bed, I have less anxiety, have slept deeper and find it easier to wake up in the morning. I also have more time for reading and writing in my journal which are both things I wanted to do more of this year.
My tips for a better nights sleep:
Go to bed at the same time each night – sometimes this isn’t possible however, most nights this is doable for me. When I started going to bed around the same time each night, I created a routine for my body clock and found that I would wake up around the same time each morning.
Put your phone down – before I get into bed each night, I set my alarm and respond to anything I need to. This way once I get into the bedroom, I can put my phone on charge and have no reason to look at it for the rest of the evening.
Make yourself a cup of tea – when the weather is not too hot, I make a cup of boiling hot tea to take up to bed so I can sit in bed sipping on my cup of tea and diving into a good book, which leads into my next and final tip.
Reading – I recommend a good fiction book for bedtime because your brain doesn’t get too stimulated plus I find I fall asleep faster when I am reading a good story book.
Hopefully you too can get a better nights sleep.
P.s. how pretty is my tea cup? It’s a vintage Royal Doulton one that my grandma found in an op shop for $2! Op shop finds are the best.