The last few months, I feel like I’ve been in a bit of a funk. I’ve had a few nights where I’ve not had the greatest sleep; or I slept/stayed up late. My body clock is all out of whack, and it has a knock on effect, doesn’t it? Sleep is kinda the cornerstone of our lives… if I’m not feeling well, my first instinct is to try to get some sleep! I’ve been reading a really interesting book about skincare, and a point was brought up about how sleep effects our skin and general health, so we should try to wake up at the same time every day. That made me think: would it make a big difference to my life if I tried to reset my body clock and try out a bit more of a structured sleep pattern?
There’s nothing I enjoy more than climing into bed after a nice day. Actually, scratch that. The thing I love most is climbing into bed WITH FRESH SHEETS after a nice day. It’s one of those simple pleasures in life. Why don’t I make sure that each night’s sleep is just as good as that feeling? Sleep has always been really key in my well-being; if I don’t get a good night’s sleep I feel ill all day. So, I’m attempting reset my body clock, and make an effort to get the best sleep I can!
Waking up at 7am every day
I’ve always been more of a morning person. Unless I’m really sick or something, or just in the mood for a lie in, I’ll be out of bed early. My job also means that I need to be up early. I’ve talked about it before, when it comes to blogging with a full time job. I used to set my alarm for 6:15 or 6:30, get up, take a shower, and then lie on the bed scrolling through my phone for 30 minutes. That time felt so wasted, and that alarm felt so abrasive. So I’m giving myself that time back. My alarm is now set for 7am now, whether or not I need to be at work. Getting into that routine is actually helping me be more productive. Of course, Rex still hasn’t quite gotten used to the new morning routine, and he still comes a-calling at 6:30 for breakfast. See, he likes his routine too! I’ve also started waking up more naturally around the time of my alarm. It seems waking up every day at the same time has helped to reset my body clock!
Limiting my phone use an hour before bedtime
Scrolling through my phone is like second nature… actively not looking at it is HARD! Worse still, if I’m having trouble sleeping, I usually pick up my phone, which in turn keeps me awake! The last week or so, I’ve been charging my phone in another room. I plug it in, put it on silent, and then disappear into the bedroom. Reading before bed (instead of being on my phone) has actually meant that I’m falling asleep faster, and sleeping better. Lately, I’ve also been struggling a bit with a lull in creativity. Making this little change has actually helped! Apparently, reading fiction before bed engages your imagination and means you dream better. That in turn helps you be more creative! I don’t know if that’s factually accurate, but I sure like the sound of it!
Focusing on a soothing bedtime routine
When you were a kid, you had a bedtime routine, right? Bath time, brush your teeth and into your pajamas. Well, why can’t that be true as an adult. This one is dual-purpose in that I’m trying to take better care of my skin, so I’ve begun washing my face as part of my bedtime routine. I know, I wasn’t already doing this on a daily basis which is so bad! I’ve only skimped once or twice (TBH I was drunk and just wanted to get in bed…) but taking that little bit of time also feels a bit like self-care! So this is where I’m taking my bedtime routine:
1: Put the kettle on and make a cup of tea.
2: Wash my face, moisturize, etc.
3: Turn on the fairy lights for ambient lighting and get in bed!
4: Read for at least half an hour.
5: Get a glorious night’s sleep!
The real question is, is it working? Well, so far, yes! I’ve noticed an immediate difference. I’m sleeping better, I feel less sluggish in the morning, I’ve got a bit more energy, and I’m definitely being more productive. I even went to the gym a bit more and could feel a difference in my attention. My mood is great; I feel like I’m coming out of this fog I’ve been stuck in for the last few months. I think it’s save to say, taking the time to reset my body clock and get a good night’s sleep is doing me a world of good!