How To Get Enough Sleep

 

Every Monday night I struggle to get to sleep. It’s the one night I need to get extra sleep because I wake up extra early on Tuesday mornings.

What happens is that I get all cozy, I close my eyes, and I can’t relax. I have to pee, I’m cold, I’m hot, it’s too bright, there’s an annoying noise outside, the sheets are coming undone. Suddenly, it’s midnight and I’m panicking. Suddenly, it’s 2 am, and I’m really panicking. Not only will I be exhausted the next day, but my gym session will suffer for it.

Has this ever happened to you?

I like to think that anxiety plays a big part with sleep. Because I know I need to get up early I’m so worried about not sleeping, that I don’t sleep at all.

How could I help myself get better sleep?

Here are my tactics to help fall asleep and stay asleep . . . (Oh, and yes, there’s some Lady Gaga pics to demonstrate. I do love Lady Gaga.)

 

Avoid caffeine past 2 pm.

If you really like coffee, like I do, stick to no more than 2 cups in the morning and stop drinking by 2 PM.

 

cool it with the alcohol consumption.

Drinking can interrupt your circadian rhythm and it reduces REM sleep. Though you might get to sleep quicker, you won’t necessarily have a rested sleep. And you’re going to be getting up a lot to use the bathroom.

 

Eat enough food, especially carbs.

Some people might be different but for me, I cannot sleep when I’m hungry. My stomach gargles and my body is alert. Like I said in my post about Intermittent Fasting, you get sleepy after you’ve eaten a lot because your body is working hard to digest it.

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, the classic Italian New Yorker. Her father opened a trattoria on the Upper West Side. Check it out.

 

Put away your screens and read a book.

Watching TV is overstimulating. It keeps you awake. But reading will make you so tired that you might fall asleep before you even finish the chapter.

 

Take a hot shower or a bath.

Self explanatory, but here’s a pic of Gaga by Terry Richardson.

 

Don’t drink liquids before bedtime.

A lot of us don’t drink throughout the day and try to make up for it at night, but this will cause you to get up in the middle of the night and race to the bathroom for multiple pee-sessions. (If you have trouble drinking water throughout the day, set up Reminder notifications in your phone for every two hours.)

Drinking lots of water might make you feel like Gaga in her Judas music video. That wave knocks her over, FYI.

 

Roll out muscles.

If you don’t have a foam roller… You need one. I use mine every night before bed to roll out the knots in my shoulders and crack my back.

 

Get into bed an hour before you plan on sleeping.

When you get into bed, do you really turn off the light and fall asleep ASAP? You do? Damn. Okay, well I don’t do that. I mess around on my phone, I listen to a podcast, or I read. Knowing this, if I want to “Go to bed” at 10:30, I better get into bed by 9:30-9:45.

If you are lucky enough to get into bed with Gaga one day, make sure it’s actually Gaga and not her AHS Hotel character, The Countess, because she will drink your blood.

 

Meditate / Listen to something relaxing.

I prefer a guided body scan meditation to help me fall asleep. Ideally, get something in audio format so you can just fall asleep after it ends and you don’t have to worry about locking your phone. But to start, I really enjoy listening to Michael Sealey’s guided meditations on YouTube.


Comment below and tell me what you do to help fall asleep. I’m sure I missed something!