Are you struggling to get a good sleep? Unless I had an intense workout, I would typically lie awake for hours of sleeplessness. It could be midnight or four in the morning, and I would jump to write down an idea or get a glass of water, sans-fatigue. However, it was the next day that I would start crashing. A slow burn, through which I’d down some coffee, dot some eye drops awkwardly onto my face, then try again and succeed in targeting my eyes. I’d then exchange after-dinner activities in lieu of a nap with my cat. And so, this would often continue in patterns. However, in the last year, I came across an activity which allowed me to rectify this. This is the crucial lifestyle shift that cured my sleeplessness!
Having refused to touch a book for many years after university, I returned to reading when I realized that this could adjust my sleeplessness. Instead of feeling antsy and alive, I would begin to fade mentally and physically upon reaching the 100-page mark. One response that I get often is “How do you have time for that?”. To be frank, 100 pages takes maybe an hour, aka one less Netflix episode. As well, the vibrant glow of our devices is partially responsible for our sleeplessness sometimes. Why not trade it in for paper occasionally if it benefits your efficiency and health?
Sleeplessness is a Growing Issue
With sleeplessness on the rise and present within one in three people, it can be helpful to think through how often this occurs for you. It took me a long time to identify my patterns admittedly, and now that I have things under control, I notice. Not only am I reading up to 100 pages daily, I am much more efficient than I used to be. I run The Liminal Network, work full-time, participate in multiple boot camp sessions weekly, freelance, organize monthly food meet ups and make time for friends, family and my partner. All the while reading 1-2 books per week. With odd exception of course, I have days where that just doesn’t fly. My thought is that if the CEO of Indigo, Heather Reisman can do it and still maintain a life balance, so can we.
Perhaps you don’t enjoy reading but still endure sleeplessness. Sleepy tea works wonders, as does a nice podcast or calming music (no screens!). I have also had light therapy recommended, and this has worked for many of my friends. Another side to sleeplessness is stress. Taking a peek at this list of soothing websites might help, or focusing more on your personal wellness. Taking a moment to ponder your sleeplessness may sound annoying, but overall, this should have a positive impact on your health and efficiency day-to-day. I hope this has been helpful! If you have any tips on combating sleeplessness, feel free to leave them in the comments below.