Turning 40 last year made me realize I’m not getting any younger and that I need to work harder at taking better care of myself for the years to come. Instead of setting resolutions for the New Year, which I never seem to keep anyway, I am going to work on changing some of my worst lifestyle habits gradually through the course of the year. Especially by taking steps to better sleep in 2015!
I started wearing a fitness band a few months ago and I was appalled when faced with the reality of how poor my sleep habits are. Some nights I woke up as many as six times a night, often getting less than four hours total sleep! No wonder I can’t concentrate, I get frazzled easily and even confused at times!
I have made a promise to myself to work on improving my sleep habits over the coming weeks and I want to share my 5 Steps to Better Sleep in 2015.
- No eating past 7 p.m. I rarely ever eat anything after dinner, but we do eat later than we should some nights due to our busy schedules. Keeping meal times earlier in the evening will help aid in digestion and keep you from feeling sluggish and bloated when getting ready for bed.
- Limit screen time. I honestly never even thought about it until now, but some studies suggest that smart phone use right before bed (which is when I tend to get on social media the most) will disrupt sleep patterns. So I will be reaching for a book instead, which is actually something I love to do but always claim I have no time for!
- De-clutter bedroom. To really enhance my sleep experience I am in the process of de-cluttering and organizing my bedroom. I want to lie down on my bed at night to sleep and not worry about the cluttered dresser or pile of stuff on the bedroom floor. A bedroom should be a haven for rest and relaxation, not a junk room.
- Get more exercise during the day. Since wearing my fitness band I have automatically started looking for ways to get more steps in every day, without going to the gym. I find myself taking the stairs more often at work, instead of the elevator, and parking just a row or two farther away in the parking lot. I have seen for myself on the days I get more steps in, the better I seem to sleep at night.
- Limit caffeine. This one will without a doubt be the hardest for me. I drink caffeine all day, right up until I go to bed. I drink coffee occasionally, but iced tea is my downfall, I drink it all day long. So my goal is to stop drinking tea in the evenings and switch to water (I really dislike the taste of decaf tea).
Change is tough, especially when you have years of bad habits to work on, but I think I can do this! Follow me on Twitter and I’ll let you know how and if my sleep is improving with these steps to better sleep in 2015.