Yesterday, I posted about the things I do to ease my sleepless nights in a healthy way. Today, I want to share a different kind of advice, which what I do not do during a sleepless episode.
Following my 3 tips from yesterday’s post:
Screens are permitted. As long as you use the nigh-time mode with warmer tones (the warmer the better, try to get out of your comfort zone here). However, movies that are too noisy, stressful, or with too much action are not the ones that will get you to sleep. I know that watching shows that are quiet and, especially when I know the way they end, helps me slow down and go to sleep. On the other hand, if I’m anxious to know what happens, there is no way I’m relaxing, even when the movie is over.
You can also use your screen to read. A real book is comforting to some, but if you choose a digital book, it’s okay too. However, here again, don’t forget to switch to the night-time mode.
Sometimes, it’s good to get up and walk a little or read. For long, I listened to people who said that you should never get up because wake you up. Well, sometimes I wonder if these people ever had real difficulties to fall asleep and stay asleep at all.
During one of my sleepless episodes, I decided that at least my awake extra time should help me tackle a thing or two on my to-do list. I tried to get to work, and quickly felt that it was not going to work for me. Starting to work was increasing my stress level, even more realizing that I was too exhausted mentally to do any good work. Instead, I decided to read.
Of course, I chose something light. I walked to the kitchen, drank a glass of water walk quietly (I do not live alone, and I’m the only one having difficulties sleeping), and then got to read. I made sure not to feel too warm. After a while, I was cold, and had read enough for my eyes to feel tired. I was relieved to retrieve the coziness of my bed. It’s a technique I still use today. I’m not afraid to get up, I’m just really aware of my actions when I get up.
I do not use environment modifiers. White noise machines and ear plugs are short term solutions. If something happens in the street and you can’t make it stop but have to get your rest anyways before the day starts, go for it. But if you start creating a complete arsenal of artefacts that rapidly become indispensable for you to sleep, well, maybe it’s not that practical of a long term solution. What happens when you can’t have all these? You don’t sleep anymore?
You can quickly become dependant on such tools, and I wouldn’t advise using them in the long run.
There are advices on advices out here, bu my advice would be “you do you”. Whatever works best for you is the right answer. What you should keep in mind though is the long term view. If you start creating a dependance on it, it’s not good. If you think that the latest horror movie is going to help you have sweet dreams, not sure about that either. Working on what is troubling you in hope that you will sleep better when the job is done is not the most efficient way to help you disconnect from the worry wheel. Experiment, but be smart and sensible: bad habits that get you to the right result are still bad habits.
Have a great day 🤍