How to sleep better if you’re not a morning person
Are you are a morning person?
You’ll know if you are, because you’ll wake up feeling ready for your day.
If you wake up feeling tired there are two possible reasons why.
- You’re not getting enough sleep.
- You’re not getting enough quality sleep.
Whatever people come to see me for, they often want to sort out their sleep as well. It’s also one of the first things to improve: a sign the body is healing itself.
3 tips if you want to be a morning person
- Only drink coffee in the morning and don’t have any caffeine after 2pm. Recent studies show that caffeine interferes with quality of sleep in most people. Chocolate and green tea also contain caffeine.
- Keep your bedroom environment calm, uncluttered and gadget-free.
Charge your phone outside of the bedroom, and use an old-fashioned alarm clock. All gadgets give out blue light that stops your body producing melatonin and affects your circadian rhythm. Blue light keeps your brain alert when it’s time for you to relax and wind down. [Related post: the gift of circadian rhythms]
- Create a relaxing bedtime routine and stick to it.
Have a shower and using products with relaxing fragrances such as lavender. Drink a herbal bedtime tea last thing before going to sleep.
Simple changes make a difference over time.
You probably have a busy life and a long to-do list.
When you look after your sleep you’ll get more out of your day.
It takes time to create new habits so start with one thing, and try to build it alongside an existing habit.
Calming routines at the start and end of your day don’t sound very exciting but have an impact on your overall well-being.
If you feel you need professional help to get your sleep back on track, please feel free to get in touch.