Hello and welcome to my Tuesday Tip numero dos. (Will I keep counting in Spanish? Only time will tell.)
Today I want to talk about sleep.
How are you sleeping these days? Is your sleep restless? Are you having trouble falling asleep - or staying asleep? Do you wake up several times in the night to then get up in the morning feeling exhausted and like you didn't really get any rest?
I hear you my friend!
This is a big problem for a lot of people in our modern world.
There are many reasons for poor sleep, including too much caffeine, hormonal imbalances, lack of a daily routine, eating too much just before bed, jet lag, shift work, stress, not being able to wind down before bed etc. etc.
And then there are also the more serious and longer-term sleep disorders, such as insomnia, sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome. Not fun, for sure.
Each of the issues listed above would warrant a whole blog.
However, for today's Tuesday Tip I am going to focus on a little something called an electronic screen. Ah yes, the mobile phone you're currently holding while scrolling through this blog, or that laptop that's lying on top of your chest at this very moment while you're tucked away in bed, ready for a bit of a Grey's Anatomy binge.
If you've been experiencing subpar sleep recently you could try having a no screen policy before bed. Sleep specialists recommend that you stop using electronic devices, like your phone, computer, tablet etc., at least 30 minutes before bedtime.
I know, I know, this might seem like too big of an ask. We're all human and we're living in 2020, cut us some slack!
I totally get it.
But why not make a deal with yourself that for the next three nights only, you ditch your screens at least half an hour before getting into bed? Instead you could curl up with a book (yes, an actual physical, feel the paper and smell the pages, book) before drifting off into dreamland.
Try this tonight and then for the next couple of nights and see if you notice a difference in the quality of your sleep.