Updated: Dec 5, 2022
Hey readers! We had someone write in to get our opinion on how they can improve their sleep. We’re no doctors over here, but I can give you my point of view and what I’ve learned from my own experience.
I am someone who NEEDS sleep. Like when I say need, I mean anything under seven hours or less and I am no use to the world. I am someone who needs to be on a set schedule, and if I have more than three nights that are not on my schedule, I need at least a week to re-calibrate. When I tell people about my sleep schedule, they think I’m insane; but it’s just how my body is wired. When I was a teenager, I would be able to fall asleep anywhere and anytime, but now, I just can’t do it, so having a good schedule is important to me. So how can you improve your sleep?
I don’t have the magic answer, but I can let you know some things that helped me. A few years ago, I was getting barely any sleep and my body went into shock, like literally. I would wake up every few hours and have massive headaches. I would also be so tired throughout the day, but once it came time to go to sleep, I’d be wide awake. It became so bad that I felt like a zombie and feel like I could no longer enjoy things. I was chronically tired and always catching up on sleep. It was a terrible feeling. I went to my doctor and they gave me some advice. Some things worked, while others didn't, but here are the top things that helped me improve my sleep:
1. Avoid excessive naps throughout the day
This is tough, because if you're chronically tired, you feel like you want to sleep constantly. But, if you are napping throughout the day, you might throw off you window of sleep during the night. Keep naps to 20-30 minutes no matter how tired you are to optimize your sleep at night.
2. Try exercising
Not only does exercise give you energy, but it also helps you wear out your body that you are naturally tired towards the end of the day. If you do exercise mid-day, this will help you get into a rhythm to fall and stay asleep faster.
3. Avoid having caffeine after certain hours
This is also hard because if your body is operating on zero fuel, caffeine helps you feel like you can survive throughout the day, but it can also be the reason why you’re so exhausted. After a certain time - cut out the caffeine. For me, that’s 2pm. Also - try to find alternatives to coffee like matcha or tea.
What do you guys think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!