As a medical professional, you know better than anyone the necessity of sleep. But with kids not wanting to go to bed and inconsistent work schedules, it can feel like life is trying to steal sleep away from you. You can’t always control the things that chip away at your sleep time, but you can start by finding ways to improve your sleeping habits.
You may have had this happen to you before. After a long shift or a hectic day, you are so exhausted that you think you will drop off immediately, only to find yourself lying awake for hours. If that has happened to you, you may benefit from some wind-down time before bed. Winding down gives your mind a chance to transition from the busy hubbub of the day to full relaxation. Reading a book or writing in a journal are good ways to wind down, but be wary of scrolling on a phone or another electronic device. The bright blue-light display may keep you from falling asleep.
Watch What You Drink
Sometimes we all need a little help getting through the late shift, and coffee is always there to lend a helping hand. But drinking highly caffeinated drinks too close to bedtime can make it harder to sleep. On the other side of the spectrum, a glass of wine may be the beverage of choice to wind down after a long day. While alcohol does make the body relax, it may also affect the quality of your sleep. Try light, healthy drinks, such as tea or warm milk, to soothe your body into a quality slumber.
Keep Your Sleep Space for Sleep
It’s amazing how many roles our bed can play, from a dining room table to an office space. But associating your bed with too many things other than sleep can make it harder to fall asleep there. A bedroom that is too hot or too bright can also make it difficult to fall asleep. Good curtains and cool temperatures are just a couple of ways to make your bedroom ideal for sleep.
Don’t let life steal your slumber. Sleep is a hard prize to come by, but fighting to improve your sleeping habits is well worth the effort.