Did you ever see that Bradley Cooper movie "Limitless" with the pills that essentially make you the superhuman version of yourself?
Now what if I told you that you had a secret, unending supply of holistic limitless pills hiding right in your own home?
They’re free of side effects and all you have to do for payment is keep your head on a pillow for 7-9 hours a night.
Would you do it?
Proper sleep simply will make you the best version of yourself. It'll make you smarter, thinner, happier, and, without enough of it, you're primed to gain weight, become depressed, and...wait, what was that last one?...oh yeah: forget stuff.
So I know it’s hard to make the time and we’ve all got super busy lives. But there're some really simple, small changes you can make here and there that, over time, will help you start to create better habits and put you into the flow of getting enough sleep.
1. Make a bedtime ritual for yourself
For me, I wash my face, brush my teeth, and read a book in low light. It doesn't have to be complicated, it just has to be consistent.
It helps tremendously in both falling and staying asleep, as well helping you stick to a somewhat consistent sleep schedule.
3. Avoid bright lights before bedtime
4. Turn your clocks away from you and stop stressing about the time
5. Power down!
Turn off the TV, shut down your computer, and stop checking your iPhone. I know this one's the toughest, but it's also the most effective.
If you love being engaged in some way as you fall asleep, listening to a podcast or reading a book in low light should do the trick.
6. Channel your inner-Eric-Northman/Bill-Comption/True-Blood-character-of-choice, and keep your bedroom cool, dark, and quiet
Buy some earplugs, invest in some blackout curtains, and try to keep your room temperature around 60-67 degrees.
Listen, you work hard and you owe it to yourself (and the people who have to be around you) to make sleep a priority.
So go forth my dear Bar Flies and cultivate that precious relationship between you and your pillow.
Demand your sleep!
Cherish it and honor it with the respect it deserves!
Now go forth and go to bed!