You lay down in your bed, ready to go to sleep.
Except you’re not ready to go to sleep, you just want to go to sleep because it’s late.
You’re laying there physically tired, but your mind is racing.
Thinking of everything you need to get done, but haven’t.
Or maybe you’re bored and need something to occupy your mind.
Either way, it all causes the same problem…
You can’t let go of the day.
You don’t want to go to sleep because you’re not ready for this day to end.
You want to hang on to this day just a little longer.
Deep down you know why you can’t let go of today.
Because nothing meaningful was accomplished.
The entire day was wasted, and now it’s almost gone forever.
Do you know what the worst part of all is?
Despite what you tell yourself tonight — you’re going to do the same thing tomorrow. And the day after.
And the day after and after, etc.
Until you finally commit to making a change.
The vicious cycle
For most people, insomnia is a bad habit.
You can’t get to sleep because you aren’t taking care of yourself.
And you’re drinking several energy drinks a day because you can’t sleep.
Something screwed up your sleep cycle at one point, and now this is the result.
Now you need something to jolt you out of this funk.
You need a mission
Where are you going in life?
Not where you’ve been or where you are — where are you headed?
That’s what drives us.
If you’re going nowhere, it’s depressing, and your mental and physical health will reflect that.
You don’t need to start a business to have a mission in life.
You can aim for a promotion at your job, you could finally lose those extra 40 lbs you’ve been hanging on to, or you could perfect your tennis swing — whatever excites you!
Find your thing and get after it, because that’s an incentive to get a good night’s rest and it also gives you more reason to be excited about waking up in the morning.
It all starts when the alarm goes off
There are two primary ways you can attempt to fix your sleep schedule.
You can try going to bed earlier…
Yeah, right — can’t get to bed at a late time, but going to bed early works?
Or you can commit to waking up earlier.
You have to control your strongest sleep-related habit to control your sleep schedule — the time you wake up.
When you stick to a consistent wake time, everything else falls into place.
You will be more tired than usual at first, but it doesn’t take long for your body to adjust to the new schedule.
You don’t have to go to sleep at the same time every night. As long as you wake up at the same time every day, or close to it, you can maintain consistent energy levels from day to day.
How I beat insomnia
I was talking to myself in the opening of this article because that’s who I used to be.
Even during the times I’ve had something I’m working towards to drive me, I still struggled with insomnia.
Today it’s no longer an issue.
Although I’ve tested probably hundreds of different things from sleep aids, sleep apps, avoiding electronics after a certain time, etc. there’s really only one thing I can credit for eliminating insomnia — taking control of my habits.
Your sleep schedule completely falls in place when you stick to a consistent waking time.
However, there have been some other things that have helped:
- Avoiding caffeine or other stimulants after noon
- Keeping the bedroom temperature cool
- Eliminating light in the bedroom as much as possible
- Epsom salt baths in the evening
- Reading for the last 30-60 minutes of the night
- And of course, sex
If you need help getting to sleep sooner, you can use a mild sleep aid. I don’t recommend using sleep aids all the time, or you’ll run the risk of becoming dependent on them.
Safe sleep aids
Before you consider using any kind of sleep aid, first make sure you aren’t consuming any stimulants (caffeine) in the afternoon.
It’s best to cut off the coffee around lunch time. Although you can probably get away with having caffeine in the afternoon and still going to sleep just fine, your quality of sleep will suffer — and it makes a difference.
There are a number of natural remedies to help you get to sleep.
I find that 5-HTP is great for when you’re dealing with stress or anxiety to help you relax.
(Also, 5-HTP is useful after consuming MDMA to help your “happy hormones” rebalance.)
Sleepy time tea will make you feel drowsy and helps you fall asleep quickly.
An unhealthy sleep schedule makes you miserable day and night.
If you’re dealing with insomnia or just a screwed up sleep schedule, it’s time to change it.
Not only for your health, but also for your energy. Second only to time, your energy is your most valuable resource.
It’s one thing to be awake, and it’s another to be active, alert, and engaged.
To start controlling your sleeping habits (and all other daily habits) get my book, Hacking Your Habits.
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