We've spent the past month here discussing different takes on procrastination. For me, procrastination comes from exhaustion. In order to feel productive and stay on schedule with work, I have to protect my sleep. That means a solid eight hours a night, especially on deadline.
It's an ongoing battle as my house is noisy and I have a tough time settling down at the end of the day. But here are some tips I've found to tip the scales in favor of a better night's sleep. (Now keep in mind I am not a doctor... but I've written about one in my books many times!)
*When you wake up in the morning or once the sun rises, stand outside in the bright sunlight for 15 minutes to help reset your melatonin cycle so you'll be drowsy at night.
*No TV or computer right before bed.
*Only use your bedroom for sleep (not writing!)
*Lavender scent can help you relax. Scented linen sprays are a nice way to pamper yourself!
*Exercise during the day, but not in the evening.
*Try a noise machine. They can be great for covering startling noises - and for canceling out any ringing in the ears.
*Achy in the morning? Try a new pillow. Make sure your mattress isn't too old.
*Set a regular bedtime. Avoid naps if possible.
*Keep your room dark. Turn clocks and other minor light sources away.
*Avoid alcohol, caffeine and big meals at night.
*Avoid drinking too many liquids right before bed.
*Some advocate deep breathing and muscle relaxation exercies.
*And of course, there's always the tried and true, read a book until you drift off to sleep!
Do you have any tips for a better night's sleep? Or funny/strange stories about being woken up?