To tell the truth, I didn’t care about my sleeping routine when I was in my teens. I used to wake up whenever I wanted, and the time of going to sleep was never the same. Whether I slept for 5 hours or 12, I always felt like I got enough sleep, and I felt undoubtedly refreshed. About my eating habits, they had never been exceptional. When I was in high school I would eat in our school cafeteria and, after school, get a snack that was usually sweet, and I often ended my day with an easy-to-prepare dinner. As for sports, I am fond of many outdoor sports like skiing, jogging, walking, and hiking. I also workout at the gym, I take spin classes, I do weight training. I’ve always been very active and enthusiastic about spending most of my time outdoors.
My lifestyle was not restricted by anything. I did not realize the weight of the impact of this lifestyle on my life. I was a teenager interested in absolutely different stuff. Then I got my first job that required me to get up early. I was picking strawberries in Italy and every day I had to wake up at 4.30 am. So of course, I needed to build some new sleeping habits to gain enough energy during my sleep so that I could work well, and what’s more, have some me time. I decided to change my lifestyle. Believe it or not, changing it was reasonably hard because it started to impact each part of my life. If I didn’t sleep well, I felt like a zombie throughout the day. Working out, my pastime, hanging out with friends, or longer walks with my dog, all these activities were impossible for me without getting a good sleep. I was wrecked! I was aware that if I didn’t sleep well, I would drag myself through life with no purpose.
We’ve all been there. The question is, ‘But how to get a good night’s sleep when so many disturbing elements fly around us trying to catch our attention?‘ Which elements am I talking about? Let me mention the most popular and disruptive ones. I am talking about social media sites and platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, TikTok, and YouTube. These innocent baits lure us into a kind of world overfilled with fake fun, escalated emotions of people we’ve actually never met and will never meet, or weird videos that usually seem to be absolutely cringe. We keep watching all of this and losing all concept of time slowly by scrolling the screen up and down thoughtlessly. Socials were the biggest challenge for me to overcome because they heavily disrupted both my sleeping and daily routine.
I want to share with you some tips on how to get a night of better sleep and thus be more energetic during the day. Besides avoiding the apps I mentioned, there are other rituals or habits I adopted that have helped me wake up fresh, in a good mood, and with a keenness for a new day.
The following are some tips that have helped me to improve my sleep quality:
Personally, I often go to sleep at 11 pm and wake up at 7 am. I am prone to waking up early, even before my alarm goes off. Of course, there are also some days when I am not home, or my routine needs to be changed because of some other circumstances. But it’s also okay for us to experience some kind of change and leave our comfort zone. Coming home at four in the morning from your friend’s birthday party and ending up sleeping till noon is also fine sometimes. Make sure you remember that you are not a robot, you’re human, and it’s beautiful.
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