During the past month, I’ve spent more time developing good sleep habits than ever before in my life. My greatest takeaway, so far, is that I really need to work on creating and maintaining good sleep habits. I spend a significant amount of time training my body at a gym, growing my business with a coach, growing my faith through church, improving my health with clean foods, etc. Why wouldn’t I spend time “training” my mind and body for better sleep? Dr. Dogrhamji calls good sleep habits “sleep hygiene.” I have most definitely been practicing good sleep hygiene. I’ve tried melatonin, hot tea, meditation, yoga, gelatin, deep breathing, essential oils and reading a boring book.
Of course, my greatest challenge is interrupted sleep. Falling asleep comes easily. Staying asleep doesn’t happen. Falling asleep after I wake up is almost impossible. But I truly believe that all of the sleep hygiene suggestions from the doctor have helped.
My greatest struggle continues to be falling asleep after I wake up. Fortunately, when I wake up it typically isn’t until about 3:00 or 3:30 am. Previously I was waking up at midnight or 1:00 am most nights. It would sometimes take me two hours to fall back asleep. Thanks to my good sleep hygiene I’ve been able to sleep longer, usually until at least 3:00 am, before waking up. Unfortunately, when I wake up I still have a very difficult time falling back asleep. This is miserable because I typically get up between 5:00 and 5:30. If I wake up around 3:00 I’m often unable to fall back asleep before my alarm rings.