Another sleep tip I discussed with Dr. Dautovich involved getting out of bed when I’m lying there awake. It sounds easy, but I was concerned it would leave me feeling more alert than before. Plus, when I’m already in bed, it’s harder to get up and out.
I tried this approach, and it was hit or miss for me. Some nights, I just couldn’t drag myself out of bed. Other nights, I was able to get up and read until I felt tired. It was hard. I wondered why something that seems so simple for others was such a challenge for me.
I have to keep reminding myself this is a process. Not everything I try is going to work perfectly, and there is no magic cure. However, if I focus on the sleep tips I learned from Dr. Dautovich, and discover what works best for me through trial and error, it just might make a difference over time.