OK. Sleep has been a SERIOUS problem since October 2015 for me. I would go a straight 7 days without an ounce of sleep. Since then, it has been better. My anxiety has decreased which has helped A LOT, but my sleep pattern is still a mess. Lately it has become an issue again. I haven't been grumpy, or overemotional, if anything I am so overtired that I laugh at basically anything even if I don't know why I am laughing. Besides my humor in my daily life, the lack of sleep is a major pain in the butt. I get tired by 5:00pm, in bed by 8:00pm like a grandma, but then spend 3+ hours just trying to turn my brain off. Once I do fall asleep, I wake up around 2:00am with my mind racing again. Sometimes I can go back to sleep, but not all times.
It is not healthy for me to be taking melatonin, or Z-Quil every single night. Part of the problem as well is my constant need to scroll through my cell phone that is under my pillow.
I'm going to try something different here. Instead of just looking up funny insomnia quotes and alerting the world I am 4 days past my bedtime, I am going to try and change up my routine.
Instead of making this a "chore", I will try to think of it as my "zen." I will think of bedtime as MY time to relax and clear my mind as much as possible.
As a teenager, a consistent sleeping schedule just doesn't happen. I need to find a way to make this work. I am coming up with a routine to "test-drive" as I am typing. In 1 week, the night Memorial Day ends, I will record any noticeable changes from this week's adjustments. That is what's great about beginning on a Monday!
My Afternoon/Night time Routine Plan:
Alrighty! We will see how this goes. I'm not quite following my technology rule tonight considering the current time, however, I am going to make myself read in bed tonight instead of scrolling through my phone.
Wish me luck!! I will do a blog post for a sleep update next Tuesday to see if my tiny changes have made a big difference.
Here' s a look into the life of a living contradiction! Welcome Welcome! Just a college girl trying to create a peaceful life while managing irrational anxiousness. :-)