So I'm not doing well at getting to sleep by 10 or 10:30 at all. I just have so much to do, and my cycles seem to be off. I could totally fall asleep at 7 pm, but then get a second wind when I have all that stuff to do later on, so I end up staying up until midnight (or later!) and then I'm a wreck in the morning.
It doesn't help that the little one isn't falling asleep until 9:30 some days(!) and then he wakes up at 6:15. (Yes, I've tried taking away the nap, and it does nothing except make it worse for everyone.)
But I read this and realized I'm not the only one: One-third of workers catching zzz's on job. Holy crap, people--you can sleep at work?! If 1/3 of workers are actually falling asleep at work, how many of us are just tired?
And I guess I shouldn't feel so bad, since the average wake-up time is 5:35 am. That's just brutal.
I should also feel lucky, because once I finally do go to sleep I have no problems falling asleep and staying asleep (cats notwithstanding). I know some of you are having problems with that, though, so I thought those of us who sleep well could share with those of you who don't.
My top tips for sleep:
1. Don't have kids or pets. (Ha! OK, I know it's not really funny, but at least it reinforces the point that it's really not your fault.)
2. T-Tapp. Honestly, they should put me on the payroll at this point, but that was the first thing I noticed. Within two days of starting T-Tapp I was falling asleep and staying asleep. It helps your lymphatic system and your hormones, and somewhere in there it becomes easier to sleep.
3. Magnesium. It helps your body relax, and shortages can increase anxiety. Some people do foot soaks in warm water and magnesium oil a couple times a week. Others just take a calcium-magnesium supplement about 20 minutes before they go to bed.
4. Omega 3s and B vitamins. Help with the hormonal balance and decrease stress, so you can fall asleep.
5. Water! If you find that you end up in that half-sleep state in which you're asleep but it's not restful, you may be dehydrated. Drink some more water for a few days in a row and see if that helps.
6. Actually go to bed. That episode of Lost will still be on your DVR tomorrow.