One of the most complicated things that I had to tackle after graduation was sleep. Before that, I never had to worry about it. Little did I know that it will go on to become a major issue in my life.
It all started from experiencing insomnia at my first job. Here today 4 years down the lane, it is something that I have yet to figure out. Yet to master. I have read so many researches and articles on fixing your sleep yet none of those would apply to me.
Here is my personal learning on the issue, hope it could help someone:
1- Not everyone is a morning person and I learnt this the hard way. So instead of beating yourself up, accept this fact and move on with life.
2- To me, sleep time does not matter. As long as I’m getting sleep at any time of the day I’m good.
3- The ideal duration for adults is 6 hours at least. I know. But this just does not happen for some of us. Personally I get going with only 4 hours of sleep myself. Be content with what you get and keep going.
4- It really is a blessing. Now that I remember the times when sleep was a non issue. Those were probably the best times only if I realized this then.
5- Previously when I could not sleep, I would stay there in bed. Let negative thoughts keep running and beating myself up as to why I had this problem. Now I have shifted to reading a book, putting some background music (search for this on youtube), counting backwards and hitting the gym when I cannot 💤.
Mind you hitting the gym at 7 am requires super hero powers. And I truly feel like a superhero when I manage to do this.
6- Medication: It did help me when I was on it. But do you want to rely on medicine for sleep your entire life? Do you?
7- As cliche as it may sound, keep yourself occupied the entire day. This will increase the likeness of getting sleep.
8- Research as much as you can. Knowledge is power ✊🏻
Feel free to add more in comments 😊