I did a little bit of research this morning, hoping to find out how I could increase the amount of deep sleep that I am getting every night. I found LOTS of information, and it was a little bit overwhelming. After making lots of notes, I decided on some things and have developed what I will now refer to as my nighttime routine.
My sleep schedule is 10:30-6:15:
After 12:00, no more caffeine.
After 8:30, no more food.
Every few days at 8:30, take a hot bath for at least 25 minutes.
After 9:00, no more liquids.
After 9:30, no more television or computer.
Here's what I need to sleep well:
Cool temperature - fan on low
White noise machine
No alarm clock - UP band only
Charge iPhone in the bathroom
I cannot get into bed until bedtime
To stimulate my brain:
Do one puzzle per day
Take a multivitamin
Take a B vitamin
Take 2-4g of Omega-3 Fish Oils per day
The bottom line is that I'm not resting well and I need to work harder to do so. Anything worth doing is worth doing well. Doing anything well takes preparation, and that is what I am doing! Obviously, this cannot and will not always be possible, but I am making it my priority to try hard to make this a true routine. And with that, I am signing off and going to bed!