Going to bed is certainly one of my favourite times of the day. You hide under the duvet, comfortable and warm, and you don’t have to worry about anything until next morning.
My bedtime routine is mostly about listening to quiet music, reading a good book with a good plot. It seems like a cliché but it actually works. I noticed that it took me less time to fall asleep when I followed that routine, instead of watching TV or a film before bed.
Once I am awake I rarely can go back to sleep, so even during weekends I rarely do late lie-ins and taking naps usually makes me sleepy the rest of the day. For me, sleep is reserved for night only. So I have to make the most of it. Going to bed at the same time every night so that my body knows it is time to sleep and avoiding stimulating substances in the evening are two other rules I follow.
My sleep is so important that I put my alarm as late as I can in the morning. I just have to literally jump out of my bed in the morning, get ready, grab a quick breakfast, a good dark coffee and I am ready to go. Every morning is like a race but spending as much time in my bed as I can is essential to me! But there’s only one thing that is “allowed” to wake me up: my alarm. If my phone or anything else wakes me up, I will be really unhappy all day, especially if I still had time to sleep…
Some people will tell you, I occasionally speak during my sleep. And if you are lucky enough to understand what I just said, you can start a nice chat with me. Ask me questions and I will answer but if I get annoyed by it, I will also tell you. But all this only happens if I am really tired or haven’t slept in a long time.
I have a period at the beginning of every year when I have signs of insomnia. I spend most of the night, turning in my bed, getting annoyed with not being able to fall asleep and it becomes a vicious circle: the more you try to fight insomnia, the less you sleep. So after a while, if I still can’t sleep, I get up, go sit in the living room and read my book until I feel sleepy again. I still have to figure out why at the beginning of the year I am affected by insomnia, but at least I know that after a while it just goes away.
There’s nothing like a good night’s sleep and it is also essential to be able to face the next day in good condition.