Have you ever watched your cat sleep like an innocent little angel and wished you could do the same? Your cat spends about 60% of its life enjoying everything from refreshing cat naps and light dozing to stretches of deep sleep. And it does so in countless adorable insta-ready positions, always looking like it’s floating on cloud nine.
We, on the other hand, often find ourselves tossing and turning sleeplessly in bed. Why can’t we just doze off, even when we feel exhausted?
How can we be wired AND tired?
If that is you:
You’re Not Alone 😅
Sleep problems are pervasive and the causes range from crazy work schedules, a 24/7 lifestyle, relationship issues to mental and medical conditions. In America, 70% of adults report that they obtain insufficient sleep at least one night per month, and 11% report insufficient sleep every night – and that was a decade before COVID19 hit. Sleep-related problems don’t discriminate between gender, ages or socioeconomic classes, and we may feel less alone knowing that up to 70 million Americans share our fate. The reason why we should pay close attention to our sleep is a vicious cycle we do not want to be caught in: poor sleep may lead to anxiety and depression, just as anxiety and depression may lead to poor sleep.
👉🏼 👉🏼 So let’s skip to the good part and check out best practices for breaking the tired-of-tired-spell!
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Pick Your Friends For Victory ✌🏽
Think of the following actions as being your friend or being your enemies when it comes to better sleep.
To start with, pick one friend you want on your team and kick one enemy out of your life. Go for the ones that look easily doable first. Stick with it for at least one week before adding more actions. Improvement might be very incremental, therefore it is best to keep track of your progress. The simplest way is to download the free Earkick app, define the actions and set the reminders. You’ll get your stats starting from your third entry and you’ll be able to see what works best for you.
|Your Friends 😇||Your Enemies 😈|
|Keeping bedtime and wake time consistent from |
day to day, even on weekends
|Stay on the phone or other devices before and during bedtime|
|Writing down tasks and plans to clear your mind |
for the night
|Long or frequent naps|
|Journaling to express thoughts and feelings and stop rumination before bedtime||Caffeine after noon or more than 2 |
cups of coffee per day
|Staying active with regular, light exercise||Smoking|
|Calming breathing exercises||Alcohol before bedtime|
|Using calming nature sounds and music||Large meals before bedtime|
|Reading a good book||Watch series before bedtime|
|Taking a warm bath or shower||Working until right before bedtime|
|Listening to a guided session or sleep story||Having upsetting calls before sleep|
|Drinking herbal tea (valerian, kava root, |
chamomile, peppermint, ashwagandha)
|Not drinking enough water|
|Checking your medications||Putting up with pain|
|Fully darkened and cooled bedroom||Clutter on and around the bed|
|Diffusers with chamomile or lavender scents||Stuffy air in the bedroom|
|Using earplugs and sleep mask||Noise pollution and blue lights|
|Mindfulness for 10 minutes (meditation, yoga, |
prayer, progressive muscle relaxation)
|People or things that you dislike in your bedroom|
|Drinking warm milk before sleep||Popping sleeping pills without a proper plan|
The Benefits Of Good Sleep – All Yours! 🤩
Getting better sleep will cut down on grogginess, irritability, mood swings and avoidable mischiefs. Well rested you’ll see your ability to concentrate and memorize improve. And the best: You will have more leisure to cuddle your cat. Go for it!
👉🏼 Download the Earkick anxiety tracker today and start building up healthy habits one little step at a time!