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Go to sleep on the right side of the bed

Do you struggle with getting to sleep at night? You are not alone. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association more than 50 million people identified as having sleep-related problems. Sleep can be a problem for many of us. We all have different things that may be keeping us up at night. I have been working through my own sleep issues. You could be like me and have many ideas running wild or it could be anxiety about what is coming next (I have been there too!)

Regardless of what is causing the sleep disturbance (I see you Netflix watcher and COD gamer) it is important that you do your best to prioritize your sleep. Sleep is essential to our health and well being. Especially if are someone who works out, it is essential to rest AKA muscle recovery. You are just spinning your wheels and not making the progress you otherwise would if you prioritized recovery. Without the proper amount of sleep our bodies cannot properly function, let alone improve.

Lack of sleep can leave a bad taste in your mouth. It leads to a salty attitude and a negative outlook on life. Even worse, it can leave you suceptial to health issues and make you a public health concern. More accidents happen because of sleep deprivation than alcohol intoxication. Not getting enough sleep can quite literally kill you. Not trying to scare you here but the importance of getting enough sleep cannot be stressed enough.

The good news is that you can and should make an effort to get more sleep. Here are 3 ways to get you into the routine of going to sleep. Counting sheep is not necessary unless you're into that sort of thing.

1.) Set a mandatory bed time. This may not be possible for everyone. If you are like me and have a job that requires you to work later than most, that is fine. It is about doing the best you can within your own unique circumstances. Do your best to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day. It will put your body in a rhythm and you will start to naturally get tired when it is time for bed. I set a reminder on my phone for one hour before bedtime in order to mentally prepare for sleep.

It is a good idea to disconnect from the outside world, take time to rest and unwind before sleep. Routine is the key to changing habits. If you want to go to bed earlier or want to get more sleep- be specific. Write down exactly what your goal is and be specific about how you are going to make that happen. Most important than anything else -you have to consistently follow through. It can help to tell others about your commitment so they can help keep you accountable.

2.) Practice self care. I always try to drink some hot tea that is decaffeinated. There is even teas specifically made to help you relax and go to sleep. You could do a face mask, turn on an essential oil diffuser or read a relaxing book. It is all about training your mind to recognize it is about time to go to sleep. As I have talked about in previous articles, if you want to change a habit you need to set up the conditions to do so. That means visual cues such as setting out a book on your bed stand or setting a reminder on your phone to go off daily.

The less you have to think about it, the more likely you will do it. Set yourself up for success and follow through. You might not want to do it at first but practice makes "perfect." It doesn't have to be perfect, make it your own and do what feels right for you. It can never hurt to make a little time to love yourself at the end of the day. I find it is a great way to wrap up my day and reward myself for being productive.

3.) Journaling. I have talked a lot about writing and journaling in previous articles. I stress the importance of journaling a lot because I know how transformative this habit can be. I always go over my schedule, plan for the next day and write in my journal every night. This helps me to reduce anxiety because I don't have to think about everything I need to do the next day. I also have a way to express myself freely without hesitation. It is so cool to be able to look back and see how far I have come in my life.

The last part of my journaling is expressing gratitude. I am a huge fan of writing down what I am grateful for. Why? This keeps me humble and aware of all that I already have! It is so important in life to remember all that you have otherwise you will never be happy. If you are constantly wanting more and not satisfied with what you already have this can be very problematic.

It is essential to be grateful and stay humble in life. Those attributes will take you farther than you ever thought possible. Everything then becomes a miracle because you already know how good you have it. Maybe you don't believe you have anything to be grateful for. I can appreciate that many have a difficult life and are facing things I could never imagine.

Regardless of the situation or circumstances that you are in, you do have the power to be grateful. You are alive today, you have eyes to see this article and you have learned the skills to read and understand it. Believe it or not that is more than some people have. We can and should look for all that is going right in our lives so that we can be present and able to receive more. If you are focused on the negatives you often miss out on the infinite possibilities available to you.

Well, there are my top 3 habits to get better sleep. Sleep is so important and should not be undervalued. It is an imperative aspect to good health. If you cannot commit to all 3 of those actions, just do your best to start 1 of them. It doesn't have to be all or nothing. The smaller you set your goals the more likely you will follow through.

The small wins which are often overlooked are what leads to the biggest changes. Please don't be someone who reads all the self development articles and books they can find but never puts any of them into action. You have the power and ability to change your life. Set your mind to do it and go to effing sleep! Goodnight.

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