The thing about holiday’s is you tend to misbehave. Sleep late, eat a lot, go out a lot. You’re out of routine and you let loose. Which is fine. That’s what the holiday’s are all about. Having a good time.
Though how do you handle the after effects?
I work an 8-5 job at Radio Africa. Sometimes I start and end late too. But I know that I have to be awake by 6am if I want to get on with my day right.
We closed office officially on the evening of 20th December, thereafter we were on a duty roster and I was doing the 1-4PM show. Which gives me all morning and all evening to myself.
So sleep late, get up late, eat late, eat a lot, go out a lot…
Reached a point during the holidays that I noticed, I can’t sleep till after 2am. We were days closer to getting back to the office and I told myself that I need to discipline myself or I’m gonna end up wasting money on taking cabs rather than hitching a ride with my mum to work.
So Monday came, still couldn’t sleep the night before, but still got to work on time. But wow! It was a difficult day, as all I wanted to do was sleep.
It’s Thursday morning and I feel fresh!
Last night, I said enough is enough! I am not going another night without sleep only to have a crap day!
If you’re an insomniac, nocturnal or are having trouble going to sleep this may help.
NOTE: Everyone is different, this may or may not work for you, this isn’t “The Remedy”, but it works for majority.
Switch off your phone at 9PM. Keep it away from your bed for the rest of the night.
Put a hot water bottle under your blanket.
Have lavender essence on your pillows.
Play soothing music in your room.
Take a hot shower.
Dry your hair (never sleep with wet hair).
Put 2-3 drops of eye drops in each eye.
Massage your feet with body lotion/foot balm after the shower (do it yourself, don’t get someone to do it).
Cleanse/tone/moisturize your face.
Drink a glass of water.
Turn the music and lights off.
Stretch while sitting on your bed.
Sit still for 5 minutes.
Lie down straight, facing the ceiling.
Take ten long deep breaths.
Then turn to your right.
Chances are you’ll fall asleep in less than 7 minutes.
It worked for me last night and I’m gonna make this a habit from now on. No doctors needed, no medication needed. Just choosing to actually take care of yourself is what you really need to do.
Things that keep people awake is usually the brain. It’s running over 100mph and doesn’t know how to stop. You’ve either had a long day at work; you’ve had an argument with a family member; you’ve just had your heart broken; you over ate at dinner; you’re on your laptop or phone before and after tucking in. The list can go on and on and on. But those are just some of the most common reasons.
Try to create a routine before you get to bed, especially from Sunday to Thursday nights.
Come on, who’s gonna try that on a Friday and Saturday night? It’s technically “a holiday”! 😉