Everything Starts with Good Sleep

 

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Everything Starts with Good Sleep


Trudging through your day and still not sleeping at night is miserable, but it gets worse. Not only do you feel bad, but missing sleep affects every part of your life. Your motivation. Your performance at work. How you look. Everything starts with good sleep. On this blog I share the strategies I use to sleep better, along with the advice of experts and the most helpful research findings. I share simple but powerful lifestyle changes that worked for me and can make big changes in how you sleep. Take a look around and try some of these ideas out for yourself – good sleep will change your life!

Start Sleeping Better Tonight


If you’re interested in doing something right now to improve your sleep, I’ve designed a checklist you can use to start sleeping better. The Quick Start Guide to Sleeping Better Tonight contains over 25 concrete steps you can take today. They’ll help you get to sleep more easily this evening but most importantly, if you follow the steps you’ll begin building a strong sleep ritual. This is the true key to good sleep and it takes time, so start today!

How I Started Sleeping Better



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Decided to put sleep first
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Tried the strategies on this page: Sleep Advice That Works (and many others)
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Began tracking my sleep with the  Sleep Cycle App and this Google Form
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Watched the results, changed what didn’t work

It sounds simple, but the most important step was deciding to make good sleep a priority. Ironically, sleep deprivation makes it harder to make good decisions about our sleep. When you’re tired, having a coffee in the afternoon or having one more drink or staring at an iPhone before bed don’t seem so bad. When I decided to put sleep first I was more aware of my decisions and I could arrange my evening around getting good sleep. Sleep is part of a virtuous circle – as you began to sleep better, you exercise more, get more done during the day, have less anxiety, and then sleep better. It all starts with the decision to put sleep first.

Some of the Big Ones


Earplugs really help you sleep better!

Ear Plugs and Eye Masks

Blocking out unwanted sounds and keeping it dark tells your body that it’s time to go to sleep.

Melatonin

Your brain’s way to say “go to sleep!” This has been a lifesaver…
We sleep best between 60-68 degrees - that's cold!

Sleeping Temperature

Sleep scientists have shown that we sleep best between 60-68 degrees – that’s surpsingley cold.

Sleeping in a dark and quiet room is more powerful than you might expect

The Best Sleep Book

This is best book on sleep I’ve found – the author is not an academic or a scientist but he packs in a lot of research and best of all, lots of solid, actionable ideas.

Who This Site is For


If you feel like your lifestyle is getting in the way of good sleep, or you simply want to sleep better to perform better, these strategies can help. This site offers simple changes you can make tonight, with the background information on why it’s worth it. Everyone is different, but if you feel like your anxiety might be keeping you awake, or you have symptoms of ADHD, this site is especially for you. This site is not for someone who needs the care of a physician. If you suspect you have sleep apnea, your partner complains about your excessive snoring, or you have some other symptom that corresponds to a sleep disorder, get help! Take a look around, incorporate the advice of this site into your life, but see a doctor as well.
Even thus last night, and two nights more I lay, And could not win thee, Sleep, by any stealth: So do not let me wear to-night away. Without thee what is all the morning’s wealth? - William Wordsworth

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