When I moved over to Europe, there was no reason for me to be asleep at a reasonable hour because I was no longer employed, and therefore didn’t have much of a reason to wake up early either because let’s be honest, I wasn’t really going anywhere during the day so there was no incentive for me to make much of an effort, especially during the week. As a result of this, I spent copious amounts of time on social media until well after midnight and only dragged myself out of bed after 11am and by the time all the usual morning necessities have been done, there is barely enough time to do much apart from clean up and prepare dinner for the day. It was fine for a while, but eventually I needed more time in my day to actually get things done. The real struggle started when I needed to work on getting my schedule back on track.
Waking up early is one thing, but when I would wake up early, I always needed a nap during the day or else I definitely would not make it through the day. A nap during the day meant that I struggled to fall asleep at night so effectively nothing much changed but I reckon I may have gained an hour or two extra during the day to get things done. By the time we settled down here in Italy, things were a lot worse so I knew I had to take drastic action to try and get my sleep schedule back to a more normal state. I definitely did not want to sleep all day and be up all night.
I was at the point of giving up when I came across Arianna Huffington in one of her many interviews about her book, Sleep Revolution. I never doubted the importance of getting enough sleep but the one thing I took away from her interview was that she had a structured night time routine, and that her phone was never in the room with her when it was time to sleep. This was the life-changing hack I was looking for. I decided to give it a try and at first I really struggled to fall asleep but as time went on, my sleeping habits began to change. I was able to fall asleep earlier and earlier and eventually my sleep schedule seemed to return to normal. Just the simple choice to put my phone down within a certain amount of time gave me my life back.
I briefly mentioned this in a previous post (https://theuninspiredblogger.com/2019/10/14/want-better-sleep-here-is-how-i-get-it/) but I felt as though this was the best and most substantial change I have made when it came to improving my sleep and it definitely needed its own article. I haven’t read the book yet but if you are struggling to sleep and need to disconnect you should definitely try disconnect from your phone, leave it outside of the bedroom, and turn your bedroom into a sanctuary where your devices are not allowed.
Is your bedroom a device free zone?
-The Uninspired Blogger