Bullet points on getting decadent sleep 🛌
Some people are blessed with the ability to get great sleep, anywhere, anytime.
I am not one of those people.
If you're in the same boat as me, these tips may help you too. A lot of these are more indirect (and are general health points).
If you occasionally wake up and feel some variation of:
- eyes glazed/twitching
- the sensation that your brain is unwashed/foggy
- creakiness (eg. my joints feel tight/painful/inflamed in the morning)
Then this is indeed for you.
- Receive direct sunlight within 1-2 hours of waking up, preferably while walking.
- Walk 30-60 mins per day.
- Cardio 20+ mins per day.
- I prefer running, but I'll occasionally settle for jumping jacks in short intervals.
- End the day fulfilled.
- e.g. for me, do any of the things on my accountability tracker.
- Within 3 hours of going to sleep, avoid food & alcohol and reduce other liquid consumption.
- my variation of this is intermittent fasting, but skipping dinner instead of breakfast.
- if I still feel bloated close to bedtime, I get a quick walk and/or run in.
- Use blackout curtains.
- I find that if I wake up with lots of light entering the room, I wake up feeling foggy.
- I use a sleep mask when I'm sleeping somewhere else and don't have blackout curtains.
- Sleep early and wake up naturally around sunrise time (avoid noisy alarms)
- for days where that is not possible, I use a Casper Glow as my alarm to mimic natural light
- Avoid screens in the hour before bed and the hour after waking up.
- I usually don't keep my phone in the bedroom, and I go outside and write in my journal first thing in the morning.
- I also use software like f.lux to reduce blue light from screens.
- Reduce indoor pollutants.
- CO2, dust, anything else.