How to take the drama out of bedtime.
December 4, 2012 2:13 AM Subscribe
I've had problems sleeping ever since I was a kid which has led me, as an adult, to get really easily stressed out about things that potentially upset my sleep. How can I become more zen about sleep?
posted by Ziggy500 to health & fitness (19 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
Ever since I was a kid I've had sleep-drama, starting from nightmares as a little kid to frequent sleepless nights as I got older.
I really feel it when I have a bad night's sleep. If I can't nap during the day I feel like hell all day and have to resign myself to accomplishing nothing, eating crap and bursting into tears at the slightest provocation.
I am now a sleep hygiene champion and very particular about things like my sleeping environment, bedtime routine, my caffeine intake, etc. I'm well up on ways to control my sleeping environment; I am always well stocked up with earphones, I have a sleep mask and a white noise app on my phone.
But I am very control-freaky about sleep which means that whenever I'm, say, stressed about work or something I will also start worrying about how it is going to impact my sleep and then how my work is going to suffer from poor sleep etc. And then of course... I can't sleep. It's a vicious cycle. Also, there are some things about my sleeping environment I simply can't control like noise from neighbours (normal noise, not excessive), etc. I am a very light sleeper and seem to only be able to sleep in optimal conditions; and if they're not optimal, I stress about them and tada! I can't sleep.
So I guess I'm not asking for ways to further control my sleeping environment but for ways to let go of my need for control, stop stressing and just... sleep?
(I don't take any medication. I would like to avoid that as much as possible but would welcome information on any meds that have really helped you with your sleep.)