Poor sleep makes us overwhelmed, unmotivated and unfocused. Being well rested makes good time management and organization possible. So here is what I have learned, from an organizer’s point of view, on my journey to a good night’s sleep.
I love to snuggle down for a good night’s sleep, especially this chilly time of year. But sometimes good sleep eludes us, for a host of reasons. I have never fallen asleep easily, and there have been times in my life where it has been nearly impossible. My hubby kindly observed that I am a stickler for good sleep habits in my kids because I don’t want them to suffer from insomnia like I did, and he’s right. I encourage good sleep habits in all of us, to help my kids now and later in life.
Tidy Up Your Bedroom for Better Sleep
The National Sleep Foundation tells us that people who make their beds daily are more likely to sleep well every night, and 71 percent of us sleep better in a fresh-smelling bedroom. In addition, a cluttered room reminds us of unfinished tasks, whereas a calm and uncluttered room helps us relax. Closing closet doors and dresser drawers further soothes us.
We sleep best in a cool-not-cold, dark (no bright alarm clocks!), and quiet (but not too quiet, I like a little white noise) room. Limit the use of your bedroom to sleep and relaxation. No distractions. No computer, no TV (yes, really), no treadmill or workout equipment, no unfinished work or unfolded laundry. Sleep and relaxation, That’s It!
Good Sleep Hygiene
Go to bed and get up the same time every day. I won’t tell you to get your full eight hours, since some adults need less and some need even more. Adjust your bedtime and wake time to where you fall asleep when you go to bed, and awake rested, sometimes without the alarm clock. And try to stay close to your target bedtime and wake time even on weekends and vacations.
Put Your Brain to Rest
A favorite tip to clients and friends is to keep a notebook and pen (I have a pen that lights up!) at the bedside to jot down stray thoughts for the next day. Anxiety and a cluttered mind can interfere with falling asleep.
Organize Your Home for Better Rest:
You will be spending lots of time indoors soon, so make your home cozy and soothing for the colder nights ahead:
- Assemble cozy blankets and candles in the rooms where you spend your evenings.
- Set up a tray for tea and hot chocolate-making in the kitchen, to make it easier for you to have a soothing hot beverage (this is one of my kids’ favorite parts of colder weather!).
- Turn down the lights in the evening, to remind your body it is time to sleep. Strategically place lamps to light your rooms, turn off the bright overhead lights!
This is part of the Nov. 20 edition of Colleen CPO's Blog.