Good, solid sleep is an integral part of a healthy lifestyle. Certainly, primal living advocates for at least 8 hours a night. I am all about good sleep. However, my problem is that I don’t sleep well.
I don’t sleep well. I have always been able to hear things while I sleep. I can remember exactly one day when I was probably still in elementary school when I woke up and I felt fantastic. The feeling was incredibly magical and I am hoping that I can have that feeling more often as I continue a paleo primal lifestyle.
The other problem is that I cannot seem to get to sleep early enough to get enough sleep before my ideal wake time. I like to wake up early. No later that 6 am, but preferably 5 am. Getting up early, I tend to get more work done and feel more accomplished throughout the day. The biggest problem is that once I don’t get enough sleep, that pattern keeps perpetuating. I seem to be both a night owl and an early bird.
So in search of good sleep, I am going to implement the following steps over the next few days and see how it goes.
- Finish dinner by 6 PM
- Start drinking tea (chamomile or bedtime tea) around 7 – 7:30 PM
- Shower with a cool rinse
- Spend the last hour journaling or reading in a room with soft lighting
- Turn off the lights by 9 PM
- Get up at 5 AM