Sleep, like most bedroom activities, requires a fair amount of foreplay if you want to get the most out of it. While all it takes for that one lucky fella to fall asleep is to extend a blink for a few seconds, most people need a little help wooing sleep.
If you’re reading this, chances are that you’re one of those peeps who spend half the night tossing and turning and thinking about that slice of cake they pretended they didn’t want at the office party last year. But it’s time to put all that behind you.
Step 1: Make the right decisions during the day.
If you ask, the tweeps on your midnight twitter timeline, they’ll probably confess that the reason they can’t sleep is that they lack peace of mind. Makasiriko and sleep do not work well together. The less questionable decisions you make during the day, the less time you will take at night wishing you had done things differently. Accept that slice of cake. Don’t scroll past that Moko mattress Ad without placing an order. Make the right decisions.
Step 2: Wind down.
You’ve had a day of good vibes and eaten a perfectly ripe avocado with your dinner. This is the time to prepare yourself for sweet dreams. Chat with bae, listen to your favorite playlist, read your kids a story, scroll through Moko’s social media for some entertainment or make some art. Whatever activity you enjoy doing (not necessarily one that makes you sleepy), do it.
Step 3: Shower!
The exclamation mark is meant to make this point louder for the people at the back who have been preaching the gospel of not showering during the lockdown. Here is a scientifically proven fact you might appreciate – cooler temperatures help us get deeper sleep, and fall asleep faster. Wanna guess what helps with that? Well, I guess a cold beer could do but it is not as soothing as soaking in a cold bath for a solid hour. Take that shower. Kapische?
Step 4: Trick your Brain
If you still can’t sleep at this point then you do not have as much control over your brain as you thought you did. It’s nothing to worry about. We will result to the cunning ways of dealing with a rebellious brain – trickery. Yes, it’s legal (I checked). They call it reverse psychology. A brain like yours loves doing the exact opposite of what you tell it to do. Guess what would happen if you told it to stay awake and read a chapter from a book or plan for the next day? That’s right, sleep at last!
They say that a habit is a disease. Keep practicing this routine because the art of getting good sleep is the kind of disease we want for you.