Sleep

A simple Sleep Checklist

sleep checklist

Have you read Stephen King’s ‘Insomnia’? How about ‘Dr. Sleep’?

Both are about a subject that’s close to my heart. Sleep. And I am a lifelong fan of Stephen King.

As a storyteller, you can’t beat him. In my opinion, that is. You might well feel different about that 🙂

Sleep is still shrouded in mystery. Despite decades of research, reams of study and plenty of speculation, science is still not able to answer the basic question; why do we sleep, and when we sleep, why do we DREAM?

There’s plenty of theories, of course. And a lot of good reasons why we are so fascinated by sleep. Sleep is like a step into a different world.  A largely unknown world, from which we never know with any certainty that we will return.

Yet every single night of our lives most of us, if not all of us, fall asleep, whether we want to or not. Sometimes we want to but can’t. Sometimes we don’t want to but sleep claims us anyway.

sleep checklist

One thing is as certain as the sunrise the next morning – without sleep, we die. The better news is that you can take it as a given that a good night’s sleep will make everything better. You think I am exaggerating when I say everything? There’s enough science behind sleep to back me up here. Not that I am going to go into details in this post. It’s not necessary. Anyone with half an ounce of common sense and a bit of life experience knows this to be true.

Sleep changes everything

Yes, I am a huge fan of Stephen King. I often read one of his books before falling asleep.

Stephen has his detractors. Some people claim reading his books puts them to sleep. If so, consider yourself well served.

I am also a huge fan of Sleep. It is so important that the word deserves to be capitalized. Sleep is more than the time between going to bed and waking up. Sleep needs to be embraced, to be valued, to be prioritized.

Sleep is your friend. Make it your best friend. It will serve you well if you give it the respect it deserves.

Here’s a little sleep checklist for you:

  1. Are you going to bed by 10.00pm?
  2. Is your room dark and cool?
  3. Do you leave your mobile devices out of your bedroom?
  4. Do you get AT LEAST 7 hours sleep? Better still, 8 or 9?
  5. Are you able to wake up without an alarm?
  6. Do you turn off all your mobile devices at least an hour before bedtime?
  7. Spend as much time as possible outside during the daytime?
  8. Move as much as possible during the day?
  9. Do you get some morning sunshine/bright daylight exposure?
  10. Do you have a bedtime routine (read a book, talk to your partner, meditate, have a nightcap)?

How many items on this sleep checklist were you able to tick off? If you’re at 0, you’ve got problems. Did you managed to tick off all 10? I am surprised you read this post.

If you’re somewhere in between, pick one point on the sleep checklist you can easily manage and take it from there. The more of these 10 points you can incorporate into your life, the better you will sleep. And the the better you will feel as a result.

Try it. And let me know how it goes.

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