1. Understand Your Sleep Needs
It’s important to figure out the numbers – when and for how long do you need to sleep? Since wake-up times are non-negotiable, start from there and work backward to determine your true bedtime.
2. Create A Calming Sleep Ritual
So now you know your bedtime and it’s looming fast. “But I’m not tired”… we know. It’s hard to go from 60 to zero without some prep work. So finish up daily tasks, but reserve some downtime for you. Establishing and following a solid “sleep ritual” will help cue your body that it’s time to settle down and relax, making actual sleep a very attainable thing. Try a good book or a warm bath!
3. Create A Sleep Sanctuary
Your bedroom should be a place of sanctuary – and that means a place that encourages and embraces sleep! Eliminate distracting gadgets, upgrade to blackout curtains, and make sure that you keep your sanctuary at a comfortable temperature. For a true zen-like space, try lavender aromatherapy to help you relax.
Samantha is the author of "My Bipolar Mind: You're not alone," she is also a freelance writer, blogger, and mental health advocate who runs and manages her own mental health blog MyBipolarMind.com.