You Need More Sleep | 5 Tips to Sleep Better To Be More Productive During the Day

3/09/2017

About six months ago I started seeing a psychiatrist, the first thing he told me was "you need more sleep", and I just looked at my mom like 'told you!'. At the beginning I didn't understand this that much, because I wasn't sure how sleeping was going to get me any better. Let's be honest, I've always been fickle, my behavior has ups and downs all day long, but not as usual people do, I also suffer from anxiety and it's a pain in the ass. Sometimes I just want to have a good time and my own behavior doesn't let me, or even my mind. Although I got this tip for my problem it does help everyone in life so I truly wanted to share this with you bunnies!

Hace unos seis meses comencé a ir con un psiquiatra y lo primero que me dijo fue "necesitas dormir más", al principio no entendí cómo eso me iba a ayudar con mis problemas. Seré honesta, siempre he sido voluble, mi comportamiento tiene altos y bajos todo el día, más de lo normal y sufro de ansiedad. A pesar de que este tip me fue dado por mi problema puede ayudar a quien sea así que pensé en compartirlo con ustedes. 

At that time I never had a good sleep because I was used to sleep with my curtains open, so my room was never dark at all, I first started to do this because I loved to wake up with sunlight, it made me feel good each morning, but never really felt rested at all. I also left my door open because I have three cats and each of them used to wake me up to ask for food, even if it was 2am I would wake up to feed my cat and even pet him if they asked me to at that hour. Oh and I haven't even mentioned my phone, I used to see Instagram and Twitter all night long until I finally fell asleep and slept with my phone with sound and vibration under my pillow.

En ese entonces no dormía muy bien porque siempre tenía las persianas abiertas por lo que mi cuarto nunca estaba oscuro realmente. Al principio lo hacía porque cuando estuve en Francia me acostumbré a despertarme con el amanecer y me gustaba, lo sentía como una manera natural de despertarme más que utilizar una alarma y me evitaba dolores de cabeza pero la luz no me permitía dormir tan profundo. Además confieso que tengo muy consentidos a mis gatos entonces estaban acostumbrados a despertarme varias veces en la madrugada para comer. Oh y no he mencionado mi celular, estaba acostumbrada a ver Instagram y Twitter hasta quedarme dormida con mi celular debajo de la almohada con sonido y vibración.

Okay, so you see what's wrong? Be honest, does anyone do this? Anyhow, let's get started with the tips!

Okay, ¿entonces ya ven qué estaba mal? Sean honestas, alguna de ustedes hace esto? Bueno, ¡ahora empecemos con los tips!

Drink tea before going to bed
A good tea for sleeping is lemon balm tea, it's the one that everyone recommends if you want to get a good sleep. I've always found it quite relaxing to have a warm cup of tea before going to bed to be honest, this is one of the things I enjoy the most, it makes me so happy and I go so comfortable to bed.

Un buen té para dormir es el de melisa, es el que me han recomendado mucho para dormir bien. Siempre me ha gustado tomar té antes de dormir porque me relaja mucho y es un hábito que tengo, me hace muy feliz tomar té. Supongo que siempre me recuerda a mi padre ya que él acostumbra a hacerlo.  

Have a reading instead
This one is so important, I've noticed a huge difference on my sleep when I stop using my phone at least an hour before going to bed and just go to bed and have a reading for at least an hour until I feel sleepy. It distracts you from your day and if you combine it with that warm cup of tea is amazing. Sometimes I'm just so ready to go to bed to have this warm feeling away from the day, away from distractions. Just a 'me' time. 

Este es muy importante porque créanme que sí hay una gran diferencia, cuando dejé de usar el celular una hora antes de dormir y leía hasta sentirme adormilada me dormía mucho más tranquila. Eso y combinarlo con la separación de mi celular de mi cama me despierto mucho más descansada. En vez de poner mi celular debajo de la almohada lo pongo en la mesa de al lado y sin sonido de no ser necesario. 

Make sure your room is dark enough
I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one that used to sleep with the curtains open, but trust me, a darker room gives you a deeper sleep. The only thing I regretted was keeping my door shut, I truly missed my cats at night, but they were too spoiled!!

Estoy segura que no soy la única que acostumbraba dormir con las persianas abiertas, créanme que dormir en un cuarto completamente oscuro te hace descansar más. Lo único que extraño es que mis gatos me despierten en las madrugadas pero supongo que no hay necesidad de hacer eso y así mi día es mucho más productivo.

Turn on a candle or incense
I'm more of an incense girl, I don't know about you. Right now I have rose incense and it smells wonderful, it always make me feel so calm and I'm not lying, but each time I turn one on I feel like it's a new beginning. Although, candles are the new fashion, I'm keeping my incenses, but it's your choice, whichever makes you happier and calmer.

Yo estoy acostumbrada a los inciensos, ahora tengo de rosas que huele delicioso. A mí me encanta utilizarlos ya que termino de arreglar mi cuarto por las mañanas y antes de dormir. Siempre me relaja y es perfecto para descansar. Las velas están de moda ahora pero ya depende de ustedes qué es lo que prefieran y les sirva para relajarse.  

Stick to a schedule
I have to confess I haven't been able to do this since I moved to Mexico City. I used to go to bed at 10pm every single day, but since I came here my sleep has been a mess, I usually go to sleep at 1:30 am, 3 am, once I even went to bed until 5 am, it's terrible. But when I used to go to bed every single day at 10 pm I got the best sleep of my life! 

Debo confesar que desde que me vine a Ciudad de México rompí este hábito. Antes me iba a dormir a las 10 pm todos los días y aquí me he ido a dormir hasta las 5am, no me siento nada descansada al día siguiente. Pero bueno, les aseguro que es un buen hábito y hace la diferencia. 

Light dinner
I'm one of those girls that love, wait LOVE, to have a burger for dinner or something really really fat. I just love eating and it helps with anxiety, by the end of the day I want to eat anything that crosses my path. But to be honest it's better to have some light dinner, like tea and cheese and just go to bed like that, it makes you feel more comfortable through the night and it helps you sleep faster, or at least on my experience. 

Soy de esas chicas que les encanta cenar pesado porque me ayuda con la ansiedad que me agarra al final del día. Literal como todo lo que se me atraviese antes de dormir. Para ser honesta siempre descanso más cuando tomo un té y lo acompaño con un poco de queso o algo ligero. Ayuda a dormir más a gusto y te duermes más rápido, por lo menos con mi experiencia.

I'm pretty sure these 5 tips are good enough for anyone to get a good, healthy sleep. If you only knew how sleep affect your sleep you'll be impressed, I read this article: How Does Sleep Affect Your Mood? from Style Vanity a couple of days ago and I found it really helpful, hope it helps you guys! Thank you so much for reading!!

Estoy segura que estos tips les van a ser útiles para dormir mejor. Si supieran en todo lo que les afecta no dormir bien estarían impresionadas, yo leí este artículo: How Does Sleep Affect Your Mood? de Style Vanity hace una semana y me ayudó mucho, ¡se los dejo por si gustan leerlo! Espero estén teniendo buena semana.

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10 comentarios

  1. Thanks for these tips! I love reading before bed, and I find that a dark room is so much cozier :)

    Reine | Sincerely Reine

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    1. That's great, it's so much soothing reading before bed! Hope the tips were helpful :)

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  2. It really depends on what type of tea too, green tea has very little caffeine but ordinary tea usually will keep me up at night if I take it in the evenings. I know camomile tea is amazing because it has a calming effect so it's actually recommended. I have been a chronic insomniac for more than a decade so I did lots of research in how to manage my sleeping problems. :-(

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    1. I agree, it totally depends on which tea we're talking about. I drink one that's from Remedy 24, not sure if it's Mexican to be honest, but they have one special to relax you and I love it, there's one especially to help you sleep, but I haven't tried it. It would help you out a lot if you talk with this with your doctor, he can help you out with your insomnia :)

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  3. Ha, I just had the discussion with my husband who loves to sleep with the curtains wide open. I need darkness to be fully rested, a constant struggle. And keeping a schedule is really important as well.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. It's truly important for us to sleep in the dark, it makes you sleep deeper thus feel fully rested and your day will be more productive that way. You should totally win that discussion! haha

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  4. I am guilty of using my phone until I fell asleep. I love reading books but I usually don't read until I feel sleepy. I will definitely try these tips especially now that I am sleep deprived for weeks. Thank you for sharing!

    Xeph | engineerxeph.com

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    1. I used to do that a lot, but sometimes we need a good sleep, so it's worth a try!! :)

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