HOW DO I GET BETTER AT GETTING SLEEP?

DEAR DALI MAMA:

I know that I should try to get 8 hours of sleep per night but I don’t want to go to sleep. Instead, I stay awake till odd hours and only get 5 to 6 hours of sleep per night and then I’m tired all day. I’ll do anything but fall asleep even though I’m sleepy.

—Sleepless in the States on Purpose (United States)

DEAR SLEEPLESS:

Validate all the benefits that sleep has to offer you—a healthy body, support for improved memory, decreased inflammation in the body, support in maintaining a healthy weight, and much more.

Notice too if you have any worries that by sleeping you will be missing out—missing out on fun things, life, or even missing out on noticing what you might consider potential threats or dangers.

By simply being conscious of what you stand to gain by sleeping more and what you may be subconsciously worried about related to sleeping, perhaps you can start to make healthier choices around sleep.

It may also help you to start to train your body to sleep and wake at the same time. You can set your alarm or your phone to alert you when it’s time to start getting ready for bed and then get in bed at a designated time the same night every night and lay there with your eyes closed even if you can’t sleep easily at first. Do this over time and it may become much easier.

Happy snoozing and happy health!

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