What are some good habits of someone who gets well-rested sleep? This something I desperately want to be, but somehow I can never manage it anymore.
I have a very bad habit of being in bed while browsing my phone. I lie to myself all the time. I tell myself I’m just going to check my messages and email before I go to sleep, and instead, five minutes turns into a half hour of playing Candy Crush or speed reading through fanfiction. Before I know it, it’s 2 AM and my lamp is still on. And I feel exhausted, but can’t bring myself to stop.
Sometimes it feels like a perpetual stubbornness within myself where I simply don’t know how to relax and just turn out the lights. Even when I feel myself getting drowsy, old habits die hard and I fight sleep for as long as I can.
I find it hard to sleep early especially when I’m anxious about something I need to do the next day or if I have plans during the week that are anxiety provoking for me. Every day is a non-stop cycle of anxiety, anxiety, and more anxiety, except the anxiety level depends on the situation and how fearful I am of it.
More than a dozen times within the last year or two, I have gotten headaches or severe migraines caused by lack of sleep. At my worst, I can’t even stand up without feeling a wave of nausea hit me, and regular food smells and sounds that don’t normally bother me are triggers that worsen my nausea until I am bent over the toilet retching up my breakfast. I feel like a living corpse when this happens, and then I usually feel so physically ill that I go to sleep early and sleep it off.
I want to stop this. I know this lack of sleep is unhealthy for me, but I don’t know how to stop. Anyone have advice or tips on what I can do?