A day full of activity. Work, family gathering, doctor appointments, lunch dates, sports activities, paying bills, shopping…the list goes on and on.
There are some days we wake with the “to do” list so full that there is no way to accomplish everything. Stress sets in. We begin the day doing what is most important or what we can do first.
A cup of coffee, a soft drink, chocolate candy bar in the afternoon. Maybe these things can help us stay awake. But what will be the effect later in the day?
Time moves along and more is added to our list. We can’t complete everything today. Tomorrow will bring more to be done.
Evening arrives and the computer beckons us to check messages, perhaps play a game or two on the screen.
Night time. Preparing for bed. Dishes washed. Clothes put away. Some items on the list checked off. Pajamas on. Face washed. Time to get under the covers.
The clock light shines through the darkness. One hour goes by and another and another. I am awake. Why? Why? I am tired. I want to sleep. My body is exhausted. If only my eyes would close, my brain would slow and my body would relax.
I review my day. What is keeping me awake?
Does this look familiar to you? Have you experienced trouble sleeping? I am not a doctor. I can only give you my personal views and experience. Each of us is created differently. Remember to visit your doctor and discuss any sleep issues that are affecting your daily living.
Reflecting on my days, here is what I have found to prevent me from sleeping.
- Watching television after 8:00pm keeps my mind too busy to relax.
- Playing games or reading messages on my phone after 8:00pm prevents me from quieting.
- Caffeine after 3:00p.m. does not work well with my body.
- Eating chocolate or anything with caffeine in the evening will keep me awake.
I sleep better in cool temperatures. If the heat is too warm or there are too many blankets on my bed, I have a hard time sleeping.
Also, a bedtime routine is calming. Warm shower, prayer, meditation.
How about you? What are some things that affect your sleep? Are there any tips you can share on how to have a restful sleep?
Melissa Henderson is a writer of inspirational messages through fiction, non-fiction, devotions, guest blogs, articles and more. Her first children’s book “Licky the Lizard: was released in 2018.