I was first diagnosed with sleep issues just after I graduated from college.
I began traveling regularly as a travel journalist freelance. I traveled extensively across the globe starting all the way from Europe across Asia and then back in North America, flying 300,000 miles and staying for 350 nights in hotels.
My schedule of travel would amaze my friends and inquire about what was my secret to beat jet time. But I didn’t know any secrets. My jet lag was the status of the day as was coffee, my most trusted friend.
The COVID-19 pandemic struck my hectic, nomadic lifestyle ended abruptly. It was a tough period for me professionally however I hoped to at a minimum get my sleeping schedule back to normal now that I was within one-time zone.
I’d just finished reading ” Why We Sleep The Power of Sleep: Unlocking the power of sleep and dreams” Written by Matthew Walker, PhD. It made me realize why sleep is the single most potent instrument I could use to take care of my well-being and heal the body, but if I could make use of it.
I was hoping it would be simple to rest well when I wasn’t getting up in the same bed every few days.
Unfortunately, my poor sleep hygiene affected my sleep habits. Just staying in bed and trying to get to bed at the same time every night wasn’t enough to get my course right.
Sometimes, I’d lie in bed all night and be frustrated at not being able to fall asleep. Sometimes, I’d be able to fall asleep quickly, only to get up after a couple of hours with no reason. I’d wake up at 3 a.m. and try to force my body to go back to sleep until dusk.
In the last year, I’ve set myself the goal to get my sleeping to normal I’ve made a commitment to get 7-8 hours of rest each night.
I’ve tried hundreds of different sleep aids, pillow sprays incense, eye masks, lotions, sleep patches, and other activities that I do at night to help me achieve my goals including Yoga and meditation all the way to journals.
Every now and then I have difficulty sleeping although it’s less than one time per month instead of two or three nights per week. Here are a few of the most useful tools and resources I frequently include in my nighttime routine.