So allegedly looking at a digital screen before bed is not super great for getting a good night’s sleep. I don’t know if you’ve heard.
But I suspect that even if you have, and even if you do struggle to go to sleep sometimes, you still probably find yourself staring at your Instagram feed late at night, or watching Netflix, or travelling down a Youtube hole.
It’s hard to find half an hour to unplug every night before hopping into bed. It’s inconvenient.
But so is not being able to fall fast asleep.
In my ideal world, I’d have plenty of time every night to unwind. I’d have an hour to read a little and do a few relaxing yoga stretches and fall off into a deep slumber in my perfectly pitch black room with a carefully regulated temperature and no alarm clock in sight.
But at the moment, that’s just not real life. The reality is that I want to be able to be working on my laptop until I’m ready to go to sleep. Or I want to be able to sneak in an episode of the Office.
So while I suspect that the studies are right and the screens aren’t helping, I knew I needed to find different sleep solutions that were more convenient.
The two solutions I highly recommend
My number one tip is to have a cup of tea. But I don’t drink any old tea, I drink Nighty Night by Traditional Medicinals.
It’s not very expensive, you can pick it up at most grocery stores or on Amazon, and it works wonders. When I have a cup, I notice a difference. I fall asleep faster. My thoughts don’t race as much and I feel more relaxed.
Just the act of drinking tea is relaxing, so I think any soothing, caffeine-free kind helps. But if you have any trouble at all going to bed, i highly recommend Nighty Night. The name is also hilarious.
My number two tip is to take a magnesium supplement.
Now, for whatever reason, no one seems to know what magnesium is. For most of my life, I didn’t either. But it’s actually the most important mineral in the human body, or at the very least, up there with iron, potassium and zinc.
Magnesium helps your body relax and soothes sore muscles. It’s actually the reason putting epsom salts in your bath is so relaxing. Epsom salts could more accurately be called magnesium salts, they’re just not marketed that way. Nonetheless, epsom salts are so good at relaxing your body because you actually absorb the magnesium through your skin. Taking a supplement is just an easier way to get the magnesium without having to go through all the trouble of drawing a bath.
I currently take magnesium citrate by New Roots which you can pick up online here. It’s supposed to be the most absorbable form, and honestly, taking one before bed has made a massive difference.
I used to constantly worry that on any given night, I might not be able to turn my mind off. It never really raced with worries like some people, but some nights I would just hop into bed and it just wouldn’t be ready to turn off. It would just keep going and going with ideas and plans for work and plans for the future and it would be great, but also so awful, when 2 hours later, I was still up.
I almost never have those nights anymore. I drink a cup of tea, take my magnesium supplement, hop into bed, and fall asleep.
And sure, I’d love to be able to do all the other sleep tips. I’d love to unplug, and have a perfectly blacked out room set at the perfect temperature, but for the time being, tea and magnesium are getting the job done. No huge change to my routine. I can work until I go to bed. And I always fall asleep.
Give them a try and let me know if they work for you. Or if you have another tip that works like a charm, let me know and I’ll give it a try.