There are countless studies out there that talk about the benefits of having a good night's sleep...and by good night's sleep, the "experts" mean 8 hours a night. Most people don't get enough this much sleep for lots of reasons, hence, many of us suffer from poorer health than we should. I am one of these people. I love my sleep, but I am almost resistant to falling asleep. I cannot for the life of me relax enough to get to sleep these days and it is driving me crazy.
Part of my problem is that it takes me a long time to wind down and my "routine" has not a set time nor a set timeline. Instead of fighting this, I've given into my inner sleep clock and decided to start relaxing much earlier in the evening so that I'm ready to sleep by the time I hit the bedsheets. I'm on day 4 of this and so far so good, though one minor hiccup yesterday when I exhausted myself from spending the day wardrobe purging. Relaxing earlier means switching off the computer earlier, preparing for the next day much earlier (getting lunch together and outfit picked out) and eventually getting into bed much earlier.
It's hard to imagine a time where I could function fully on just four hours of sleep (ah those were the days, weren't they?), but now getting to bed a bit earlier and getting that extra bit more sleep is helping me feel much more productive throughout the day. Fingers crossed that this is the start of a permanent, more healthy attitude towards sleep!