5 Tips for Teachers Who Can't Fall Asleep
Teachers deserve and need a good night’s sleep. Our brain and body recovers and replenishes itself during sleep, so it is essential to living a positive and happy life. On days when you don’t get enough sleep you are sure to feel more irritable and less patient with yourself, your colleagues and your students. Having one of those evenings where you can’t fall asleep? Here are 5 tips to help you get the rest you need.
Get Out of Bed - Don’t let your brain associate your bed with your struggle to fall asleep at night. Don’t just lay there and toss and turn. Go to another room and stretch, read, meditate, journal, etc. Once you begin to feel sleepy, return to bed and give it another try. One rule: NO electronics!
Keep Your Room Cool - Open a window, turn on a fan or adjust the heat. Studies show a cooler room allows for a better sleep environment.
Listen to a Podcast - Brain racing a mile a minute? Find something to distract your mind such an interesting podcast or a audio book.
Relax Your Body - Sounds obvious, right? Start with the top of your head and think about relaxing every single part of your body. Move your busy teacher brain away from thinking about your to-do list and focus on relaxing every single part of your body. You may also want to try breathing exercises to ease your mind.
Lavender - Research suggests that lavender may be useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness. Use a lavender scent as part of your night routine, which will create an association between winding down for the evening and a good night’s sleep.