If you’re always on the road and working long hours at shoots or on set, it can be tough to ensure you’re getting enough sleep. All too easily, your schedule can get thrown off, making it tough to get back on track. And when you don’t get enough Z’s, it’s difficult to perform as you should. Here are some ways to quickly get back in the swing of things, according to WebMD.
Keep It Dark
When you hit the pillow at the end of an especially grueling day, make sure the room is completely dark. This triggers the mind to induce tiredness, so lying down in a blackened room is the quickest way to welcome a good night’s rest.
Light It Up
The opposite goes when it’s time to rise and shine. Light tells our bodies it’s time to wake up and face the day. When your alarm goes off or you naturally re-enter the world, immediately open the shades and flick on the lights. This will help you awaken more quickly and fill your energy reserves so you’re ready for whatever the day will bring.
It’s important to squeeze in a workout whenever possible. Exercising helps regulate your sleep schedule, ensuring you’ll have a better night’s rest when you need it and you’re more alert during the day. A calming bedtime routine, such as yoga, is perfect for telling the body to relax and unwind. If you have just ten to twenty minutes to wind down each night before hitting the hay, this will help your mind to switch over to sleep mode more quickly.
Supplements for Sleep
Sipping on some chamomile tea an hour before lying down or adding melatonin to your nightly routine will also help to usher in some well-deserved Z’s. Make sure you stick to natural remedies. Many prescription and over-the-counter sleep aids can be habit-forming, and in the long run, these actually throw off your schedule even more by making your body dependent on the drug. Keeping a bottle of the essential oil, lavender, and add a few drops to your neck or wrists just before lying down, or you can keep a bottle of lavender body lotion handy for the same effect.
Regardless of which career you choose your body will always need adequate sleep to repair tissues and ensure it’s functioning as it should. If you’re having a tough time sticking to a routine because of work obligations, try a few of these methods to welcome sleep whenever you can.