Single-tasking your way to sanity: how to get a good night’s sleep

I wrote about this a while ago – how I’ve had to admit to myself that I’m a terrible multi-tasker; however, I have to insist that this is actually not a bad thing. Often when you’re multi-tasking, say at work or with your kids, you are not fully present in any of the things you’re trying to do simultaneously. When you’re single-tashing, you’re focusing on that one thing fully, rather than a diluted way. While it’s been a long road in trying to peel myself away from such ingrained habits (always juggling 10 things at a time), I’ve had huge success where I have managed to pare down and be more present – one of those areas is: sleep.

I’ve heard it from friends and co-workers, and read it in articles – the last thing you look at when you go to bed is your phone. The first thing you look at when you wake up? Your phone.

I have used my phone as my alarm clock for as long as I can remember. It has always been there to easily reach for when I couldn’t sleep (most likely because the stimulating glare of rotating images was preventing my mind from fully relaxing), and there to eat up my morning minutes as I procrastinated getting out of bed to scroll through social media. There to remind me my email inbox was filling up as I lay in bed, and ready to alert me when my to-do list deadlines were approaching.

Enter, the alarm clock.

My husband brought one home for me last week and it has been a game-changer.

I leave my phone on the kitchen table – sound on in case of emergency calls (because how many of us have home phones anymore?). I set my alarm clock beside my bed. Read a book until my lids droop, and I’m off to dreamland.

It’s a small change that has made a huge impact.

I feel more rested, I fall asleep earlier, and in the morning I magically seem to have more time to get myself ready for work and the kids off to school. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still hectic, because KIDS; but it’s also less stressful because my head isn’t already three hours ahead sitting at my office desk, panicking about what needs to get done four days from now.

What are your tricks for a good night’s sleep? Do you have a cut-off time for social media in the evenings? Do you have a home phone? I’d love to hear your own experiences.


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