Day 2: SLEEP
“Now I lay me down to sleep...”
– a bedtime prayer (also, Metallica)
Lots of people who partake do so before bed. THC in your system during sleep impacts your sleep cycle. (More on that later.) On the upside, being high before bed helps people fall asleep. Unfortunately, some people come to have difficulty falling asleep without it.
This tolerance break offers a chance to create new routines. “Bedtime” is a concept that you probably have not thought about in years. But falling asleep is as much about your bedtime routine as it is about being tired.
The quote above is mostly because I wanted to reference Metallica. But also because it may conjure some old-timey notion of a kid going to bed. Kids tend to sleep well when they have routine. Pajamas, bath, books, and bed. The whole sequence is designed to tell the body that it is time to sleep.
If you are having trouble falling asleep, look at your routine. If you don’t have a bedtime routine, you can make one. Here are a few tips.
- Wear pajamas every night (fancy footy ones or old comfy clothes.)
- Do something involving hot water: a bath, shower, face-wash or cup of herbal tea.
- Use the blue-light lifter on your screen. (Blue light is a simulant.) And turn off devices 30 minutes prior.
Sleep experts say that your bed should be used only for sex and sleep. If you live in an apartment or dorm, your bed often becomes your table, your desk, and your couch. If sleep remains an issue, consider how you use your bed. It might help to stay off your bed until it is time to sleep.