Though it’s normally praised these days as part of the “hustler’s” lifestyle, staying up late and getting up early does the mind & body no good. Quality sleep is priority, especially if you have anxiety or chronic stress. Emotional wellbeing is NOT achievable without it. .
Sleep deprivation is a huge contributor to anxiety because lack of sleep amplifies the brain’s anticipatory reactions - so it makes you even more of a basket-case... yes I can call you a basketcase because I am Queen Basketcase when sleep deprived 🤪... And even more on edge waiting for whatever’s next to go horribly wrong!
Lack of sleep lowers productivity so no need wasting those precious hours on that To Do list because something is bound to (a) not get done or (b) get screwed up which will only make you more anxious!
If at the end of the day you didn’t get everything done, move the important stuff to the top of your list for tomorrow, take pride in what you did accomplish & hit the sack. If you get in the deadly overthinking cycle of self-shoulding (I shoulda washed that extra load, I shoulda cleaned the dog’s ears out yada yada..), tell yourself that part of the day is over and the world won’t end just because you have a couple things left on your list. Right now, it’s time to sleep and tomorrow will be time for other things.
Turn off the TV at least 30 minutes before bed and instead listen to calming music. When in bed, focus your mind on the pull of gravity & sink into your mattress. Feel the warmth of your covers and the softness of your pillow. Get consciously comfortable. And if still struggling, close your eyes and begin slow deep breathing repeating “Release” on exhale in your head followed by “Rest” when you’re feeling less tense. It also helps to make yourself yawn.
Lastly, if you tend to wake up in the middle of the night, don’t get out of bed unless it’s a must! Lie there with your eyes closed, repeating your bedtime wind down routine if necessary until you drift back off to sleep.