Sleep. It sounds so easy. Just wake at 6:00 a.m. each day, exercise and avoid coffee, have a dreamy bedtime routine, then go to bed at 10:00 p.m. each night. That’s it.
Not exactly. At least not for me and my crew, especially not for my college-dwelling son, Aiden, and my daughter, Devin, who is mama to 5-month-old, Henry. So again our family is wrestling with this thing called sleep. Gratefully we’re making some progress and here’s why. Sometimes, before we can get to the how-to’s of sleep hygiene, we need to know and believe that we deserve “better.” Then we can look at sleep as a way to gain energy to make our “better” a reality.
Go ahead and define your “better.” My son wants to keep his grades up and play his best baseball. My daughter wants to enjoy Henry’s fleeting infancy. I want to get my day work done efficiently so that I can have fun at night. This all takes energy.
If we think that sleep is keeping us from getting ahead, having fun, or if we wear sleep deprivation as a badge of effort or social status, we’re in trouble long-term. Emotionally, fatigue from a lack of sleep can contribute to a feeling of despair, self-loathing, or a lack of confidence.
We want to avoid this vicious cycle: I don’t sleep well. I get tired. I’m too tired to think straight. I feel down. I don’t perform well. I have less energy to do the things that help me sleep. So I don’t sleep well. I get more tired… Enough! We want to think we deserve better, and feel that we are worthy of better, because we are.
If you are tired, take a leap of faith and choose a few things from the links below to settle down, sleep well, and be energized. You deserve better and you are worthy of your best!
Do you sleep well? What are your sleeping tips? What “better” are you striving toward?
Sleep well ❤ ~~~~~~~~ Angie Mc