I don’t know about you but I have not been getting nearly enough sleep lately. It might have to do with the fact that I’ve spent the last three months either preparing, interviewing or setting up for my telesummit. Since June sleep has taken a backseat and I know better. Now that it’s over let’s see if I can remedy that.
Let’s take a look at how much sleep we need, personally I need a minimum of 7 hours but thrive on 8. I was once told the older we get the less sleep we need but my mind and body beg to differ, I seem to require much more than I used to years ago. If I don’t get enough sleep (we’re talking 6 or less hours) it shows up in my personality and it’s just a matter of time before I become cranky. So being aware I do my best to avoid that. I can occasionally suffer from an occasional case of insomnia, usually as a result of “thinking” too much or being excited about something. But it only happens once or twice a month maximum.
Many studies have shown that the lack of sleep has many detrimental effects on our health, it can cause heart disease, age our skin and a whole host of other boo boo’s. Yet we still don’t take enough time to get our rest.
As a child and an adult my lack of interest in all things sleep stemmed from a fear of missing out. I didn’t like sleeping in because that meant there were hours during the day I would lose doing something I considered productive, whereas sleep was a waste of time. I never napped, I come from a napping family and live with a napping spouse. So to teach my body and my mindset that it’s ok to get rest had been a task but one I felt compelled to take on.
How do I do it? I start by going to bed at the same time every night. I get up between 6-6:30 so if I do the math I must be in bed by 10-10:30pm, that doesn’t always sit well with me, but I’ve learned to enjoy letting my body rest.
Some of the rewards I get out of a good night’s sleep;
- Good mood
- Better handle on the day ahead
- Deadlines are much easier to meet
- Healthier sex drive
There are so many reasons to get that rest! I look better when I get a good night’s sleep, those dark circles are lighter, eyes less puffy and another bonus is that my body seems to be able to digest food better and here’s another thing whenever I get a good night of sleep I’m not craving junk food! I believe; when we start taking better care of our bodies through a good night’s sleep, exercise (walking, strength training or whatever gets your body moving) then the body starts to instinctively know what it needs or wants to eat.
So there are many reasons to get that good night’s sleep! If you need to start slowly then do that but start. You can start by going to bed 15 minutes (or heck 10 minutes) earlier than you normally do. Just do that for the week and see how that works for you. Try it. You won’t be sorry you got a good night’s sleep.
I’ll be covering more tips on how you can get a good night’s sleep in my next blog post!