I'll SLEEP WHEN I'M DEAD!
There was a time in my life where I subscribed to the philosophy “I’LL SLEEP WHEN I’M DEAD BITCHES!!!!” Go, go, go, so much to do all the time! Never time to miss the FUN. At the time, I had a few friends that were SUPER into their 8 hours of sleep every night. And I remember thinking -
They were made of frailer stuff than I. I who was doing AWESOME on my 4 to maybe 6 hours of sleep. I WHO WOULD RULE THE WORLD. If I could just stay focused long enough... and not fall asleep on my desk... and not... zzzzz.... what? what just happend?
Looking back I want to shake young me - SLEEP IS SO IMPORTANT - I want to stress this so hard that you tell me to shut up, you tell me ANNETTE WE GET IT, CALM YOURSELF!
Sleep is magic for your body. People pay a crazy amounts money on powders, supplements, cleanses, detoxes, etc. when a more effective cure is free and overlooked. Sleep is way more powerful and impactful to your health than you realize.
Sleep affects how you see the world. It affects how you make decisions. It affects your mood. How you recover. Aging, your digestion, how you learn, how you retain. It affects weight loss (or lack thereof). It affects your stress levels. Your focus. Your memory. Your ability to be patient. To be kind. To be grateful. Sleep plays into all of that.
Mark Sisson over at Mark's Daily Apple wrote a great guide to sleep, worth a gander.
I know a lot of people have the best intentions when it comes to going to sleep, but have trouble shutting down. There are a few things you can try to make this transition easier:
1) Get off your devices - do this at least an hour before you intend on going to bed. The light is stimulating and messes with your body's understanding that it is time to shut down.
2) Night time ritual - I recommend tea and writing. Dim the lights, make some tea, write down thoughts of the day, or a few things you are grateful for - doing this regularly will make your body understand ahhh this is the thing we do before going to bed. It is like a puppy, sometimes it needs to be trained.
3) Bring down the lights - transition into a more nighttime looking world.
4) Focus on breathing - calm your mind by sticking with your breath. Breathe in - count one, breathe out - count two, breathe in - count three, breathe out - count four, and so on until you reach ten - then repeat.
Sleep is money on the table.
Pick it up, put it in your pocket - see how awesome it feels.