It happened

Last night I had the best sleep! I went to bed at 9:30 p.m., woke up briefly at 11:15 p.m. to get my son some water, and then slept soundly until around 5:45 a.m.  That’s a solid eight hours of sleep! As I’ve mentioned, that hasn’t happened for me in forever.

There are a few things that I think are making a big difference:

  • No more television immediately before bedtime.
  • No more electronic screens in my bedroom, unless I’m on call and must have my cell phone in my bedroom for work reasons (like this week).
  • Nightly meditation. This has been the biggest game-changer, IMO. And I’m feeling the benefits throughout my days, too. I am so much more relaxed about life, in general.
  • Going to bed by 10:00 p.m., 10:30 at the absolute latest.

You know, I was actually blaming my insomnia on age and hormones, and now I feel silly about that. Today I feel rested, balanced, and full of energy. Once again, proof that life change is always within our own reach.

I first started really thinking about the effects of bad sleep on my health after reading Whole9’s resources on sleep last year. Check them out – it’s great food for thought.

These days we’re so focused on everything that happens to us during the day (especially those of us with kids) that we forget how important it is to recharge at night. Trust me, your kids, spouses, and coworkers (yup) will thank you for getting your sh*t together and getting some sleep.

Four more days until I start the 30-day minimalism challenge. A good friend of mine is going to do it with me. I can’t wait to write about the experience!

Have a peaceful weekend.