Happy month four of my monthly wellness series! This month’s topic is one we could ALL use help on I’m sure and that’s sleep! Sleep to me is pretty much one of the most important aspects of wellness. Without good sleep it’s really hard to do much of anything. I am really loving these monthly wellness series and challenges so I hope you really dive into this one with me!
Monthly Wellness Series Month Four: Sleep
Why I think it’s important:
Have you ever pulled an all nighter? I remember in college and even a few times in high school during that and feeling physically sick the next day. That to me is the biggest reason sleep is important. When you don’t get it you feel like garbage! I know personally when I don’t get enough sleep Im not as good of a mom, I am not focused on my work, I feel sluggish, and I’m less likely to do other things to care of myself like drink enough water, eat well, exercise. So sleep really is the foundation for so much of our overall wellness.
What I do:
I am a stickler for routines. I thrive on them. So at night we always eat dinner, watch a show in our family room, clean the kitchen and then go get ready for bed. Once in bed I really try to read but I do read on my phone- Kindle app so I know that’s NOT the best. But I think a big part of what helps me is I take Magnesium at night which does help me sleep. I also set a sleep timer on my Apple watch. At 9:30 my phone automatically goes on do not disturb. There are for sure some things I need to work on and I feel like challenging myself (more below) will help!
This months challenge:
I challenge everyone reading this to come up with a simple night time routine that helps with better sleep. Maybe for you that’s reading for 20 minutes before bed. Or maybe it’s just turning off all screens an hour before bed. Whatever will help you try to find something or a few things to help with better sleep.
PREVIOUS MONTHS CHALLENGES:
What is your current sleep routine?
Thanks for the tips! I don’t get enough sleep and have a horrible schedule – I need to sort it out asap! 🙂
Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
I am not a good sleeper – I really need to work on having a proper bedtime routine!
I also thrive on routines. My boys are in bed at 7 and I wash my face at that time and take a few supplements. Then I chill on the couch, watch a few shows, and work on the computer. By 9:30, all electronics are off and I am laying in bed. I read until I fall asleep (on my kindle reader but it isn’t like a regular screen).
I could totally use more sleep! That’s one area I say time and again I keep meaning to get more of.
Sleep is incredibly important to me, especially with my chronic illness – since it flares up worse than ever if I’m lacking sleep. I have a pretty strict bedtime routine and I’ve worked really hard to find peace in sleep despite some challenges that I can’t work around (like insanely loud neighbors, violence in our neighborhood spooking me, etc.) It’s so important to find a way to rest well!
I find that having a night time routine is so important, especially as I grow older. I used to be able to fall asleep anytime and for as long as I want but not anymore. Now it’s typically tea while reading (no phones!) to unwind.
Ever since I started being so tired in the morning, I created a basic nighttime routine. Where I at least sleep at a certain time every night. Since then, I seem to have more energy, so I’m completely on your side about how important it is to have a nighttime routine.
I actually listen to a sleep meditation when I am about to go to bed. It really helps me fall asleep.