I recently hosted a 5-day Sleep Challenge (my first time to host a Facebook challenge group experience!) and I want to share here about some key thoughts.
One, sleep is crucial.
It is not something you can really do without and still function at your best. Sure you can burn the candle at both ends or pull an all-nighter once in a while and get by with it, but not as a regular habit. Before long, the spiral downward will take its toll. So getting a new mindset about sleep may be a big deal for you if you tend to view sleep as the enemy.
Two, a good night’s sleep starts early.
It’s not enough to decide to go to bed on time. (Whatever time that is may need some analysis. We talked about this in the challenge group.) You can make adjustments throughout the day that may be a benefit to your ability to get to sleep and sleep soundly through the night. While I am all for napping, for instance, it may help to discern if your napping – – perhaps the timing or length of them – – is negatively affecting your ability to get a good night’s sleep more often than not. If so, it’s an easy (and free!) adjustment to make sure your naps are helpful, not harmful to your overall quality of sleep. Some people may need to add a nap if their current schedule does not allow for their optimal amount of night-time sleep. Guilt-free, of course! Throughout our sleep challenge, I asked the participants to keep a sleep journal. This helped to track items throughout the day that could possibly be affecting their sleep at night. Some other possibilities were caffeine/stimulants; evening snacking; stress and worries; pain. Of course, there are lots of things that can hinder sleep. And none of this was/is intended to diagnose/treat/cure anything medical. (I recommend you see your healthcare practitioner for any medical concerns.)
Three, there are solutions!
While not exhaustive, our sleep challenge pointed to possible solutions and at the end of the challenge I offered a free resource guide with my recommendations for products to help with sleep that I have gleaned from my own experience (and that of my large family who have had a variety of sleep struggles), and others recommendations. As with our sleep challenge group (I told them they would become their own Sleep Detectives!) it can take some focus time to sleuth out the issues that are negatively affecting your sleep and put in place a workable plan that will address them successfully.
If you are in need of consistently better sleep, I would like to share my resource list with you as well as my Sleep Detective Journal so you can become your own Sleep Detective!
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Sweet dreams . . .zzzzzz
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