(book provided for review)
Getting into a bad sleep routine is so easy to do. Especially these days of constantly being connected to some sort of electronic device like our smartphones. I’m a night owl. I work best at night but I also know that staying up till 4 am is a terrible idea for my body. The problem is, I KNOW how much sleep I need to get each night. I know that I need to sleep at least 10 hours a night to fully recharge. That is what my body likes, that is when I feel my very best, and that is what my body deserves from me. Yet, continually night after night I battle with the clock and going to bed at a decent hour. Sound familiar?
As mothers, we often preach to our kids about the importance of sleep and stress that they maintain a bedtime routine. As women, we try to do it all while life hands us one stressor after another. Ladies, you have to take better care of yourself. You deserve it.
I, of course, am preaching to myself when I say this. I’ve battled with trying to establish a sleep routine for what seems like my entire life. I have all the best intentions but making a new habit takes a lot of dedication. As I get older the importance of sleep becomes even more apparent. While I am just in my early thirties now, I know it is never too late to start establishing a night time routine for my health and my best self. I’m sure the older me will eventually thank me.
So what has brought on all this sleep talk? You mean besides the insomnia I’ve been experiencing the last month? Not too long ago I was sent a copy of Arianna Huffington’s book entitled The Sleep Revolution. This book is centered around what happens after sleep deprivation, Arianna discusses the turning point in her life that made her change her sleep habits.
How our body works and functions fascinates me, its a subject that I constantly do research on. I think it is important that we all educate ourselves on how to help our bodies. As Arianna points out in her book, the best way that we can help our bodies is through maintaining a consistent sleep pattern as sleep is the foundation for our day.
I’m a homeschooling Mom with a few short weeks until school begins again. Last year, I felt as if I was constantly running on fumes. This year I am trying to make a change because I know my body can not take another sleep deprived year. I want to make a change for my children, and a change for myself by establishing a night time routine so our days will go by a lot more smoothly. Creating a new habit takes time which is why I want, and encourage you, to start implementing changes into a night time routine now rather than the night before the first day of school. It is not going to be easy, but in the end it will be worth it. For motivation, I highly recommend that you read The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington. As you slowly transition your sleep routine to hopefully a more positive one, aim to get the number of hours your body needs to feel fully recharged each night. For some it may be 7-8 hours of sleep while others may need a little more like myself at around 10. Every body and every person is different, but the importance of sleep can not be ignored any longer.