…For me, anyway. As I have said previously, I am a work in progress. Well, aren’t we all?
After a lot of time and work, and a whole lot of giving myself grace, I have made some improvements. I drink enough water. I do regular exercise that I enjoy and makes me feel healthy, strong and happy. I have learned to trust my body to eat what I need and how much to eat. I generally eat unprocessed whole foods. Don’t get me wrong, I can do better on all these, but I feel like I have made a few improvements that I am currently happy with.
But man, do I feel rested? Never! I just struggle so much with getting to sleep. I am a stay-at-home mum to two young kids. My husband works all day. I don’t have family around to help out with the kids at all. By the time my husband gets home from work and we go through the dinner-bath-bedtime story routine, he and I just want to sit and hang out on the sofa, mostly with a Netflix show. And there we stay, until waaaaay too late. “Just one more episode” we say, despite our heavy eyelids.
I am sure we are not alone in this. We trade-off quality and duration of sleep for poor-quality time together watching tv shows. And we always regret it. We feel tired when we wake up, tired mid-morning, tired mid-afternoon. It contributes to me not being productive, to being impatient with my kids, and not being present with them and my husband.
So, with the help of my fellow coaching friend, I have made an action plan to try to increase the amount and quality of sleep I get.
— Enjoy my daily caffeine before noon
— Make time to stop watching our TV show (either decide how many episodes/set an alarm for when to stop watching) – about 9pm.
— Bedtime routine – brush teeth etc, get into pyjamas.
— Spend 10 minutes together doing a guided meditation – we like the Calm app (not an ad).
— Be in bed with lights out by 10 pm.
These are my first steps. When we have this in our routine I hope to add a few more things:
— Maybe using blue light filter glasses if working/using tech in the evenings.
— Reading a book or playing a board game instead of watching TV
— Ensuring my toddler sleeps through the night. Ha!