Are you getting enough rest?
Believe it or not it’s just as important to schedule your sleep, as it is to schedule everything else within your day. Are you a busy person or a parent like me? I know sometimes because I am so busy, and I am a mom I stay up later to get my work done. I’m really trying not to let my work interfere with my quality time with my son or other activities he and I have planned throughout the week.
There were nights where I would catch myself getting less sleep on certain nights than others because I’m still trying to get things done. I would also catch myself thinking about things I need to take care of before I go to bed. I totally stopped watching TV before bedtime because it’s such a time warp. I would catch myself staying awake to see what was going to happen next and then feeling super tired the next day.
I’ve often wondered while how much sleep do I need anyways? According to WebMD adults need about 8 to 10 hours of sleep. However, if you’re well rested than 5 hours can also be sufficient. How many hours do you feel that your body needs? Sometimes I feel I need more sleep on certain nights than others.
I know that when I’m well rested it really helps me feel great, in a better mood, and I’m able to maintain a stronger focus on my day time tasks or activities. If you’re a busy person or a parent like me I’m sure you would appreciate that on days that you’re driving around getting things done or your driving your children around to their extra-curricular activities. If you’re like me I’m sure you want to be at your best when your with your loved ones or children too.
Here’s a few quick tips that I’ve used to help me with a restful night:
1. Make a "Brain Dump" list. Funny title huh?
I was listening to an audio by Brian Tracy and he suggested making a list of all the activities that you want or need to accomplish almost like a to do list before you go to bed. Trust me this works. My mind isn’t wandering on what I need to get done and I fall asleep a lot quicker when I do this.
2. Set an alarm for your bedtime!
Yes, just like I set an alarm to wake up I’ve also tried setting an alarm for going to bed. I recommend setting it at least a half an hour to an hour before depending on what you need to accomplish and what you need to take care of before you go to bed.
3. Take A Moment To Be Grateful
Be thankful for all the great things that are in your life.
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