Sleep is a time to heal our bodies. To restore our minds. But, yet in our culture today, it seems that we are getting less and less of it.
I’m not gonna lie. Sleep for me is everything. I’ve concluded that I need 8.5 hours or I’ve wake up grumpy. And, no one wants #scarymommy rolling out of bed in the morning.
I’ve concluded that I need 8.5 hours or I’ve wake up grumpy. And, no one wants #scarymommy rolling out of bed in the morning.
Everyone functions differently on different amounts of sleep, but you likely know the right amount for you. And, getting the right amount affects our mood, the way that we eat, our patience, and productivity.
When we don’t sleep well, one side effect is anxiety. But, conversely, when we are anxious, we tend not to sleep well. I know this cycle all too well. I think I was traumatized after twins with needing sleep… but anyway…
I had twins almost a decade ago, and I am still recovering from the sleep deprivation trauma.
I’ve literally never been so exhausted in my life. People tell me they are tired, and I usually politely nod, but I am thinking in my head, “You don’t know what tired is.”
But, despite my twins growing up and my ability to get a full night’s sleep eventually, I was still having trouble sleeping.
I struggled with anxiety. I would fall asleep fine, but if I woke up in the middle of the night, I would be up for hours with my mind racing.
If that happens to you, my question for you is “what is on your mind?” are you worried, stressed, excited?
It was only until I was able to get my anxiety under control and start dealing with issues that were going on during the day, that I was able to resolve my sleep problems.
Making sleep a priority will create success in all aspects of your life. Your body and mind need the rest.
So, if you are having trouble sleeping, discover what it is that is keeping you up.
My guess is that you probably already know what it is. You know your triggers.
Check out this video and comment below if you try these tips!
PS — If you want to learn how to use your breath to calm your mind before bed, download this FREE Breathing Exercise Tutorial now. Sweet dreams ❤
Bridgette is Founder and CEO of Mommy Needs a Timeout. She empowers moms to reconnect with their identities OUTSIDE of being a mom, without the guilt.
Originally published at www.bridgettepetrino.com on March 13, 2017.
Originally published at medium.com