by Angela Counsel
So many of my clients share their stories of bad sleep with me.
We all know how important sleep is. Sleep is when your conscious mind rests and your body repairs itself. If you think of your brain like a computer, sleep is like the daily back-up where all of the thoughts, actions, emotions and memories of the day are saved and filed so they can be retrieved at a later date.
Sleep is almost as important as food when it comes to being healthy and vital. And we all know what happens when we don’t get enough of it….
- We get cranky and irritable
- Start putting on excess weight
- Have lowered immunity
- Ongoing fatigue. You’re always so darn exhausted!
- Poor cell recovery
- Difficulty concentrating
- I could go on and on and on…..
Anyone nodding along to this?
And of course there are many causes too but what I am seeing with my clients who are women and running their own business is that it is all about stress. A busy life with a mind that won’t stop and sleep patterns can be affected. But I have also seen women with busy lives and busy minds that can sleep beautifully. It’s because they do the following:
1. Stop drinking caffeine too late in the day
2. Keep the wines to a minimum (if any) at dinnertime
3. Practice meditation and teach their minds to slow down
4. Take time out for themselves
5. Practice some form of gentle exercise such as yoga or walking
6. Turn off their digital devices a couple of hours before bedtime
7. Sleep with their phone in another room
8. Getting to bed between 9 and 11pm
9. Get up early to work rather than stay up late to attack the to do list
10. Have a relaxing herbal tea after dinner
Obviously many mums have kids who wake through the night. Yes, it’s hard to sleep through and get a good night’s sleep when that is the case but what you can do around that is make sure that you are functioning at optimal health in other ways so the impact of less sleep is not so severe.
Eat well, do some gentle exercise, be kind to yourself and don’t set your expectation bar too high.
But if the kids ARE sleeping through and your sleep is interrupted, the issue may be you and how you are dealing with your busy lifestyle. It doesn’t have to be this way. You can be busy AND healthy AND get a good night’s sleep. It is possible.
I’ve managed to do it and so have many of my clients.
Think about the 10 things I have popped up in the post above and start introducing one at a time to your day. Maybe start with introducing two a week and see how it impacts you. You’ll see a difference within a month for sure.
Off to the land of nod for you.