Hi there! I hope that 2018 found you in a good state and determined to make it the year of good changes and experiences. I have taken a few days off to focus on my priorities for the year ahead and the ways I'm making it MY year.
While reflecting on the past year (feels so good to say it), I realized that, apart from feeling like a zombie throughout, I also felt very tired. We made changes in our diet but it didn't seem to help, so I tried looking back to find what could have been the culprit. I didn't have to look too far.
Over a year ago, I have set up the bedtime option on my iPhone (if you have a different kind of phone, try finding a similar app), along with a reminder to ensure I'm getting eight hours of sleep.
Needless to say I was ignoring that reminder,
getting ready for bed only after what should have been my bedtime. Add my meditation ritual, and I would end up with seven and a half hours of sleep at best - no wonder I felt tired all the time.
I'm sure I'm not the only one doing this, so in the new year, I'm making it my goal to get more zzz's and I challenge you to do the same.
Easier said than done, you might say. And you are absolutely right!
You might also be asking "OK Em, how do you plan on doing that?". Well, I'm glad you ask, because I have a list to help us (me and you) be successful. Let's get on it.
Even if I said above that I have chosen to ignore my bedtime reminder, I still recommend setting it up, say, 15 minutes before your established sleep-time and start getting ready for bed as soon as it goes off.
Apart from setting a reminder, try finding and sticking to a routine that would help you ease into your bedtime. Here's what I'm incorporating in my night-time routine:
(Pictured: tea, tea infuser (in store only), tea bag rest (in store only - similar here and here).
Tell me, are you making sleep a priority this year? Do you have any other tips that would help? Please share below.
Until next time.