Knowing I needed to keep my commitment to my 31 days of writing, my body is telling me I need to re-post an old blog entry on "Sleep".
My schedule has been overwhelmingly busy and trying to get everything in a day has been challenging. In spite of all there is on my agenda, I know I have to keep a balance and take care of #1. That is me. "Although family, business, clients, church work and home hits the priority list, the truth is, you are worthless to it all if you do not take care of yourself. "
One of those "take care" factors that makes the priority list is indeed sleep. I am just thinking I am not the only person who is reading this that needs this message.
"You will be better for your family and all you do if you take care of number one...YOU."
“The best bridge between hope and despair is often a good night’s sleep.”“It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the
bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.” Psalm 127:2“How can my people expect healing, when they are violating the laws of diet and rest?”
When we are sleep deprived, life loses its luster and can leave us feeling exhausted. Our body needs good solid sleep every night. When we are unable to get the kind of sleep we need, this deprivation accumulates and can begin to create havoc in our daily lives. For example, a lack of sleep may leave you:
• unable to focus during the day
• tired and exhausted all the time
• irritable and short-tempered
• depressed or anxious
• more susceptible to colds, headaches, or allergies
• feeling vulnerable and less confident
Tips to get you a good night’s sleep:
1. Make your bedroom a sanctuary. Check for clutter, air quality, comfortable bed, sheets, comforter, noise level & cleanliness.
2. Drink milk before bedtime...it contains calming calcium, magnesium, and tryptophan.
3. A warm relaxing bath or shower.
4. Soothing herb tea.
5. No caffeine late in the day.
6. Don’t go to bed too early.
7. Exercise regularly, but not close to bedtime.
8. Don’t go to bed angry.
9. Learn to fall asleep without the radio or TV on. Research has shown a radio or TV running while we are asleep will cause us to be more wakeful.
10. Using the stress management exercise is wonderful. Start with your feet, point, hold, relax, then pull your feet up, hold, then relax. Do this going up your body stretching, holding, then relaxing each muscle as you go up. Usually, by the time you are to your shoulders and neck, you are already asleep.
Good night. Hope you have a good night’s sleep.