This year I am determined to make an old resolution a new one—and commit to it. Get more sleep. Sounds ridiculous especially when there are two small kids in the house whom I would never label “great sleepers.”
What I’ve realized is in order to achieve all the other resolutions I come up with such as, getting to the gym more, being more this, doing more of that, I must first focus on getting a good night’s sleep. When you sleep, everything recharges, your brain functions at an optimum, and then you can do more. We shouldn’t scrimp on something so important.
I can get away with a lot by saying I have “mommy brain.” The fact is I do, terribly, and its cute and all to say it but truth be told, I don’t want it anymore. I want to be switched on and fully recharged and not running on empty. I want to be able to process and retain new information that is coming at me. Geez, if only I could retain half the information thrown at me on a daily basis!!!!! And my “mommy brain” has a lot to do with sleep I’m not getting.
Let me list off just a few of the benefits you get from sleep:
Your body detoxes and repairs itself.
Improved concentration and productivity.
Gives you a youthful appearance.
Helps boost your metabolism.
Improves your memory.
Gives you more stamina.
Boosts your immune system.
Do I need to go on? That list alone is everything I need in my life that I feel are my main issues.
So, what can we do to promote sleep? Here’s a start:
We’ve heard it all before, or at least I have but it’s all a great reminder. I’ll be working on this in 2017 and will keep you up to date with any new findings.
How’s your sleep? Or if you’ve had sleep disorders what have you done to overcome them?