Learning about sleep and how important it is was an eye opener for me. Sorry about the wording but I couldn’t help myself, lol.
All jokes aside, I haven’t slept much for such a long time that I hadn’t thought about how it could be affecting me.
We all deserve to have a good night’s sleep; we all need to rest well to restore ourselves in different areas.
I sleep in a lounge room so I needed to learn to sleep well. I thought I would dive into a deep sleep with a few changes.
However, the first week I talked on the phone till late, watched movies, ate late night snacks, checked my phone and did things that weren’t helpful. I don’t know why I did this, but I gave myself grace to realise that I’ve been through a lot. Mistakes may happen but I will get there.
Being in a shared space I wanted to make some bold changes to suit my needs and for once add my own choices.
Tips for you
Give yourself time to intentionally stop and think about how you sleep and what could be better for you.
Allow yourself grace to rest better, and know you are important.
Consider: what do you like? What do you think are good ideas for your needs?
Create your own personal space:
I changed my curtains to a pink backdrop with different coloured sheer curtains along the front: an op shop purchase years earlier.
A quick trip to Bunnings to buy brackets, and while there I found some cool spiral shaped curtain rod ends in a bargain bin. I put them up myself, climbed on furniture using a drill, dropped screws, did a bit of yelling- but to see the end result made me feel strong and capable.
I had some lanterns, so I bought $3 fairy lights from Kmart to put in them, and placed them around the room for a mellow feel for early evening. Then I found a different doona cover in my linen cupboard.
Tips for you:
Turn lights, phone and all technology off as early as you can.
Use what you already have, budget for changes or visit your local op shop.
Be creative, inventive and have fun as this is for you
To wind down, I do some breathing exercises and I say a prayer, and then I imagine my bed is on the roof outside, that my bed feels so soft, cool and comfy and I can see all the beautiful stars.
And I go to sleep.
Tips for you:
Avoid caffeine drinks before bed.
Get some sunshine and exercise daily.
Use your imagination to take you to your favourite peaceful place.
Meditate, pray or do relaxed breathing.
Waking up is now easy. I open the curtains to let the sunshine in and I feel fresh, with no more brain fog or dull headaches, and more energy to exercise each day.