We Need Better Sleep
A while ago, I read a blog post titled “Yoga Doesn’t Take Time; It Makes Time.” At the conclusion of my read, I remember thinking that it sounded like it made sense, but in literal terms, to do an hour’s worth of yoga meant that an hour was taken away from my work day.
So how could yoga ‘make time?’
Flash forward to yesterday. I was completely exhausted but I had a ton of work to do, and although I don’t ever nap (it’s been years), I fell asleep for about 90 minutes.
The result was this: instead of being tired and dragging my feet until bedtime, barely getting anything done due to my exhaustion, I woke up around 5 pm and did everything I wanted to do. I had renewed energy for every task I charged myself with, and it was because I let my body rest and restore.
So lately, there has been a huge movement towards publicizing the absolute need for better sleep. Pioneered greatly by Arianna Huffington, this cry for better sleep is becoming more and more relevant as we, as a society, try to take on way too much. (Her book is called The Sleep Revolution; I currently have it ordered from Amazon.)
Her theory is that sleep deprivation “has profound consequences – on our health, our job performance, our relationships and our happiness.” Arianna writes “Only by renewing our relationship with sleep can we take back control of our lives.”
I, for one, am fascinated. We insist that our children slow down before bed and get enough sleep to sustain them throughout the day. But what about us? Why don’t we place the same importance on rest, restore, and repair for ourselves as we do for our children? We forget that sleep is a necessity. Not unlike shelter, food, and water, proper sleep is not a luxury; it’s a basic need.
How to Get Better Sleep
So tonight, try to prioritize sleep. Some ways to help you get a better sleep include:
- Read a book for an hour before bed; don’t replace that time with the TV and internet
- Take a bath with calming essential oil
- Keep your bedroom clean, dark, and cool
- Don’t eat or drink a lot in the hours leading up to bedtime
- Practice conscious breathing
- Try light yoga, but not vigorous exercise
- Don’t consume anything alcoholic within 2-3 hours before bed, or caffeinated within 10 hours before bed (try herbal tea)
Good luck! xo