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Better Sleep

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March was all about focusing on sleep for me. (See my other monthly goals here.) For YEARS I have been a night owl. Like, 2am would roll around and I would be surprised how late it was. My body just doesn’t give me the sleepy cues it should to force my buns into bed. The only problem is that I have an early alarm clock and kids that need a functional mama every morning. Now, I might be “functional” after 4 hours of sleep but I am certainly not very nice about it. I realized a couple of years ago that “functional” wasn’t going to cut it anymore and that I wanted to be more pleasant and less grumpy. So, I started changing my sleep habits. I’m still not perfect about it and now I only stay up until 2am if I have deadlines!

I wanted to spend a month focusing on my sleep just to remind myself of how important it is and keep myself on the right sleep track.

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Here are some tips for getting better sleep if you tend to stay up late then regret the next morning!

1. Stop looking at tv, phone, laptop, computer, etc. about 30 minutes before you plan to go to sleep. The light messes with your brain and tells your body to stay awake.

2. Go to bed a little earlier each night. If you are staying up until 2am, like I was, it will be a huge adjustment to suddenly hit the hay at 10pm.

3. Don’t nap. For me, a nap always messes up my sleep schedule. If I accidentally crash on the couch on a Sunday afternoon, there is NO WAY I will be able to fall asleep before midnight. I try to avoid naps, at all costs!

4. Do something relaxing. If you are used to watching tv until bedtime, try taking a lavender bath instead. You can also try meditating, stretching, or listening to calm music.

5. Stop eating. Give your body a break from digesting. Try to stop eating several hours before bed. Brush your teeth to help keep you from midnight snacking.

6. Dim the lights. Lights tell your body it’s time to be awake. Start dimming your lights closer to bedtime to naturally tell your bod its time for some snoozing.

7. Fake it till you make it. A lot of times I don’t feel tired but I just make myself go to bed. Some nights it takes me forever to fall asleep but I know that at least my body is still getting rest and that I’m still in the process of teaching myself better sleep habits.

For me, more sleep means I am much nicer, no bags under my eyes, more energy, and mental clarity.

Check out my focus for April and follow along on Instagram! Do you have any more tips for getting better sleep?

To Read / No. 1

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I decided to spend February focusing on reading more books. (You can find my January focus here.) Anyway, last month didn’t go exactly as I had envisioned. February was a stressful month for me and I learned that when I have high anxiety I do not want to read a novel. I did make two major changes in my reading habits, though.

1. I read to my kids almost every time they asked. It’s really easy to find an excuse not to read to them so I made sure that I put other things on the back burner more so we could snuggle and read together. I read One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish about a billion times. I also had lengthy conversations about what would happen if my kids brought home a Clark from the park.

2. I looked up a lot of articles and talks about the thing that was/is making me feel anxious. I can’t fix it but I know more about how to deal with it in the future. Not very exciting for you but helpful for me.

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I asked for book suggestions on Instagram a few weeks ago and I want to share them here. I’ve read a few of them and have some of the others on my To Read list!

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change by Shawn Achor

Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters! by Rachel Macy Stafford

Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand

Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story by Benjamin Carson

The End of Reason: A Response to the New Atheists by Ravi Zacharias

All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel by Anthony Doerr

Die Empty: Unleash Your Best Work Every Day by Todd Henry

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua

Have you read any of these? What would you add to the list?