I tried really hard to get more sleep this month. Really. I tried. But I can’t say that these 30 Days have been my most successful. But I have come to learn that even when I don’t succeed in my 30-day goals, there are always lessons to take away. This month is no exception.
- Thinking about sleeping well doesn’t equal good sleep. And I think this was part of my problem. Some nights I thought myself right out of a good night’s sleep. And quiet honestly that sucks. But I just put too much pressure on myself to sleep well. I was thinking about all the reasons a good night’s sleep would be just what I needed, and here I am at the end of the month not sleeping much better at all.
- Everyone has an opinion. Like raising children, everyone has an opinion about sleep–how to get more of it, how to fall asleep the best, how to stay asleep. But here’s the thing, you can listen to advice all night long, but what works for one person, might not work for you. I’m open to any option that works, but I’m hearing and trying many, many different options.
- Technology is a Research Tool. I’ve been using the Sleep Cycle app for a while now, and although it doesn’t help me sleep, it has helped me to keep track of my sleeping. I’ve noticed that I’m up every morning at 4 a.m. without fail. And I’ve noticed that my stress levels are directly connected to my sleep quality.
- Be Patient. Maybe this is one of those challenges that is too big to fit into 30 Days. Maybe improving my sleep is going to take longer than just 30 Days. And quite honestly, I’m willing to give it the time it needs. Sleep is important like that.
I’m convinced that a good night’s sleep is still possible for me. I’ve made some positive changes this month, like giving up caffeine, upping my exercise amount, using some natural and homeopathic solutions, and writing down my dreams. And I think I’m closer to consistently good night’s sleep.