“I never seem to get enough sleep!”
People commonly complain, “I try to go to bed earlier, but I fail over and over again and it’s discouraging.”
Changing up an ingrained routine is a struggle, for sure. People are certainly creatures of habit. However, knowing that, if you can find the groove of a healthy habit, it’s easier!
So, how can YOU start a new habit like getting to bed earlier or getting more sleep?
Start with “WHY.”
It’s not about your lack of willpower; it’s your motivation that makes a difference.
Which of the following nine reasons to get enough sleep resonate with you?
- Sleep reduces stress
- Sleep can help you lose weight
- Sleep may help prevent chronic illness
- Sleep brings more energy to live life fully
- Sleep makes you more alert
- Sleep improves your memory, may stave off dementia
- Sleep reduces inflammation
- Sleep may reduce depression
- Sleep helps the body repair itself
These all add up to being less grouchy, more likable, in better physical shape, more fun to be around, and looking and feeling great!
Who doesn’t want all that!?
So… what’s been holding YOU back? Do you need a mindset adjustment so you can finally win this struggle?
A gentleman in his 90s admitted he has anxious feelings about sleep because he knows he may not wake up again. A mindset adjustment goes like this:
“I’ve had a wonderful life. If this is all the time I get in this world, I pray that I go while I’m sleeping!”
Another example… A 60+ woman, still working full-time in a high-intensity job said, “I’m still working long days and I need extra time unwinding at night.” Readjust to this truth:
“I’ve earned my sleep and I’ll feel more refreshed tomorrow and need less down time for relaxing if I just get enough sleep tonight.”
A neighbor told me, “I get caught up watching my television shows and next thing I know, I’ve stayed up too late.”
Here’s your reminder: Television’s blue screen (just like a computer or tablet screen) can disrupt sleep. It’s too similar to the blueish light of morning, which you might not even recognize, but that light is telling your brain that it’s time to wake up, not relax.
Go ahead, make the argument with yourself… and let yourself WIN.
Get to bed earlier if you’re not getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night!
Prove to yourself how good you can feel!
Share your answers in the comment box below…
Do you prioritize sleep?
Do you struggle with allowing yourself enough time to sleep?
What is the argument YOU need to win?