It is commonly known that getting a good night’s rest is an essential part of keeping ourselves healthy.
Although, did you know that getting the proper amount of sleep allows your body and mind to rest and recharge in order to take on the next day in a state of balance?
You and sleep
I am finding that more and more women I work with come to me struggling with getting the proper amount of rest and oftentimes wake up feeling unrested and anxious. Tell if this sounds at all like you now or even in the past:
- You’ve prioritised everyone’s needs before your own and by the time your head hits the pillow you (and your nervous system) feels zonked?
- You’ve been working on a computer all day, on and off the phone, and then numb it with television at the end of the day and when you go to bed you feel wired?
- You find yourself hitting the snooze button 4 times before you finally roll out of bed feeling more drained than before you went to sleep?
- You find yourself getting into bed at a proper time but then your mind races for an hour before you can finally fall asleep?
I imagine that as you read the above statements some of them resonated more than others and I would even go as far to say that you can think back to different seasons in your life where you have struggled with sleep in different ways.
Most of these statements not only apply to sleep, but also to the way in which we care for our bodies and maintain a routine that supports our brain and nervous systems.
The Sleep Problem
The problem is, with stress, fatigue, anxiety, pain or chronic illness in the picture, getting the proper amount of sleep where we actually feel rested becomes increasingly difficult because our bodies have a hard time transitioning into the “rest and digest” state.
Turning Your Sleep Around
Through shifting our relationship with our routines and the ways in which we care for ourselves, we can achieve better sleep and in turn have more energy for ourselves and our days. Although the process requires a unique plan for you, your brain and your nervous system and a little bit of dedication thrown in there for good measure.
Tending to our needs can be difficult when we have a family, full time job, and social life… Not to mention our mental health struggles. It requires setting boundaries, implementing routines, and going within to ask ourselves what our body needs to feel nourished and cared for.
Next Sleep Steps
If this resonates with you, I would love to hear your experience with how your sleep routines have been working or not working for you.
Just send me an email at lisa at lisagumieniuk.com and let me know what has been coming up for you. If you would like to learn more about ways to improve your sleep, follow me on instagram @lisagumienuk where I will be talking about all things sleep this week.
And if you’re serious about changing your relationship with sleep, then reach out for a clarity session and we can explore how we can work together to help you achieve your sleep goals (and dreams!).
I hope you have a beautiful week and I challenge you to notice areas around your sleep routine that could use some extra love.