Did you know that companies like Facebook and YouTube consider their #1 competitors to be our sleep?
This is scary stuff when you think that these corporations' entire mission is to stop us from engaging in a basic human function.
As humans, we need 7-8 hours of quality sleep each night so we can show up as our best; most creative, engaged and productive selves.
And nope, there is no such thing as a Sleep Bank i.e getting 5 hours a night during the week night and then compensating on weekends and catching up with 10 hours of sleep a night.
So, how much sleep are you getting, lovely?
Sleep forms an essential part of our physical self-care, which is foundation of our well-being. Think of it like a building block to establishing holistic health, happiness and radiance in all aspects of your life.
When these are out of balance they can throw everything off kilter - your mood, concentration, focus, energy levels; self-esteem and confidence.
Sleep is one of the most underrated self-care practices.
And when your life is busy and filled to the brim, sleep is often one of the things that gets cut. But this is a false economy because getting 7-8 hours a night of quality sleep provides countless benefits including:
Reducing stress and inflammation your body.
Making you more productive, creative and alert.
Improving your memory.
Helping you lose / maintain healthy weight.
Reducing your risk of depression.
Helping the body heal and repair itself.
Helping to boost your immunity; making you more resilient.
So how can you ensure you’re getting enough sleep every evening?
Cultivate an evening ritual you look forward to that supports you winding down and preparing for a restful and deeply restorative nights’ sleep.
Here are some ideas to get started...
Set a time to close down your laptop and turn off the television. If mindless scrolling and surfing the internet are costing you your sleep, it’s not worth it! Instead, be intentional about switching off your devices and start your evening ritual to prepare for a restful night’s slumber.
Make yourself a delicious cup of calming chamomile tea. Chamomile tea is warm, soothing and calming, helping to relax your mind and body, so you can unwind in preparation for sleep.
Take a warm and relaxing bath. Taking a bath with some calming essential oils like lavender, patchouli and bergamot, will leaving you feeling balanced, calm and completely at peace. Add in some epsom salts to soothe your muscles and leave you feeling deeply relaxed.
Do an evening meditation. Meditating right before sleep will help calm your mind as you drift off into a restful slumber. My favorite app to use is Insight Timer which has some wonderful sleep meditations. I especially love this one.