Do you ever feel anxious, irritated, or sad when you first wake up? How about later in the day, do you find it hard to focus on a task? Do you ever notice feeling depressed for no apparent reason? What is the internal chatter like during all those moments? I’m willing to bet it’s not the most supportive, is it?
Shhh, don’t beat yourself up if it isn’t supportive. Before I dig into where I’m going with this article, I want to invite you to celebrate the fact that you are now aware of. That’s your first step to making a change.
Here’s the deal, mental and emotional challenges have so many potential sources. Trapped trauma energy, dietary choices, and stress, to name a few. I’m going to focus on one that you can control but is so often neglected. Get to it you say? Okay, it’s quality sleep.
There’s a lot on the web about how poor sleep affects one’s health. But you already knew that right? The challenge is we’ve heard all of that and still tend to push past the shortened attention span, the memory challenges, lack of energy, brain fog, and the raw feeling of exhaustion because we aren’t internalizing the long-term effects of not making quality sleep a priority. We see our end goal, we tell ourselves, “I just need a few more minutes, hours, days, months.”
When does it stop? When we have a nervous breakdown, something else implodes, or when the symptoms turn into depression or anxiety and start interfering with everyday life. Then we rush to see our doctor because we need “fixing” so we can keep pushing! And the vicious cycle of hoping for a change in an unchanged pattern continues.
When you visit your doctor and mention you’re feeling depressed or anxious, you’ll likely be offered a prescription for meds that allow you to calm your nerves, sleep more deeply, etc. The question that should be asked is, how’s your sleep?
Getting quality rest could mitigate all those symptoms. There are several keys to restorative sleep. If you find your sleep is consistently unproductive, there are a few things you can do that will set you up for success.
Improve your sleep, improve your mental health
1. Consistent nighttime routine
2. Going to bed at or within 30 min of the time you’ve designated as bedtime
3. Turning off electronics by a certain time every evening
4. Start dimming your home lights so your body’s intuition around bedtime can clearly communicate that
5. Last cup of coffee 10-12 hours before bed
6. Watch that self-talk around creating this new habit
Listen, this is a journey that starts with awareness. You’ve already taken the first step. Congratulations!
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