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Saying YES to Sleep #GoToBed

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For many years, I viewed sleep as a luxury. I am finally now seeing it as a necessity in my life. When I was younger, I could easily give up sleep and hardly feel the effect. Now I notice a huge difference when I don’t make it a priority. I can’t function as well and I feel miserable. I’ve also learned that I can’t catch up or binge on sleep. There is no replacing the hours of rest once I’ve lost them. Because of this, I’m making a regular bedtime routine and time a bigger priority. 

Saying YES to Sleep #GoToBed

Finding that perfect balance isn’t easy. While I know I need to rest more, I also need to tackle my to do list. Thus the problem and reason I’ve so often given up rest! While I think I’m pretty good at time management, I knew there was room for improvement. I’ve been working hard to cut out tasks that are unnecessary for me to do or reassign them to someone else who could help. By realigning my goals and adding sleep to the list, I’m finally making some progress. 

My new routine is totally revamped. Previously I would fall into bed totally exhausted after having stayed up way too late. Most nights my final thought was the realization I had forgotten to brush my teeth. Because of choosing sleep, my whole routine is healthier. Now I…

  • Continue to drink water throughout the evening. 
  • I brush, floss and rinse my teeth.
  • Wash my face and apply moisturizer. 
  • Turn off the TV, music, laptop and phone — I have as little screen time the hour before bed as possible. It’s amazing how much easier it is for me to fall asleep by doing this! 
  • I enjoy reading — a REAL book — before turning out my light. Some nights, I skip reading and spend the time chatting with my husband before falling asleep. 

Because of this I have not only increased my quantity of sleep, but also the quality. 

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Layne Henderson

Layne is a boy mom in love. Surrounded by three adventurous little men, she's in pursuit of an empty laundry basket, the perfect cup of coffee, and sleep. She blogs, parents, and manages social media while wearing her tiara.