I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.. you should not be proud of you are getting less than 6 hours of sleep a night.
I am always so surprised by how many people rave about how little sleep they get every night. They post pictures on the internet or on their IG stories about how little sleep they got that week.. as if it is a badge of honour. Newsflash people .. being unhealthy should not be a triumph.
I get it. You are proud of how hard you are working. But you should never be working so hard that it is jeopardizing your sleep.
Every so often is fine. I am totally writing this post right now running on 5 hours of sleep, but that is RARE. I sleep less than 9 hours a night maybe once every 3 or 4 months.
I know what you are thinking … there is no way you could sleep upwards of 9 hours a night every single night. And maybe you don’t need it! I am a rare breed of people that needs more than 8 hours a night. Maybe your job doesn’t allow for that to happen. Maybe you get home late and have to wake up early. I GET IT. But what I also know is that you could prioritize things better to make sure you are getting in the correct amount of sleep a night. We all have the same hours in our day, so how am I able to get in enough sleep but you aren’t ? Because when I am awake I work. I work hard. I’m not saying you aren’t, but I am saying you are certainly taking breaks that are unnecessary. Or maybe you have too many commitments. Maybe you are taking on way too many things and you need to cut down.
What I do know is that if you are not getting AT LEAST 6 hours of sleep a night you need to re-prioritize. Sleep and drinking water are THE most important things you can do for your health. If you can’t fit them in then you have to drop something that will allow for that to happen.
In this day in age we all pride ourselves on how much we work. We compare ourselves to others in our lives and we wear it on our sleeve when we work the hardest. But what we should actually be doing is prioritizing our health and being proud when we put THAT first.
Here are some things that I do to make sure I get enough sleep:
1) I am always in bed by 9:00. The television is off. My nightly routine is done and I am lying in bed by 9. This ensures that I will be going to sleep shortly after. This always allows for me to get at least 8 hours of sleep even if I have to wake up 5.
2) I stop working when I am tired. I work best when I am focused (like most people) and I know when my brain starts to get tired and foggy. So once I feel the fog coming on I stop. I know I will be able to get the same task done in less time once I have had some sleep.
3) I don’t scroll social media before I go to sleep. I don’t allow myself to think about what other people are doing. Once I am in bed I shut it down.
4) I have a nightly routine. I brush my teeth, floss my teeth, pee and put cream on every night. Once I complete this routine my body knows that it is time to sleep.
If you are struggling to get in the right amount of sleep for your body (at least 6 hours) I encourage you to try some of these tips! They may just change your health and your life.