Thank goodness for long weekends! During the week I find I’m always in and out the door running around after everyone and at the moment I feel like I’m on a timer trying to get everything done. So when the weekend rolls around, especially a long one, I’m definitely ready for a break from the daily routine and am in need for a recharge!
But even though taking some time out is great, like many others I’m sure, I can’t function if I don’t get enough sleep. Not only do I run out of energy but I also get extremely tired and cranky and can’t think properly, I end up forgetting things and all of a sudden everything becomes way harder than it should be.
I used to have a problem saying yes to everything but then I found my sleep suffered for it. To try and fit everything in, I started going to bed later and would have to get up earlier and before I knew it, I was driving myself and my family nuts! Of course it was impossible to keep up. Sooner or later we all run out of steam if we burn the candle at both ends.
But I discovered it wasn’t just what I was up to during the day that was affecting my sleep, it was also my night time routine that I needed to look at too.
For a while, I was watching TV for too long (which is easy to do when you’re already tired and can’t be bothered moving from the couch!) then playing on my phone right before I turned out the light at the end of the day. I soon realised that it was pointless and way too stimulating staring at a screen so I now put my phone on charge at dinner time and don’t look at it again until the morning.
I also need to wind down once the kids have all gone to bed and once I’ve brushed my teeth and washed my face I jump into bed and read for a bit. In the past I couldn’t be bothered reading but once I found a really good book, I now find it so relaxing. And if I get 7-8 hours’ sleep I’m usually pretty happy.
I think we all need to relook and adjust our sleeping habits every now and then because it can make such a difference to the way we feel and live. I’ve learnt to look after myself in order to look after others!