On the Eighth Day of Self-Care Katie gave to me . . .
Eight hours of sleep!
I'm going to start this post off by saying, "you're welcome!" This is certainly the gift that every adult longs to find under the Christmas tree. But, honestly, is 8 hours even possible?
Yes! It is.
Reading this, you might be running on 5 hours of sleep or less . . . or maybe you're just running on coffee. I've been there more times than I can count. I can't tell you how many times I've used some variation of the phrase, "it's between _____ or sleep. ______ can't wait, so sleep will have to." But can sleep really wait?
Research shows that when we don't get enough sleep, our overall health starts to suffer. We get sick more often, our brains don't function the way they're supposed to, we gain weight, and a lot of other things we don't want, especially at the holidays. So will Christmas morning really be better if we stay up an extra hour to wrap a present perfectly, but we are sick for New Years? Will that pie really be that much more impressive if we make homemade crust, but forget to put it in the oven? Will our friends really be more impressed with our Christmas cards if we spend the extra hour finding the perfect design, but we have bags under our eyes? Whatever it is, chances are a little zzz will help, not hurt.
So here are 8 tips to 8 hours of sleep (pick 1 or 2 to try today):
I realize that life happens some nights: one kid wets the bed, another has a bad dream, the dog decides the middle of the night is the best time to bark, or you get an emergency phone call. I have a feeling though that there's at least one habit from this list that might help you get closer to your goal of eight hours. If you're current average is 5, what would it take to get to 6? Baby steps and small changes lead to big changes . . . and, in this case, more sleep! Hooray!
Happy 8th day of self-care! See you tomorrow for the 9th day!