go to bed 1 hour earlier
Yesterday, I decided to go to bed one hour earlier than my regular time.
I made myself a verbena infusion for its calming properties but couldn’t fall asleep right away. So I started reading Anne Franck’s diary which I’ve already read half a dozen times. Not sure it was the best pick to quiet my mind, though….
Anyways, When I finally turned the lights off, it was past 10 PM and I couldn’t fall sleep. Probably because it was too early for me. So I took a meditation body scan break that calmed me down.
I’m really glad I went to bed early because I woke up at 3:30 AM and couldn’t go back to sleep before 4:30. Surprisingly, I was feeling great and refreshed when I woke up this morning with only 6.5 hours of sleep.
So I did some research and I found out that a study conducted by a professor of psychiatry at the University of California San Diego showed that -as far as health benefits are concerned- 8 hours isn’t the ideal: the ideal is actually 6.5 hours. Wow ! I wish I had done that in purpose to be able to praise my organizational skills !
(Thanks Maisha McAllister for the inspiration).
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Note: Posts 1-10 are relatively short.
When I started the Self-Care Journey, I didn’t know I was embarking for 365 days. I had a very vague idea of what my concept or my objectives -appart from taking care of myself- were.
I’m keeping the posts the way they were initially published so that you can witness the evolution of my journey and live the experience the way I did.
Love to all and thanks for any comments you’d like to leave.
WHY IS IT SELF-CARE? Sleeper earlier will help you get more hours of sleep and wake up restored. Or help you wake up earlier in the morning and get more things done. Both are good to take 🙂
MORE ABOUT THIS
If you go to bed earlier, and unless you’re super tired, do not expect to fall asleep right away.
Your biological clock needs a certain time to adjust and adopt new sleeping hours.
Keep that in mind.
And engage in calming activities like reading, meditating, drinking a soothing infusion…
If you can’t sleep don’t worry about it. Being in bed, resting, relaxing is self-care enough.