Hey ladies! Welcome to week 3 of my series:
Mind Body Soul is a three week series where we learn tips, techniques, and points for our goal of transformation and renewal. We have three weeks to work on ourselves so we can start off feeling revived and refreshed to take on new projects, businesses, and plans that we may have in the second half of 2018 and the new school year. Ultimately our aim is to pour into ourselves, so we can better pour into others. For us women, we often put self care on the bottom of our to-do list after performing our wifey duties, taking care of our children, running our homes, being the president of the PTA, having 5 businesses and ministries, and taking over the world. No wonder we get burnt out and we are tired all the time! Self care needs to be at the top. How can we be better moms, teachers, managers, leaders, or women if we do not take care of the women in the mirror?
Today is the last day of our series: Mind, Body, and Soul. We are going to be talking about sleep.
Psalm 127:2 tells us that “It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep”. Reading closely, we find that God gives us sleep. God gives us sleep for a reason. He gives it to us so we can rest and feel rejuvenated for the next day’s work and responsibilities. God gave us a gift of slumber, and most of us are not accepting the gift. We are putting it on the shelf and only opening it until we feel burnt out, exhausted, and completely worn down. That is not how He intended it to be.
The society we live in does not care about sleep. We are conditioned to think that if we are not constantly moving around then we are not doing enough. It is a society that is so set on “Go, Go, Go!” When really, we should be telling our late activities and invites, “No, No, No!”
A good amount of sleep per night leads us to a healthier life. We know that when we stay up late, and wake up early, we feel like…so bad the next day. We are stressed out, irritated, sleepy, less productive, and overall just not as happy as we would have been if we had a nice sleep the night before. These feelings are not good to have if we want to be females of the future. Overtime, lack of sleep causes health issues; we are more likely to develop illnesses and inflammation. Lack of sleep forms dark circles under our eyes, forms depression, and some women report that they gain weight.
Sleep affects our quality of life. Good sleep improves the way our brain functions. People that have a good sleep routine, schedule, and amount of hours, are known to be more creative, have better memory, and perform better on tests and competitions. Sleep sharpens our attention, leading us to learn more and to learn better.
Us women, need our sleep. I know it is hard to put it in our schedules. We are so busy during the day, but we must make the time to rest. Jesus, who was on a boat in the middle lake when a storm was surrounding Him, was sleeping. Even during the whirlwind of work that surrounds us, we must sleep. We know that God is protecting us during our sleep. Jesus did not drown during that storm, He immediately calmed it down, and that is what He does when you are sleeping.
Now how much sleep should you get? Typically 8 hours is a good amount to aim for.
According to consumerhealthdigest.com, women need 20 more minutes of sleep than men. As ladies our brains are wired different, and we often multitask, so our brains needs to restore and repair itself during the night.
It is found that going to sleep at the same time and waking up at the same time helps with feeling great the next day instead of tired and sluggish. Some women have trouble falling asleep. I personally bought myself an oil diffuser.
This is the exact one I bought. I fill it up with water and then pour droplets of lavender. Using this before going to bed and during the night as helped me relax and sleep better. Before I go to bed, I often do five minutes of yoga and read a good, light, happy book. Some women read the Bible before bed, or some read a nice devotional. Do not read or watch anything horrific or extremely mentally stimulating before bed. That will keep your mind up. I personally write in a journal as well, just to get my last thoughts out before the day is over. This helps me get the clutter out of mind and onto paper so I am not in the dark overthinking. I used to have this problem and it affected my sleep so badly. It would take me forever to fall asleep and I would have bad dreams about my anxious thoughts and worries. A journal is amazing to keep on a table beside your bed along with a book. If you do wake up in the middle of the night, then you have a heartfelt book to read to make you sleepy again, or you can jot down an idea or worry you have on paper, then go right back to sleep.
Sleep is so important. We will be more productive, friendlier, happier, and less stressed out if we take care of ourselves and sleep! Even if we have thousands of emails to reply back to, if we have a nice amount of sleep every night and a rock solid bedtime routine, we will handle life’s tasks with grace. So now after you read this, decide what time you will be going to sleep and waking up, next make sure to pick out a candle scent or oil diffuser. Then pick out a nice book and journal and keep that next to your bed. This will put the ‘good’ in “good morning”. Have a happy and restful sleep!
-A Dear Friend