This will not be the last time I say this but, there are just not enough hours in the day. We have so many goals to reach and quotas to meet that we end up letting some things go. In my case, it was sleep.
The couple of months we have been in 2017 I have continuously slept less than 5 hours or had a couple of all-nighters a week. You can’t take the next step at work without the effort and those A’s aren’t going to make themselves, amiright? and what about the dishes, the laundry, the meal planning….
So, needless to say this was a very vicious cycle of no sleep, exhaustion, and over caffeination. Is caffeination a word? Not sure, but let’s just roll with it…
This cycle eventually ended with a really grouchy version of myself (I swear she doesn’t make an appearance that often) sitting at my kitchen table studying/reading leadership material and basically in tears until my husband said, “Chy, go to bed.” I (oddly enough) didn’t argue with him even though this was only at 8:30ish p.m. I mean, who goes to bed at 8:30 p.m.? Blessed people with an awesome husband. That’s who.
The next morning I felt great and seriously rocked that day of work and school. Absolutely shocking what a full night of sleep can do. The only problem was I fell back into my old habits quickly. By quickly I mean the next night I had a monster at 9:30 p.m. and went to bed at 4 a.m…My mother would call this being a glutton for punishment.
So, resourceful as I am, I searched the web for ways to go from being a night owl to a morning bird. The thing I read over and over was, put your phone away. After some reflection I could see how this could solve about 80 of my 99 problems with having a normal sleep schedule. So, I started putting my phone across the room with my alarm set as loud as possible. This was great because I wasn’t checking Pinterest, I wasn’t playing domino’s (don’t judge my old lady indulgences) and I definitely was not reading blogs and articles on how to make myself a better wife, home maker, student, or employee. I am positive y’all know the feeling of anxiety that can cause. This is a terrible idea right before bed. Again, glutton for punishment. My Momma is a smart lady.
Lo and behold, I fell asleep much faster after forcing myself to lay down at 10:30 p.m. and felt great the next morning
This started a sleep-fueled obsession to find more ways to sleep deeper and without anxiety right before I fall asleep. Luckily, Amazon has everything I need and Prime makes it that much easier/cheaper to get it right away. So, after reading this blog regarding essential oils, I found this diffuser and this small set of oils that would allow me to try this trend out. After the first night of turning the diffuser color to red (I’m not sure why that was the most soothing color. Maybe because it was darkest?) and trying the blend of 3 drops lavender/3 drops wild orange, I was out. Now, listen y’all. When I say out, I mean my eyes were heavy in about 10 minutes and I was drooling in 15. I’m now using this mixture every night and make sure I’m in bed around 10:30 p.m. This has allowed me to add an extra 30 minutes to my morning comfortably and make my day that much more productive.
I recommend giving these two things a try and seeing how you feel. Another major item is organization. It was SO important that I find a routine so I could manage my 10:30 p.m. bed time and all of my other tasks/goals for the day. I’ll go over my routine and how I developed it in my next post.
Thank you so much for giving this a read. I hope it helps you begin to feel better throughout your day!
In the mean time, what are your favorite oil mixtures and how do you make sure you get a great night of sleep? Leave me a comment and let me know, I would love to hear from you!