Princess and the Pea
One of the very best things about vacation is sleep. Usually, I’m the princess and the pea when it comes to sleeping away from home. Luckily, that wasn’t the case in Napa last week. I slept like a baby. I didn’t sleep for the desired eight hours, but I did sleep for at least 6 solid hours each night. At home, I rarely have six hours of uninterrupted sleep.
We returned home from vacation late Saturday night. The number one indicator that I wasn’t on vacation any longer was the sleep factor. The second I went to bed my thoughts began racing. Until, that moment I didn’t even realize that my thoughts had been quiet while on vacation.
Believe it or not I try using counting to help lure me to sleep. It helps me fall asleep, but I still wake up in the middle of the night with sporadic thoughts regarding work and other things. How do I calm those middle of the night thoughts and dreams?
The Harvard Women’s Health Watch gives us six reasons to get more sleep:
- People who sleep after learning a task perform better on later tests.
- Consistent sleep loss may cause weight gain by altering hormones which effect appitite.
- If you lose sleep, you are more likely to fall asleep during the day time while performing regular tasks such as driving.
- We are more likely to moody and irritable without sleep. ( I tend to act like a toddler who missed their nap)
- Serious lack of sleep has been shown to cause serious health problems such as elevated blood pressure.
- It can alter immune function.
I would love to hear what you do to calm your thoughts before going to sleep. Curious to see if you are getting enough sleep? Head over to the Cleveland Clinic’s website to take a Sleepiness Quiz.