Let’s just go ahead and get this out of the way right off the bat. No, I don’t get enough sleep. And I’ll bet I’m not alone. What about you? Do YOU get enough sleep?
They say admitting your problem is the first step, right?
I’m tired of being tired and am determined to do something about it. I’ve been researching sleep and what I’ve discovered has astounded me. It probably shouldn’t have come as such a shock considering my background as a registered nurse. On the other hand, medical professionals are often terrible at taking care of themselves. During my time as a hospice nurse back in the mid-90s, my “breakfast” consisted of a diet pill, THREE Advil tablets (because the diet pills gave me headaches) and a 32 ounce Diet Coke with vanilla syrup. Impressive, huh?
The onset of life-threatening asthma and allergies, along with the meds required to keep me alive, meant an end to the diet pills and Advil. I finally broke the Diet Coke habit a few years ago. My diet is a LOT better these days and overall, I am healthier.
But sleep issues continue to plague me. As a kid I was neither a night owl nor a “lark”. I would say I was pretty average in my sleep patterns, although I’ve always been a very, very light sleeper.
Then I worked the 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. shift at the hospital and that was the beginning of my night owl tendencies. By the time I got home and was able to wind down after a shift, it would be well after midnight before I fell asleep. I was then up early to get the kids ready and drive them to school. I learned to take 20 minute power naps shortly before going to work.
When I moved from the 3-11 shift at the hospital to full time hours as a hospice nurse that should have improved my sleep habits. But a combination of diet pills and an extremely stressful job just made everything worse. I haven’t slept well since.
So, enough of my personal story.
I’m sharing this because I know I’m not the only one struggling with sleep issues. Let’s take a look at sleep and why it’s important.
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And that’s just a teeny, tiny sampling of the information that’s out there. But what do we do with this knowledge? If, like me, you tend to be sleep-deprived, the first thing you have to do is make the decision to begin addressing the problem. In my case, the causes are multi-faceted but the first thing I have to do is change my mindset.
- I never feel like I have enough time in the day for all I want to do.
- I enjoy the late evening hours.
- I hate missing out on things.
If any of that resonates with you then I think you will appreciate these videos:
I’ve recently discovered a YouTube channel I love – Chelsea Dinen. Her intentional lifestyle is hugely appealing to me and I’ve been enjoying her videos about hygge, morning routines, simplicity, etc. Then I watched this one and knew it was time to seriously address my sleep problems.
I signed up for her free challenge and joined the associated Facebook group. I am hopeful that this will be the beginning of a better sleep pattern for me. Here’s another video by Chelsea which I found very helpful:
Now, I’m going to be perfectly honest with you. I have NO intentions of making 5 a.m. my wakeup time. Our lifestyle just absolutely wouldn’t work with 9 p.m. bedtimes. But if I could be asleep by around 11 p.m. and awake, feeling rested, by 7 a.m. my life would be drastically changed for the better. David and I often joke that if we were well-rested we’d be dangerous. Who knows what crazy schemes we’d come up with…and implement…if we weren’t so tired all the time? I’m willing to chance it, though.
My purpose in improving my sleep habits is better health. While sleep is the focus of this particular post, it’s just one part of the whole picture. Nutrition, hydration, fitness, self-care, and attitude are also vital components. That’s why I’m so excited to share this with you:
15 Days to a Healthier You
If you’ve followed me very long you’ll know how I feel about Crystal Paine’s courses. I’ve personally purchased all of them and highly recommend them. Each one is extremely high quality, very helpful and worth every penny. Once you buy, they are yours forever so you can go back through them again and again. (Please tell me I’m not the only one who needs repeated attempts before I make permanent changes in my life.)
In January, Crystal launched “15 Days to a Healthier You” as a live video series on Facebook . She shared her own story of rebuilding her health. I have several health issues I need to address so this was right up my alley. After watching the videos each day I began to make a few needed shifts in my life. Baby steps, to be sure, but that’s where it usually starts.
Then our pace picked up to a ridiculous level with all the outdoor music events we hosted (monthly music and food truck events, weekly music in the park, a HUGE festival, not to mention the 3-day private festival we host at our home each year). To say I’ve been burning the candle at both ends would be an understatement.
So I was thrilled when Crystal announced the re-launch of her 15 Days to a Healthier You course. It’s been completely redesigned with new videos and is hosted on her new course platform rather than Facebook. I purchased it last night (it was offered early to a select group before today’s official launch) and can’t wait to go through this new, improved version.
When you purchase this 15-day course, you’ll get immediate access to …
- 15 daily videos lessons — one for each day of the course.
- Daily projects to help you on your own journey to live a healthier life.
- Some of Crystal’s favorite recommended resources (links, books, podcasts) to go along with each day’s lesson.
- A PDF workbook including the entire course lessons that you can download and print.
- Access to the 15 Days to a Healthier You Facebook group!
- BONUS access to the original 15 Days to a Healthier You video series!
AND if you buy it today (November 8th) it’s only $5. The price will likely never be this low again, so you won’t want to miss out on this deal! Tomorrow (November 9th), the price goes up to $10. And then on Friday, the price bumps up to the regular price of $15, which is still a really good price (a dollar a day) but why not take advantage of this $5 deal?
If better health is a goal for you I’d love to have you join me (and all the other folks) taking this course. In addition to the 15 Days to a Healthier You Facebook group associated with the course, you are also invited to join my “Make Over Your Life With Dee” Facebook group where I’ll be going through the course soon. I’ll share a basic overview of the course topics and invite members to delve deeper with me.
The holidays are upon us and for so many of us that means added busy-ness and stress. That means this is an excellent time to make our health a priority. Let’s all commit to taking better care of ourselves in the remaining weeks of 2017 and then start 2018 with renewed health, energy and purpose!