Get More Sleep

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Get more sleep and reap great benefits.

I mentioned last week my efforts to end burning the candle at both ends. I want to live a long life — and I’d like to do with my health intact.

Relaxing has been one step in the right direction. So has getting more sleep. For years I was able to function on less than 4 hours’ sleep. Yes, once you factored in the night waking of babies, etc, that’s how the minutes added up. I honestly have no idea how I survived.

Especially when I would stay up far too late, long after the family — and the nursing baby — were asleep.

Finally, under my hubby’s encouragement, I went from a 1 or 2 am bedtime to lights out at 10. Since then my babies have started to sleep through the night (mostly). While I’m now getting almost twice the sleep I once did, I still crave more.

I think I’m making up for lost time!

An earlier bedtime has provided a number of things:

  • relaxing time with my husband
  • an intentional “turn off” time for electronic devices
  • more alertness throughout the day

These benefits add more to our whole family’s quality of life.

Getting more sleep is a great way to stop and smell the roses.

The days are long, but the years are short. I don’t want to miss them! For more short and sweet ideas on how to stop and smell the roses, to enjoy the little things in life, check out my 31 Days to Smell the Roses series.

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  1. I always find I do so much better the next day when I make myself go to bed at a decent hour! It is amazing how much discipline it takes to not “do one more thing” (that often turns into 9-10) or spend “5 more minutes on-line” (that often turns into 50-60 or more minutes) and simply go to bed shortly after my 2 boys are down for the night. I’m glad you are getting more sleep and wow, I don’t think I would ever be able to function on only 4 hours a night!

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