One thing that I have been battling with since the beginning of 2018 is my family’s sleep schedule, and to top it all off it is freezing cold in Atlanta. This year has started off really shaky with so many unexpected set-backs in every direction of my life.
I really thought that I had this year in the bag, by preparing for things personally, professionally, and with my growing business at the end of the year. I had a strategic blue-print for the first few God-given months of the year all the way up to July. But, I have to remember that life happens, and just because I am prepared the rest of the world is still moving and doing it’s thing to make either good things manifest or negative ones. Also, I have to remember that just because I am a “Jesus follower,” that I am not exempt from any hardships, pain, or discomfort that may come my way on this ever-changing journey of life.
Hence, the reasons for my sleeping schedule being totally off, and having low energy during the day. Every time I think that I am moving forward, something happens to delay the life-goals that I am trying to accomplish in my week.
And Girl, I’ve been reminding myself that some of these feelings are coming from the lack of sleep, even when I feel emotionally drained, and that nothing that I am doing is bearing good fruit. I have to continue to trust and believe that all things are working for my good.
However, when you are not getting enough sleep and you are surrendering everything to caffeine in hopes that you will get that much needed boost of energy it is very hard to see a plentiful harvest.
The things that keep me going is knowing that I have to remain focused on doing better, to sleep better! I have to continue to stretch my faith, and work on creating a healthier lifestyle. I know that I am a “work in progress,” and that God is still working on me to have a better sleeping schedule.
Genesis 2:2-3 By the seventh day God had finished the work HE had been doing; so on the seventh day HE rested from all of HIS work.
8 tips for a good night’s sleep
1. Power down-Turn off cell phones, laptops, and any other devices at night.
2. Block Your Clock- If you glance at your clock several times a night or early in the morning that can make your mind race with thoughts about the day ahead, which can keep you wide awake.
Put your alarm clock in a drawer or away from your bed at night.
3.Put your neck in neutral- Sometimes it is not your fabulous pillow that you are using that makes your sleepless nights a reality! Use good posture before you go to bed, do not crane up your neck to watch television.
4. Save your bed for sleep-Your bedroom should be a place for sleep and rest. Don’t sit in bed and work, surf the internet, or watch TV.
5. Eat right at night-Don’t eat heavy foods late at night. They overload your digestive system, which affects how well you sleep. Have a light evening snack of cereal and milk or crackers and cheese instead.
6. Watch what you sip-Try not drink large amounts of water before going to bed, this will reduce the number of trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night.
7. Lower the lights- Make sure all the lights are turned off or to a very low dim in the bedroom hallways, and surrounding areas of your living space.
8. Hush the noise- All the faucets, drains, televisions, electronic items, all things should be turned off to achieve the goal of peaceful sleep.