Today I woke tired.
What felt like a night full of interrupted sleep has taken it's toll.
My eyes are heavy, and I'm impatient.
"I love you, my grumpy wife" my husband says affectionately as I grumble around the kitchen.
I'm reminding myself of the benefits of a good night's sleep.
Of going to bed early.
When I sleep consistently well, my mood improves. I'm emotionally healthy; I recognise wrong thoughts or emotions and am able to pull them down, think higher thoughts.
The opposite is true when I'm tired.
My thoughts are messy, and little things are more likely to affect me emotionally.
There's not a whole lot I can do about sleep interruptions (especially of the small-human variety) but I know I need to prompt myself to go to bed earlier.
So I can accomplish everything I need to the following day, but also so I am more pleasant for my family to be around! So that I can cope!
I have lost the art of a good bed time routine lately, and it is something I need to re-learn.
Chamomile tea, a candle, reading or journalling. Lavender next to my bed.
Not tv right before bed!
Not thinking, planning, worrying*
Do you know that sleep improves concentration, mood, your decision making ability, athletic ability, health and memory?
Are you sleeping well? Do you need to remind yourself to go to bed earlier?
Do you need a reminder?
I made this tiny dream-catcher this afternoon and I would love to give it away to one of you (I wish I could make 50, for everyone!**)
Leave a comment either here if you'd like a chance, or on the FB page and I'll have one of my kiddos draw a name next Saturday.
Thankful for sweet sleep***, and an early night tonight.
* It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. Psalm 127:2
** Or you could make one! A hoop, a doily, some lengths of lace and fabric, some feathers… (if you do, I would love to see!)
*** Proverbs 3:24