Last night I went to bed super early, about two hours earlier than my typical bed time. It was also the winter solstice, the longest night of the year. I had a long, luxurious, deep sleep. It felt great! This is the time of year, when there is less light and our bodies and brains are programmed to sleep more.
One of the most common things I see with clients, friends, and family are struggles around sleep. Not getting enough. Not being able to sleep. Not making it a priortiy. Too often sleep can seem like the least important part of the day.
Sleep is hugely important. It keeps us healthy. Protects us from colds. Gives the brain time to problem solve. Sleep helps with metabolism and stress management.
It is a good time to share this TED Talk about sleep. The speaker is Russell Foster, a circadian neuroscientist.
(Acupuncture students note what he says about learning and sleep!)
- Create a bedtime ritual
- Exercise (or not.)
- Blackout the room
There are fifteen tips and all are great for helping prioritize sleep as an important part of our lives!
This is a great time of year to sleep...so sleep up!