Hey, everyone! Welcome back for Life List Club Friday!
Please welcome back my amazing LLC friend and co-founder, Jess Witkins! Jess is one of my favorite people…she’s funny, upbeat, and, of course, sexy, smart and lives from the heart. If you want to know more about the sexy and smart person she is, click here.
I’m getting ready to head over to Sonia Medeiros’ blog to guest post for her and Lara Schiffbauer is over at Jess’ entertaining the troops there! When you’ve finished here, get yourselves on over to Sonia’s and Jess’ and all the other writers’ blogs to see what were all buzzin’ about! You can find them listed down there in my sidebar.
Now get comfy and read what Jess has to tell you about getting your Zzzz’s.
Wake up, Jess!!! You’re on!!!
Hello Readers! Those of you who regularly read Marcia’s blog know what a phenomenal woman she is. And for those of you that are new, welcome and let me tell ya, Marcia’s amazing! It seems there is little she couldn’t accomplish if she put her mind to it, right?
One of those spectacular ideas that Marcia had was the brain baby that became the Life List Club. She read a post I wrote about some goals I wanted to accomplish before my birthday and soon after sent me an email that, in short, said this, “Hey Jess, let’s create something wonderful!”
A few more emails in the inbox and this group was formed, launched, and continues to move on to bigger and better dreams. (Thanks LARGELY in part to all our readers!!! You make it worthwhile and inspire us everyday with your comments and stories!)
I’m here today to share a little known fact about people who found new organizations though: We Rarely Sleep.
It could be the vicious villain called Daylight Savings Time that led me to believe I was so productive last summer. However, with the onset of winter and its kidnapping of the Wisconsin sun, I’ve become a cave dwelling zombie couch potato.
If I’m going to get back on track with my goal list, I needed to make a big change. Thankfully, I just read an article in NaturalHealthMagazine all about the sneaky things we think we should do before bed that actually hinder our Zzz’s. I’d like to share some of my favorite tips with you. I plan on implementing a new sleep regimen for the rest of the month to see if I can sleep sounder and wake up more refreshed.
● No Yoga Before Bedtime – It turns out that they call ‘em Sun Salutations for a reason. The stretching you do after a late night work out or before bed is a stimulus. If it’s relaxation you’re looking for, Natural Health Mag recommends lying on the floor with your lower legs up on the couch so your knees form a 90-degree angle. Put a pillow under your head and take slow, deep breaths, focusing on your breathing to clear your mind.
● Munchie Monsters Under the Bed – Late night snacks and meals can not only cause heartburn but keep you up digesting, which makes your cells focus on the food breakdown rather than spend their time regenerating and detoxifying your body naturally. And hello, it’s beauty sleep, not beauty gestation cycle!
● Forget Sheep, It’s Fish You Want – Oil, that is. What you eat does matter, and if you consume more trans fats – like the ones in those delicious cheeseburgers and fries we all crave – your brain cells have a tougher time controlling whether we’re asleep or awake. Hence the drowsiness during the day and restlessness at night! I take an Omega-3 fatty acid (fish oil capsule) before bed to give my body the good trans fat it needs to feed my neurotransmitters. Plus, taking it before bed allows routine so you don’t forget to take your vitamins! (And no fishy aftertaste to deal with!)
● If you Whistle while you Work, Relax while you Sleep – Worrying too much causes stress, and stress messes with your cortisol levels which directly impact your norepinephrine (the happiness hormone). Studies show a little focused journaling before bed can clear your mind and reduce the risk of waking up with that constant “to do” list going off all night. I also suggest ending your journaling with a gratitude list. Finishing your day with at least 5 positive things helps to promote relaxation before bedtime.
● You’re Too Sexy for Your PJs – If you’re like me, always cold, you like to crank the space heater before bed, wear socks, and snuggle up to your honey and steal all his heat. But, you’ll sleep better in a cooler environment because your body naturally drops temperature while in slumber. The National Sleep Foundation says temps above 75 degrees are disruptive to sleep, it’s best to be around 68 degrees.
● Unplug and Unwind – Just like stretching, eating and worrying, using your laptop, watching TV, and playing with your smart phone is just more stimulus that will make falling asleep difficult. The magazine referred to our society as “wake-centric” and suggested thinking of sleep instead as a getaway where something is happening, which will allow you to be more productive and present when you do awake.
So that’s what I’m working on. What keeps you up at night? What helps you sleep? Are you doing any of these activities already?
Jess Witkins claims the title Perseverance Expert. She grew up in a small Wisconsin town as the much younger youngest sibling of four, she’s witnessed the paranormal, jumped out of a plane, worked in retail, traveled to exotic locations like Italy, Ireland, and Shipshewana, Indiana, and she’s eaten bologna and lived to tell about it! She deals with it all and writes about it! Come along on her midwest adventures; Witkins promises to keep it honest and entertaining. Go ahead, SUBSCRIBE, you know you want to.
Wow! I learned a lot from this post. I eat late, am on the computer late, and I’m always too warm (turn down the heat, honey!). However, I do relax and clear my head by reading for a short time before sleep and I do take fish oil capsules. I guess these are the reasons I sleep well only half the time. Thanks, Jess, for these tips!
Share the comment luv with Jess, my friends, and I’ll see you on the blog hop!