|The society that American’s live in today is one of the busy natures. We are told and created within this society to multi-task and to be highly productive every day. However, within this “busy” we find a stigma that comes with getting a good night of rest. We all have heard the saying, or even have said it ourselves, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”. We may also find ourselves saying, “there isn’t enough hours in the day.” We tell people we only got 3 hours of sleep, in hopes for them to bestow a badge of honor upon us. Either way we look at the excuses, this is not only a stigma being fed by our society, but also being fed by ourselves!
Lack of sleep is affecting Americans health immensely; it is making us physically and mentally sick, imbalanced and inflamed. Sleep is THE most important part of our healthcare regime.
Sleep is not selfish, it is no longer a badge of honor from our society; let’s learn to let that go. The first step to healthy, successful sleep is making sleep a priority, one of your top priorities. No more using the excuse “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”! Sleep is NOT a luxury, it is something we need to thrive and survive, it is necessary to our health and overall well-being.
In order to prioritize your sleep you must be mindful of your schedule, if your lack of sleep stems from being busy with life events, such as; a new job, a new baby, education or school, then you need to plan your sleep out. Write down in your calendar or phone what time you MUST go to bed – do a little math, plan to get those worthy 6-8 hours of sleep. However, we do know that not everything goes as planned, and teaching ourselves that is a mindful challenge. Like spending time with your family or eating a meal, prioritize, and plan your sleep schedule.
So stop putting sleep on the back burner, stop sacrificing sleep first. It’s time to realize that there is no such thing as a sleepless hero, that person simply does not exist. Finding balance within your healthy lifestyle practices is the key. Lifestyle is a delicate practice that is so easily challenged. Eat right, exercise, take time for you, and SLEEP.