I have always loved sleep. Not in a ‘My parents could never get me out of bed’ way. Rather a ‘I had a good day and now I get to recharge’ way. I was raised with a bedtime and was often the first to leave a college party so I could get some rest. Marriage and kids? I would NOT let that get in my way! We started our kids on a sleep schedule right away. They were all consistently sleeping through the night between 3 & 6 months old! I assumed this was simply my “thing” and it didn’t really matter. Then…
I took the Whitney’s Kitchen foundations course.
Most of us know that children NEED sleep. It is when they do their growing. We stress to them about the need to recharge their mind and bodies, but what about us adults? Why do we think it is okay to burn the candle at both ends?
Did you know sleep directly affects your memory? Sleep helps consolidate your memory for future use. Less sleep and you are more apt to forget, as well as impairing your ability to focus. Did you also know that while you sleep your blood pressure drops, your muscles relax, tissue/cell repair happens & of course… you restore your energy?
One of the first things we learn at Whitney’s Kitchen is the importance of our evening routine. For many of us, this routine directly affects our ability to get a good nights sleep. If you have your prep for the next day ready, you can lay down without having to mentally plan your morning. We ALL know it is that mental planning that often keeps us up all night! Taking a few extra minutes before you lay down could make a huge difference in your sleep.
Many people wonder how my husband and I sleep so easily. This could be why:
Have an evening routine. Pack lunches, have clothes ready, alarms set. We’ve been doing this for years. Little did I know it would be part of the Whitney’s Kitchen philosophy!
Have a bedtime. Yes, even as an adult. The national recommendation is 7-8 hours for an adult. My husband and I lay down by 10 pm and are up between 5 & 6 am.
Keep the television out of the bedroom (or at least off!) during bedtime.
Keep the phones out of the bedroom. We have a no cell phone policy in our room.
Should you wish to take 1 extra step, there is a lot of research suggesting you sleep best when you sleep naked. It assists in lowering your blood pressure, lowers your body temperature (which helps burn calories) & helps control your cortisol levels. If you are sleeping next to your beloved… Well, skin-to-skin contact is one of the best things you can do for your relationship.
So, start that evening routine folks and…
Get Some Sleep!!