Sleeping Stress Away
It’s been a tough week. Usually I’m good at keeping a positive attitude, but as little things kept piling up I felt like I was getting hit left-and-right. I face-planted at the train station. I dropped and shattered my iphone. My son caught the stomach flu. My daughter was pushed during basketball and scraped the skin right off her knee. This is all on top of the biggest problem that I can’t even mention here.
Stress and sleep have never went hand-in-hand for me. But on Day 4, 5 and 6 of the 30 Day Sleeping Challenge I was more conscious of the need to escape reality, not using vices like wine or comfort food, but through the best option – sleep.
12:15am – 7:00am (6hours 45minutes), Hit Snooze: 1x
This week I’ve been dealing with some annoying information that’s causing me a lot of stress. Usually when I have a lot on my mind, I have trouble sleeping. I will lay in bed for hours, either sulking or brainstorming solutions, usually a little bit of both. Tonight I decided to prevent a sleepless night by succumbing to my emotionally exhausted brain and shutting down early.
12:00am – 7:30am (7hours 30minutes), Hit Snooze: 0x
My little guy came home sick from school. He had a febrile seizure once when he was an infant and since then I take his fevers seriously, even a mild one. So tonight I wanted him to sleep in bed with me so I could keep an eye on him.
1:45am – 7:15am, 7:30am-9:15am, 9:30-10:30 (7hours 45minutes), Hit Snooze: 0x
In an attempt to relax and spend time together not talking about adult stuff, my husband and I decided to watch a light-hearted movie to bed. Thank you Zack Galifianakis for giving me a few laughs. I really needed them. At 7:15am my little guy snuck into my bed, and together we snoozed the rest of the morning away. When I woke up at 9:30am, everyone was still sleeping so I snuck away to the basement and watched an episode of House of Cards with my eyes closed (aka I listened to Season1 Episode11 – poor Peter. I was really rooting for him).
Since starting the Instagram account for the 30DayChallengeAccepted blog, I’ve been surfing quotes on whatever topic is on my mind. Whether that’s ‘challenges’, ‘sleep’ or ‘stress’, reading these inspiring words has helped me keep my problems in prospective. Luckily most of the issues I listed are passing, and the big one (hopefully) financially burdening only short-term. I can’t control any of it. But the one thing I can try to control is my response to it. Sleep being one of those important things.
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