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I have had a hard time sleeping since September and it’s now almost mid November. And while I definitely have been getting more sleep than I was getting, I’m pretty sure I’m still in the “sleep deprived” category, because it takes a little while for your body to normalize and absorb the rest it needs. I’ve been needing to get healthier in my sleep and life habits, so it’s been on my mind a lot as I’ve been praying about a solution.
I’d say it’s been about 2 months of praying, crying, pondering, and surviving this strange season that ironically I remember going through last year at the exact same time. Thankfully I have seen a light at the end of this long tunnel lately.
Just last week I was telling my husband that I had been praying and I saw a picture of a digital clock with the time 5:30 a.m. on it. And I felt like God was telling me that He’d like me to get up at that time normally. I didn’t take it very seriously because I had been so sleep deprived it just seemed ridiculous. But then I thought out of sheer curiosity, what time would I have to go to sleep in order to actually get up at 5:30 a.m. and feel rested? If I could sleep as long as I wanted uninterrupted, and peacefully, how much sleep would I want? What amount of sleep did I think I’d need in order to feel good, and not like the cranky mess I was sick of fighting off? Probably about 8 hours I thought. So I figured I’d need to go to bed between 10 and 11pm.
When I told this to my husband he said he felt it was confirmation of what he had felt like God had been leading him to recently also. So we agreed to try to start working toward that as our goal.
So this past week we’ve been putting the children to bed around 8pm, which seems really super early to me. But by the time my husband and I have them get their pajamas on, brush their teeth, read them a story, then tuck them in with a kiss and a prayer. It’s usually close to 8:30 or 9 p.m. Afterwards this has given me time to do a few things that are still on my mind before bed: usually play my guitar, mess with my blog, or read.
The 1st couple of nights were rough and it seemed like a lot of resistance came up against us. The not yet 2 year old woke us both up multiple times throwing a fit, and banging her crib against the wall. But we after putting her back to bed 3 times the first night, we pushed through it and got up early, working out in the morning, and getting a jump start on the day that we normally didn’t have. It was great, but I was even more exhausted than usual. And my face looked horrible! My complexion was hideous. I was looking rough, really really rough. I put on extra makeup.
Last night though, I made myself get to bed by 11:30 pm. And though I did have to go put my toddler back to sleep around 3 a.m. because she was throwing a fit; I slept in till 7 a.m. And I felt pretty good. I was astonished to look in the mirror and see my complexion look clearer and healthier than it has in MONTHS! Amazing what more sleep can do for you. If I can just get myself to go to sleep at 10 or 10:30 pm, I know it will be life changing for me in my health and productivity.
One of the things that I’ve been coming across over and over lately is a course that I had purchased and started, but had forgotten to finish called “Make Over Your Mornings” by Crystal Paine of MoneySavingMom.com. I felt like the Lord was gently reminding me that it was a resource that I needed to return to.
I bought her book Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, and a course called Grocery University several years back and have really been inspired and encouraged by her and her website for years now. Since then she’s released a course based on the book, called “Say Goodbye To Survival Mode“. As I was restarting the “Make Over Your Mornings” course I noticed that she was just about to release a new course called “15 Days to a Healthier You“. The promotional sale price was amazing at $5! I couldn’t pass it up. This price is only for the 1st 24 hours of November 8th). Then it goes to $10 for Thursday, and on Friday the price goes to the regular price of $15. Which is still a really great price for a video course with a printable workbook.
I had noticed that this last year Crystal had mentioned that she had given up coffee and was resting more and doing less, yet was still super productive and active. She just seemed happier, and I was wondering what all she had done to make such a difference. So now I get to find out with her new course. And for me, the timing is perfect.
You can find links to courses I’ve purchased and recommend from Crystal Paine here: