It's safe to say that most of us operate in a sleep-deprived state of function. Often we cram too much into our days to go to bed at a decent time, or the internet robs us of time in bed. Babies and children interrupt our sleep as we stumble out of bed to feed and care for them. Whatever the reason, we go through our days yawning and wishing for a nap.
Or is it just me?
Yeah, didn't think so.
This week, we are working on creating an "Inner Sanctum" a physical retreat for ourselves in the master bedroom. In the comments yesterday, Lisa and Beth talked about preparing for rest on the Sabbath - making an intentional plan for it. I loved what they had to say, and it made me think about preparing for rest in general....each night. Perhaps the reason we don't always sleep well is because we don't make intentional plans for a good night's sleep.
Today's Small Thing is to prepare for a good night's sleep.
Don't just expect that you'll rest well when you fall into bed at midnight after an exhausting day. Here are some simple ideas to use - take one or all of them today.
- Avoid caffeine - even the hidden stimulants in iced tea and chocolate
- Don't eat a big meal before bed
- Don't watch the late news and get yourself all riled up over politics
- Give yourself some "unwind" time - read a book, take a bath etc.
- Try Chamomile tea
- Get fresh air outside during the day - take a walk if you can (sunlight increases melatonin)
- Skip late night internet surfing or TV channel surfing
- Take a bubble bath
- Make a list of tomorrow's tasks so it's on paper and not messing with your head
- Turn the room temperature down so it's cool
- Use black-out shades or dark drapes. When I really need to sleep, I throw black sheets over the windows...here are my DIY black-out shades:
These look horrid, but MY GOODNESS I sleep well when it's completely dark. Since my eyes are closed, I really don't pay attention to what they look like anyway.
- Lastly, when worries and anxieties rob you of rest, spend some time in prayer and give your troubles over to the One whose hands are big enough to hold them. "Fear not, for I am with you," says the Lord. Isaiah 41:10
How do YOU get a good night's sleep? Share your tips and strategies for preparing for rest!
Song of the Day: ShaNaNa (Goodnight Sweetheart), Rockapella