Monday, June 20, 2016

Quality Sleep for a Quality Day

By: Amy M.

In the summer schedules often change because of school getting out and summer vacations and with that so does our sleep schedule.  I’ll be the first to admit that after school gets out that routines get lax in our house the first week or two but I’ll also admit that there can be a price to pay for that.  With no set routine and staying up late comes crankiness, a feeling of always forgetting something and just not having the best day we could have.  A good night sleep is just as important in the summer as it is any other time of year.   When you have a good night sleep you not only feel more rested , are more productive but you also think more clearly and are in a better mood which is a win for everyone.  Try to have quieter activities like reading or coloring before bedtime to start unwinding from you busy day.   Meditating before bedtime or even just quietly sitting focusing on your breathing will help you settle into a good night’s sleep.  Have a quiet zone or electronic free zone for your meditating or breathing space so nothing distracts you.  Dim or turn off the lights and just sit with your eyes closed and empty the day’s thoughts from your mind.  I’ll admit that I have a hard time settling down for the night and for me sitting quietly and focusing on my breath in a still quiet place makes for a restful sleep.   When I don’t get that unwinding time in or do a quiet activity like reading, I do notice that I’m restless and do not sleep as well.  Although it’s usually recommended to shut off your phone to relax from the day if there’s a relaxation app that plays relaxing sounds that soothes you then do what works for you.  The important thing is even on the busiest of days to get a good night sleep so you can be the best you can be for yourself and your family.

Check out the articles below on the Blackstone Library website.  They are on the Gale Database which is located on the Pathways to Success link: