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Sleep Management Tips

February 17, 2016
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One of the questions I have been asked in various forms is how do I manage my sleep? This is something that has taken a while for me to get in the habit of.  Hopefully I can share some insight on the sleep management tips and strategies that work for me.

First, It’s important to me to get between 7-8 hours of sleep a night. I notice with any more or less sleep, I have less energy and don’t feel my best.  The time I go to sleep each night depends on what my morning workout is and how much time I need. I change my alarms every day, but it helps maximize my time. If I can get an extra 15 minutes of sleep, I’ll take it!

I am a planner.  I talked about this a little in this post. I try to plan out my afternoons at least a day or two ahead (or more), so that I can make the most of my time at home and with Colton.  This means, I know exactly what I am going to do after work almost every day.  Of course there are days when things come up that I can’t control, or I spontaneously decide to do something, but most days, I plan.

A sample weekday afternoon:

4:15-5:00- afternoon workout

5:00-5:15- shower, get in comfy clothes

5:15-5:45- make dinner

5:45-6:15- eat/clean up dinner

6:15-6:45- straighten up/plan for tomorrow

6:45-9:00- free time (blog/social media/TV/movies/etc.) usually this is time spent with Colton. Either we are spending intentional time together or sitting together watching TV working on our computers together).

9:00-10:00- prepare for bed. Ideally I am asleep by 9:45. I try to go by the rule of no electronics/bright screens right before bed.  This is my journal/prayer/Bible/ quiet time.

A good mattress is key! Spend your money on a good, comfy mattress. We have a King Koil Enclave. I promise this makes a big difference.

When my room is clean, I sleep better.  Decluttering is an important part of my daily routine. I even spray my pillows with pillow mist. To be honest, I use the lotions and bath oils too. It is probably all psychological but I do sleep better with these scents.

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Although this is my typical sleep management routine, it is not every night.  There are nights I stay up “way past my bedtime.”, I saw the “midnight” (sometimes 8:00 the night before) showing of every Hunger Games movie. This year, I have tickets to all Dallas Summer Musicals and I don’t get home until almost 11 pm. Since Colton and I are in the wedding industry, we have the privilege of attending really amazing parties.  Unfortunately, these parties are always on week nights because we ding industry friends work on the weekends. Once a month a group of friends and I have ladies’ nights, and sometimes we spend so much time laughing and talking we lose track of time.

Yes, there are several reasons I stay up past my bedtime and not stick with my typical schedule. However, I have also had to learn how to say no. I can’t do everything, and I have to weigh out my options. I can’t say yes to everything, and unfortunately this means sometimes Colton goes to concerts by himself or takes a friend. On the other hand, I can’t be so strict that I don’t allow myself  any leeway at all.

Sleep Management Strategies Summarized:

  1. Get 7-8 hours of sleep
  2. Plan
  3. Good mattress
  4. Declutter
  5. Say no

Hopefully these sleep management tips have been helpful. I would love to hear what you do to help you get a good nights’ sleep or if you tried any of these.

For more information about sleep, why it’s important and how it affects you, check out this article.

Top photo by Tyler+Lindsey Photography

 

16 Comments

  • Reply Mai Lyn February 17, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Great post. Im doing better about going to bed earlier. Im also a planner and will plan out my workouts two weeks in advance. Im less likely to miss out when it’s in the calendar.

    I love the idea of using pillow mist and scents. Will have to try that!

    • Reply Jessica February 17, 2016 at 1:16 pm

      That’s awesome, girl! The pillow mists/scents make me feel like I am at a spa, so it helps me relax. 🙂

  • Reply Kendra Taylor February 17, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Love that you’re a planner…I totally am too! And sleep is high on my priority list hehe I’m usually in bed by 9:30pm/

    • Reply Jessica February 17, 2016 at 1:16 pm

      Me too! I am “grandma Jess” during the school year, but I am well rested.

  • Reply Brittany February 17, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Love this! I am such a planner and I also use the “sleep” spray and swear by it! Once, I ran out and tossed a day turned all night although I’m pretty sure it was all in my head! Lol

    • Reply Jessica February 17, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      Haha. I agree. I know it is all psychological, but hey! whatever works. 🙂

  • Reply Joua February 17, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    I try to go to bed by 10:30 but end up falling asleep at 11 p.m. Thanks for sharing dear!
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    • Reply Jessica February 17, 2016 at 5:53 pm

      Yeah. It sometimes takes me a few minutes to go to sleep, but not having screens has been helpful. 🙂

  • Reply dixya @ food, pleasure, and health February 17, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    i think decluttering really helps me…additionally, i try not to be in on my phone/ipad once im in bed.

    • Reply Jessica February 18, 2016 at 9:25 am

      🙂 thank you for your response!

  • Reply Jessica February 18, 2016 at 8:55 am

    GREAT tips!! Sleep is so so important for overall health and wellness

    • Reply Jessica February 18, 2016 at 5:04 pm

      Thanks, dear! I completely agree. 🙂

  • Reply Allie February 18, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Great tips! I love seeing your schedule listed out. Oh to be asleep by 10pm. I need to do this, but 10 rolls around, and I’m like, “Oh just one more thing…”, and it’s usually midnight before I quit, 11:30 if I’m lucky.

    • Reply Jessica February 18, 2016 at 9:57 am

      Thanks, girl! Haha. Totally understand. It’s hard, and my schedule is totally different in the summer, but feeling rested and energized is very important to me.

  • Reply Kimberly February 19, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Awesome! Thanks for talking about this! Saying no is the hardest thing for me so far 0.0 This is great 🙂 Thank you!

    • Reply Jessica February 20, 2016 at 9:14 am

      Of course! It drives Colton crazy because usually it’s saying no to a concert, but sleep is detrimental to good health. Glad you enjoyed it!! 🙂

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