Anyone else have problems with insomnia?
For the past couple of years, I swear I have become the queen of not being able to sleep. It has been everything from the husband snoring, to the dishwasher running, to being worried about baby, money, work, family, etc. You name it, I was up because of it. Oh, stress you are not welcome.
All of this does not help because I am a night owl by nature. For awhile I started staying up until 3 a.m., which turned into 4 a.m., and then turned into 5 a.m. Before I had Henry, I was getting up about 1 p.m. when I didn't have work or anywhere else to go. It was obviously not very productive and a very bad bump in the road.
In an effort to be more productive during the day, I want to eventually want to get my sleeping to be from 10:30 p.m.-7:30 a.m. (I totally need an hour longer!). I'm not there yet but here's a little trick I read about that actually works!
It's called the 4-7-8 ritual. First, you take a deep breath while counting to four. Then, hold your breath while counting to seven. Last, let it out while counting to eight.
Seriously, it's that easy! I've been doing this for over a week now and it has been amazing.
Here's why I think it works: When we're stressed our breathing is terrible. With stress, we take shorter breaths and our body is all cramped up and tight. This method allows us to change our tight breathing and to calm down to get to the level of the way our bodies should breathe while sleeping.
Now, the other part to this? Make sure your bedroom is a place to sleep and ready for you to relax.
Sleep tight tonight! xo