Ever have that moment – as an event, presentation or even vacation approaches, the anticipation builds? You’ve been waiting. Planning. Envisioning. You-are-excited!
So excited you can’t sleep!
Paradoxically, that’s how I feel as the Montauk Sleepscape Retreat approaches. Yes, I am co-leading a retreat on getting quality sleep and its impacting my sleep.
It’s not that I can’t sleep. I’m just going to sleep way too late, while my early morning wake-up schedule hasn’t changed. When the husband’s away, the night owl will play, and that’s me. When he’s on the road working (like he is now), my bedtime creeps later and later and the next thing you know I’m not hitting the hay until the wee hours of the morning.
Couple that with my drive and desire to make the upcoming retreat the best experience ever for the attendees, and 6-hour max sleep cycles ensue. Sound familiar?
There can be many challenges with sticking to a regular “lights out” ritual:
- The aforementioned excitement
- Evening plans
- Binge (or mindless) screen-watching
- Web surfing and/or social media black holes
- (insert your typical reason here)
At what cost? Yes, it may not seem like it, but every time you skimp on sleep you make a deposit in the “risky decision” account. Scientifically proven risks like:
- Throwing off your circadian rhythm, leading to insomnia
- Accidents caused by drowsiness
- Decreased anti-bodies leading to reduced immunity function
- Increased likelihood of cardiovascular events and disease
- Weight gain or obesity
- Poor judgement and performance
Why risk it?
Take a moment right now to consider the ideal time for you to turn actually go to sleep nightly.
Back into it based on your morning and early evening schedule and responsibilities.
Now that you’ve pinpointed an ideal bedtime, make a concerted effort to ritualize it M-F (ideally you would go to bed at the same time every night, but small changes, right?).
It will not happen overnight and takes planning so it's important to put strategies in place to make you more likely to stick with this new nightly commitment. Timing of dinner, exercise and the layout of your bedroom will all influence whether you can stick to it.
Are you worth the effort to make quality sleep a reality? I say “yes” and implore you to give it a shot for just one week and note any observations you see.
Of course, if you want to experience what’s been keeping me up at night, today is the last day to sign up for the Montauk Sleepscape Retreat, which promises to be a unique and life-changing experience. Email me for special “Tuesdays with MOJO” pricing!
Either way, I look forward to hearing how your new bedtime works out. Sweet dreams!
Marjorie, Chief MOJO Maker™
No plans this weekend?
Join us for the Montauk Sleepscape Retreat, May 3-6 – Ocean air, beachfront accommodations, yoga, meditation, great food, sunset boat cruise, techniques for getting quality sleep, and 1:1 health coaching.