Sleeping is Part of Self-Care

When I get busy sleeping is the first thing I give up.

Like can these days not be a bit longer so I can work 20 hours and then sleep 12 hours!?

Sleeping has always been a struggle for me and I haven’t really appreciated it. Until you lack sleep, of course.

But it still just turns into a vicious cycle. Sleeping to little. Fixing it by sleeping in. Then not being able to fall asleep the next evening because you slept until lunchtime. Getting too tired again, as you weren’t able to sleep the night before and having a whole busy week ahead of you. Collecting “sleep dept” – the term where you believe that you will just sleep a little less for a few days, and then sleep enough on the weekend instead. Which of course never happens, because then you stay up way to late and sleep in and still don’t get enough sleep.

As you can see I am getting quite bitter about this.

Some nights I will be too tired to fall asleep. What the hell is that even?

But I know what the source of it is.

It’s my belief.

I see sleep as something I need to do, not something I want to do. Sure, sleeping is nice, but I used to dream about all the stuff I could do instead of sleeping – if I could just stay awake 24/7 and never get tired!

So yes, that is my barrier – the mindset.

I don’t see my sleep as important as it actually is. And I do not see it as a way of caring for myself.

But it is! Sleep is perhaps the most important part of caring for yourself. Sleep is where you nourish yourself, where you rest your body and connect with your soul, your inner wisdom, your god (or at least I find that to be a pretty badass theory!). Sleep lays the foundation for your day to come, and it affects every moment of your life.

We at least sleep about one third of our whole life. So it must be something extremely important – or we would have evolved out of it!

Sleeping is where we sort through our new information and emotions, with crazy interesting dreams.

So repeat after me – SLEEP IS IMPORTANT!

From now on I will (try my very best) and prioritize my sleep. Because that is how I care about every part of my being – how I show myself how much I am loved.

Because we all know – the to do list won’t be any shorter for tomorrow. And having a good night sleep will only help us get through this amazing life.

Sleep tight my love – and may you wake up refreshed tomorrow.

Feel how good it makes you feel.

Yogis, how do you keep up with sleep when you get busy? Tell us below!

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    March 21, 2017 at 5:39 am

    You are so right, darling! ? Sleep is the primary self care thing! When it comes to me, I’ve developed a steady sleep rhythm, where my body needs 8 hours of sleep a night and I go to bed and wake up at the same time every day! Weekends included! ? Actually my body wakes me up in the morning without any alarm clocks!!! And I listen to my body in the evening , when it tells me: go to bed! I do that! ? That’s how I keep my optimal energy levels through out the day and life feels just so much better! ???

    1. Pála Margrét

      Pála Margrét

      March 31, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      That sounds so perfect! Living my goal woman! However, I have achieved to wake up before 6 am without an alarm, now it´s just making this a habit 🙂

  2. Amanda Sides

    Amanda Sides

    March 21, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Sleep is so important! I’ve never been one to sacrifice much of it. Even in college, never–actually never–stayed up all night or what you could even call “late” in order to study. I managed my time in a way that included an appropriate amount of sleep. Now, there was one year in there that I was getting up at 5:30 to teach morning fitness classes and staying up until midnight to go to theatre rehearsal and then rehearse class projects after that….I don’t think I could manage that anymore. 🙂 I don’t always feel well-rested when I wake up, and sometimes I do have to get up early than I wish I did, but overall sleep gets some pretty serious priority in my life 🙂

    1. Pála Margrét

      Pála Margrét

      March 31, 2017 at 7:57 pm

      Check out 🙂 It calculates your sleep cicles and tells your optimal time to wake up 🙂 Has transformed the way I view sleep, and now I´m always better rested, even though I only sleep 6 hours 🙂

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    Alex Edwards

    March 21, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    I’m just like Amanda! When I was in school and people were pulling all-nighters I just couldn’t. Sleep is pretty much tops for me too; I am just not functional without plenty of it.

    1. Pála Margrét

      Pála Margrét

      March 31, 2017 at 7:58 pm

      I am the same actually! All-nighters are not my thing! 🙂

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