Benefits Of Sleep

August 17, 2009 by

Here I am blowing away my 10 o’clock bedtime habit.  I did so good last night and thought I was going to make it tonight, too.  I really should get to sleep.  The kids and I are going to the state fair tomorrow.  It was supposed to be a family trip, but my husband had something come up at work that needed to be addressed tomorrow.  We are meeting my mom and my aunt there, so its not like I am going it alone.  Still, a little sleep would be nice!

Since starting my quest for the 10 o’clock bedtime, I have realized how much better my body does with just an hour of extra sleep.  I get out of bed faster and with a clearer head.  I am not wanting to take a quick nap in the middle of the afternoon.  It has made it easier to want to and make time for exercise.  That is a habit I was originally going to work on first, but I thought that sleep might be the most important new habit to work on.  Looks like getting the extra sleep might be what I needed to keep with the exercise.

Another benefit of the earlier bedtime has been the improved ability to handle stress.  I have more patience with the kids and other stuff in our lives.  Things roll off my back a little easier.  Instead of blowing up, I find myself assessing the situtation and taking care of what needs to be taken care of.

With that said….time for bed!!!  I don’t want to ruin our trip to the fair!

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