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Yes, Please: A Good Night’s Sleep

The other day I woke up and realized that I had just experienced one of the best night’s sleep in a long time.

IMG_5910Normally I don’t have any trouble falling or staying asleep, but lately that hasn’t been the case. Between the kittens waking up in the middle of the night, and my mind not being able to fully shut down (my thoughts have been centered on securing new housing, the possibility of a promotion or transfer at my work, and other person interests such as dating prospects), I’ve found myself waking up several times throughout the night almost every night.

When I woke up a few mornings ago feeling more rested than other recent nights, I realized that I managed to stay asleep for a solid chunk of 8 hours.

It was amazing.

I felt like I had enough energy that I could run a marathon, or at the very least tackle some of the projects sitting in limbo around my apartment, and immediately got to work.

Over the course of the day I noticed my energy levels stayed pretty consistent, and that I was able to focus and multi-task more effectively than usual. Knowing that the only thing I’d done differently was get a good night’s sleep, I tried to think of what had changed in either my sleep cycle or daily activity to give me such a restful night.

Thinking back to what I’d done the day before, the only major changes that came to mind were going on a very lengthy bike ride (about 22 miles), followed by spending time journaling my thoughts in a document on my computer instead of trying to think of something clever to blog about after a physically draining day.

Instead of crediting just one of those activities, I think it was more the combination of them that did it for me.

In an effort to continue having more restful nights, I’ve added journaling to my nightly routine, as well as trying to squeeze in some extra physical activity and wear myself out before bed. So far it’s working, and I’m one happy camper.

Sleep is important, and I really do love getting a great rest, so I’m always interested in learning new ways to “hack” my body/brain to achieve maximum sleep results.

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