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Golden Slumbers

Once there was a way, to get back homeward. Once there was a way, to get back home. Sleep, pretty darling, do not cry. And I will sing a lullaby.- Paul McCartney & John Lennon

I just woke up from a really good night’s sleep. When I looked at the clock it said 7:17. That’s about right. No alarm except for the internal one that said “it’s time to wake up.” Through the years I’ve noticed that left to my own I usually wake up naturally somewhere between 7-7:30 am. That’s if I’ve gone to bed at a “decent hour”, which for me is somewhere around 10 pm. Most folks consider themselves to be either a “morning lark”, or a “night owl.” I am the former. Turns out that there is a reason for this. It’s called chronotype and it’s your bodies own natural rhythm. But even as the saying goes, “early to bed, early to rise, makes a man, healthy, wealthy and wise”, goes, as with everything, we are individuals and we all have our internal chronotype.

Sleep is one of The Four Seeds of Self-Care because sleeping well is vital to our overall health and well-being. While we are asleep our brain is busy removing toxins, creating and maintaining new pathways in our brains that are crucial for learning and creating new memories. Scientists are making new discoveries about what happens during sleep, but there is still much to learn. So, what can we do to make sure we get enough quality sleep? And how much do we actually need?

I’ve found several things to be helpful in my journey to better sleep. Here are my top five:

Set a consistent sleep schedule.

Create a bedtime routine.

Make your bedroom a sleep sanctuary.

Make sure your bed and bedding are comfortable.

Make exercise part of your daily routine (another one of The Four Seeds.)