Day 8- Dara’s Life Liberated 31 Day Challenge: Sleep

Sleep- how does that affect us being liberated in our everyday life?

There are so many studies out there confirming the importance of getting a good nights rest. Can you take a guess?

Here are some:

-helps with weight loss

-plays a housekeeping role that removes toxins in your brain that build when we are awake

-helps us conserve energy

-feeds creativity (helps our brain be active and make connections)

-solidifies memory

-sleep loss and depression are connected

-can affect our hormones

Sleep isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity.

I also believe that when we are taking care of our physical body we are taking care of our mental body because we are recognizing that they are connected. We are stewards of our physical body. Being kind and considerate to our body will help us live a more harmonious and happy life.

During the past 4 years where I stayed up very late 5 days a week I was so exhausted at the end of the week that I was not able to really be all that I wanted to be for myself and my kids. I was ‘dull’, not able to be as present as I would want to be.

If you are someone who doesn’t make sleep a priority, what do you think will change for you if you did sleep more? Are you willing to experiment?

Activity

Set your alarm at a certain time every night (I have mine at 10 pm). Honour that time and go to bed consecutively for 5 nights. 

  1. How do you feel physically?
  2. How do you feel mentally? Are you frustrated that you aren’t getting as many things done as you would like? How are you speaking to yourself? Are you turning to buffers because of your frustration?
  3. After the 5 day trial, what is your overall experience? Do you like your new bedtime? Do you need to make adjustments? What changes would you like to make? How will things change?

I would love to hear what is coming up for you through these exercises.

Here is the video I made for you today- its a little bit lengthy as I have a lot of experience with living with sleep deprivation and weight loss in common (among other side affects)

https://zoom.us/rec/share/18FcBaHT8SRLcKPQy2DxapICM7X4X6a8gCUYrqcLnU0joudgNwKmoK4o8nl5J90i

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