Hey y’all, I’m about to get personal today with a topic that’s been on my mind a lot over the past year: the elusive (for some of us) and ever-important (for all of us) good night’s sleep. So let’s back up a bit. I’ve always been one of those people who barely gave sleep a second thought; for most of my life,when my head hit the pillow at night, I easily drifted into a deep slumber that lasted until morning. And like most good sleepers, I totally took it for granted.
But all of that suddenly changed about a year ago when I had a sudden, unforeseen bout of insomnia that hit me out of nowhere and left me exhausted and searching for a solution. It was especially frustrating because I had a 5-month-old who was suddenly sleeping through the night, and there I was wide awake at 2 am and panicking about how I was going to accomplish all that I needed to do the next day running on so little sleep. For me, it was a cycle of anxiety: after a couple nights having a hard time sleeping, I was so afraid that my insomnia would return that I’d lay in bed worrying about it, and (as any insomniac will tell you) there’s nothing worse for falling asleep than telling yourself that you need to fall asleep. And the day after was the worst: as much as I tried to be in a good mood, my lack of sleep made me feel dulled, anxious, and depressed.
I was desperate not to let insomnia become a lifelong struggle, so I went on a total quest for answers, talking to everyone I knew who had dealt with it in the past, reading books and articles on the topic, and seeing my doctor to talk through solutions. And you know what? I’m happy to say that for the last few months, my good sleep has totally returned, the anxiety is gone, and I’m back to waking up feeling happy, rested, and ready to take on the world. Click through the slides for the 12 effective tips I learned on my journey to getting a good night’s sleep — these really work — and I’d love to hear in the comments about any of your sleep issues or tips.