Mama, Get Some Sleep!

Daylight Savings Time came back around. I never have understood why we switch the time twice a year. This was the one where we lost an hour of sleep and I’m over it. Waking up to my body feeling like it’s an hour earlier than the clock says, isn’t exactly my favorite. Mamas need some sleep!

Speaking of losing sleep….be kind to yourself when it comes to getting enough rest. It’s tempting to keep pushing and run on fumes, but it isn’t worth it. It will mess with your emotions, make it easier to give in to anxiety, skew your perspective and make you grouchy. 

It can even impact your immune system and affect your decision-making skills.

A few days ago I decided to lie down in the afternoon for a few minutes and woke up 2 ½ hours later. My mind and body felt so much better that I’ve been thinking about sleep and rest ever since. 

There was a time when I felt guilty if I rested, or if I went to bed with things undone. My worth was based on performance, and it was a never-ending hamster wheel. 

Eventually the wheel fell off and the hamster (me) escaped. Of COURSE performance still tries to sneak in, but it doesn’t take long to remember why it’s a trap.

Do a little inventory, especially if you’re adjusting to Daylight Savings Time or a new time zone while traveling. The “loss” of that hour might reveal an out-of-proportion sleep deficit. Maybe start your bedtime routine a half hour earlier and go from there. 

It’s definitely more of a challenge when you have babies and toddlers, especially in the postpartum months. I remember bringing everyone into one room with some toys, closing the door, making sure it was babyproofed, and lying down on the floor. I didn’t get any sleep but I did rest.

Those seasons of sleep deprivation DO affect you physically, but there was one thing that lessened the effects for me. That thing was how I chose to THINK about the situation. If I watched the clock all night and thought about how tired I was and how frustrating it was that the baby wouldn’t sleep, I felt worse physically.

Telling everyone repeatedly how much sleep I got (or didn’t get) was also unhelpful. It kept my focus on how bad I felt.

Yet when I told myself — and this really works — “I feel GREAT!” it really did make a difference in my energy level. Kinda crazy how that works.

It also helped a great deal when I would pray and ask that my sleep time would be multiplied and that two hours would feel like four. Supernatural sleep is a thing.

It’s easy to get distracted and un-intentional about our rest and sleep. Do yourself a favor. Give rest and sleep some focus for a season and see what it does for you.

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