We all know the importance of sleep.
It is the foundation for feeling good.
We all know what it feels like to not get enough sleep.
We get grouchy.
Snap at our spouses.
Yell at our kids.
Make stupid mistakes at work.
Crave sugar and caffeine.
Eat more than usual.
It doesn’t feel good.
And research shows that not sleeping enough can lead to weight gain.
And yet, even with the best of intentions to get to bed at a reasonable hour, sleep can be elusive.
Especially as we get older.
It is rare that I meet a MamaBoss who doesn’t experience bouts of insomnia from time-to-time… or worse, regularly.
I used to suffer from insomnia.
Middle-of-the-Night (MOTN) insomnia in particular, which is when you fall asleep without issue but wake up a few hours later and can’t get back to sleep for hours.
It would be particularly bad when I was excited about a new project I was working.
I would fall asleep no problem, but then wake up a few hours later thinking about my project.
So one night when I couldn’t sleep, I read the book Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker. That book, coupled with some additional research, gave me a few tips that have solved my insomnia problem.
I no longer wake in the night.
And on the rare occasion that I do (usually after a night of celebration that included rich food and wine) I am able to fall back asleep within 30 minutes.
Here’s what I figured out.
I hope these tips help you as much as they’ve helped me.
Sweet dreams, MamaBosses.
Lia Pinelli is a weight loss coach and educator who helps women put an end to emotional overeating and lose weight, permanently.