'Somebody help me sleep!' How many of us have said that lying awake for hours on end, head buzzing, body rigid, overstimulated and exhausted?
There have been many articles written about sleep and how to get good quality sleep. Myself I can turn into a zombie if I have less than 10 hours sleep in two days. I'm strictly an 8 hours per night kind of gal. Overseas trips are an absolute nightmare for me. At the moment with a toddler living in the house and a slightly stressed hubby who isn't sleeping well either, I'm a little sleep challenged some days.
I came across a Facebook discussion about lack of sleep with well over 100 comments on it. I was absolutely gobsmacked at the small amount of sleep some of the women were having and the effects it was having on them and their families. Many of them were working full time and trying to build a business in the evenings and 3 pm bedtimes were not uncommon. Sadly it is a sign of our times that we have to work so damn hard to produce two incomes and many of these women have chosen to build a business for the flexibility it also gave them with childcare.
One of the really concerning things was the number of times I saw the words sleep deprivation, burnout, adrenal burnout and auto-immune disease. It was scary! It was not good! With both my husband and I experiencing adrenal burnout and depression between us, my heart went out to these women who were giving up much and putting their health at risk to create a better life for their families and a sense of fulfillment for themselves.
I went through all of those comments and pulled out the solutions these real women had found worked for them. So here's the list. It is of course only some of the things that work for others.
You may have your own solutions.
In terms of your 'work', scheduling and self care, they had these solutions:
I want to comment briefly on this last one. There were about four women who with their partners, had opted to trim their lifestyle to fit one or one and a half incomes. They had counted the cost and found it too high.There is so much pressure to have the latest thing, the latest toys, the travel, the big family holidays, the nice new house and up to date furniture, and the kids attending an after-school activity every day. There are many subtle messages out there that tell us what success looks like.
I'm going to ask a quite blunt question now? Are you killing yourself with overwork and lack of sleep to pay luxury bills? If you had cheaper holidays, no Netflix, no Skye, a smaller phone, a second hand car, a second hand house how much less pressure would that be financially and on the need to work long hours. Please don't get offended, I'm well aware that many of us have to work to make ends meet. But let's ask ourselves what 'ends' are we trying to make meet?
There is a place in God called His Rest - it is a place of peace and rest even when we are busy and have a lot to do. It is a place of relying on Him to guide you through your day, tell you when you need to change your schedules, drop things, come aside and pray, take some time out. God's Sons are coming to that place where we are not limited by the constraints of natural time, but there is a supernatural provision and place where we achieve more than natural time allows. It's a good idea to check we are not striving, going after someone else's expectations of us, building something God didn't ask us to build. I've been there and done that, and although God doesn't waste anything, it can be very hard work in that place.
Your health and family are important and as women we push on and push through and pay the price - that's what we do. In the long run though that price can be horrendous. So please take care of yourself. Please try and get us much sleep as you need. Make the changes you need to. Reprioritise the things you do and the things you are working towards if you have to. Your kids will be happier with a less stressed mum. Perhaps you have been through this and have some tips to share with us. I'd love it if you would pop them in a comment below.