Did you know that March is Sleep Awareness Month? I had no idea before receiving Tuft & Needle’s challenge to get 8 hours of sleep. “Perfect timing,” I thought– as I’ve been wanting to get more rest but found myself up in the middle of the night working on a project, listening to podcasts or scrolling pages of the internet. If you didn’t know already, I’m a mom – I balance multiple tasks during the day while taking care of my 1-year-old. My son sleeps around 6-7pm. I can complete projects, without any interruptions, once my little guy is fast asleep. In an effort to be productive I’d stay up later than planned. Okay, so- lets fast forward to the sleep challenge:
Fortunately my son sleeps through the night, after he gets his late night milk – so I knew that it was possible for me to get 8 hours of sleep. I’d just have to commit to going to bed by 12am ( 10:30pm is my hope after completing this entry). Once Kai went to sleep my husband and I watched our fav show, World of Dance, ate dinner and talked. Kai woke up because he wanted his milkshake, I listened to a few podcasts, showered then just before 12am I hopped on my Tuft & Needle Mattress (which is the perfect balance of soft and firm).
The sun danced on my face, and the sounds of my son filled the space. Our human alarm clock alerted us that it’s 8:30 am — time to wake up, change his diapers, read his favorite books and prepare his breakfast.
Getting 8 hours of sleep helped me to be a more present mom and wife. Unlike most days with less sleep, after 8 hours of sleep, I did not sluggishly peel my body out of the bed. Today I jumped up, greeted Kai with a smile and had a song in my heart. Though Tuft & Needle’s sheets feel gentle on my skin, and their comfy 10inch adaptive foam mattress helps me sleep cool-I was looking forward to starting my day.
I realized how much more productive I was throughout the day. I prepped meals for my toddler, organized my room, did ‘school’ activities with Kai, worked on a collaborative project with my husband etc. I procrastinated less after sleeping for 8 hours because I felt more motivated and had more clarity.
I will try my absolute best to get 8 hours of sleep, especially after sitting down and reflecting on the positive changes that I experienced physically and mentally. I really want to be the best version of myself, and getting rest plays a major role in my journey. I know that it can be challenging to get 8 hours of sleep when you work late, have school projects, a big exam coming up, take care of kids etc but aim to get 8 hours of sleep whenever possible. Your body and mind will thank you!
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How many hours of sleep do you usually get? What is holding you back from 8 hours of rest?
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