This year’s sleep day theme is “’Regular Sleep, Healthy Future”, echoing the notion that not getting enough regular sleep does deny us the possibility of embracing the future with open arms and I don’t fancy strolling to the future head down sad reeling from the effects of not getting enough regular sleep.
However, I will be dwelling on the past. Looking back on how having a regular sleep routine has contributed to building and maintaining keystone habits that I have used as pillars for my career goals.
Numerous studies and research have been done on and about sleep, I can’t possibly add anything new besides the fact that it’s scintillating experiencing what the studies have already proved, take root and shape in your own body and soul. And here is how sleep has enabled me to have those keystone habits;
Exercising improves sleep (Kline, 2014), I cherish the feeling of waking up with a high sleep score, especially having worked out the day before. So, I make sure I don’t miss a workout because I don’t want to wake up to a low sleep score that will demoralize me and the effects will trickle down to my day.
Diet affects the hormonal pathways involved in sleep (Frank & Gonzalez, 2017). Not until my Fitbit data showed a spike by 86% of my resting heart rate while asleep, did I pay heed to this research. And the correlation to waking up feeling cranky just blew me off my pillow. There are several foods that affect the quality of sleep but since I stick to a veg diet, I am well versed with the effects of coffee.
Reading results in an accidental descent into your own dreamy, fictitious world (dreams.co.uk, 2021). This was funky but I realized that I do wake up from that fictitious world more refreshed if I had read an hour before bedtime, so I kept on reading an hour to bed so that I could have a better sleep score. As well as wake up with the urge to carry on reading from where I did stop, this has helped dictate my day thus echoing Robin Sharma; “the way you begin your day sets the tone and energy for how your day unfolds.”
The major takeaway from the past year of sleep is that sleep has ingredients; exercise, healthy eating, room temperature, food, and many others. And in order to get the best of it, we have to learn to mix those ingredients appropriately and cautiously because too much or too little of them can determine the tone of our day.