Since I was young, my parents always took very good care of my sleep. I had a pretty strict bedtime hour, with a casual pre-sleep routine. Friends were allowed to spend time in our place up until 7 pm, because from then on, it’s time to start getting ready to sleep. When we had sleepovers, or unusual family events (like birthday celebrations or weddings), we all took a nap during the day.
To be honest, I didn’t experience it as a good thing all the time. I remember more than a few times when I wanted to spend more time with my friends, or stay up late to watch TV with my parents. I didn’t really like napping, at all, it was one of the hardest tasks for me, a girl with so much energy and curiosity to explore and learn everything all the time.
I even remember myself growing up, and discovering that many of my classmates are doing their homework on their bed, or have a TV in their room, so they can watch it from bed.
Today, being a very busy young woman, I can’t find the words to describe the meaning of my quality of sleep. My sleeping habits are so deeply inherent, and my very basic lifetime experience shows me the importance of sleep duration and its quality.
I honestly feel like my parents gave me this gift of sleep, a gift which, apparently, is not so common. The statistics of sleep disorders, tiredness and low energy levels are clear and severe. These days I take my sleep very seriously, I take power naps almost every day, I have a very clean sleep hygiene, with zero blue light exposure in the 2 hours before bedtime, with appropriate dinner timing, and with a quiet, calming and soothing sleep environment.
And the good news? The gift of sleep is timeless.
You can choose to give it to yourself or one of your loved ones literally anytime.
Anytime is a good time to adapt your sleep environment and sleep habits into much more pro-sleep ones. Anytime is a good time to start practicing the art of napping. And anytime is a good time to prioritize your sleep, to give yourself better quality of sleep, healthier well-being and happier life.