Just because something is essential to life doesn’t mean it comes easily.  Today, we have the sleep myth to illustrate this concept.

Similar to the hydration myth, the sleep myth challenges the concept that everyone should be a great sleeper because we need sleep to survive.  Unfortunately for a lot of us, sleep is frustratingly fleeting.  If you struggle to fall asleep, find yourself waking in the night, or just don’t have enough time for sleep, you likely know the frustration of the sleep myth.

For some people, we have family situations that make sleep elusive.  Whether it is a nursing baby or a snoring husband, those we love can be the source of our sleep troubles.  Having open communication about how your family members affect your sleep is essential so you don’t pile resentment on top of fatigue.

Other people have issues that make sleep uncomfortable.  These issues range from a physical injury or condition– even something as simple as allergies– that makes being in a lying-down position miserable.  Sleep can be an anxiety-producing situation for others, as it requires relinquishing control.

Regardless of the underlying cause, the sleep myth illustrates that this critical function is often the source of stress.  And stress certainly doesn’t make it easier to sleep!  What a vicious cycle!

Check out some of my myth-busting strategies for sleep success:

But wait….there’s more!

There’s another version of the sleep myth:

To those of you who are always trying to cram in one more thing and think that you’ll sleep when you’re dead, that’ll happen sooner than you think!  Sleep is the missing link in most people’s wellness puzzle.  If you’re one of those people who eats well (most of the time), gets regular exercise, and has plenty of quality social relationships but you’re still moody, anxious, or wondering why you can’t shift the weight….how’s your sleep?

Your body needs sleep both to repair physical damage done through a hard day’s work as well as to give your brain downtime.  The brain centers that control memory also need sleep, so if you’re feeling more brain fog than usual, check your sleep habits.

Give one or two of my better sleep strategies a try, and let me know how they work for you.

Good health and great happiness to you!