Ahh, sleep. How you allude me so. I crave you yet you rarely come. After I saw this book on Blogging for Books I knew I had to read it. I miss sleeping. I miss being able to just close my eyes and fall into a restful slumber until morning. Instead, I get hours of lying awake and fighting the urge to scream. With The Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington at my finger tips, I was hoping for some answers and some ideas about how to get back to my before baby sleep that I so covet.
Not only did this book delve into why we can’t sleep, but it also explains the history of sleep, how dreams play a role in our lives, and also how sleep medication is actually hindering our ability to get to sleep. That last one stunned me. I usually take sleep medicine so that I can fall asleep and stay asleep, and after reading this book I stopped taking it. The fact that sleep meds sort of force you to be unconscious, yet not put you to sleep in a natural way, was a real wake up call for me (haha), but seriously it makes sense. When you read about how sleep medication works in this book, I’m almost positive that you won’t want to take it either.
That’s all find and dandy but I really wanted some ideas about how to get to sleep from this book, and I did get it in the second part of the book. The book explains that you need a dark room, with no electronics to sleep. I get that, but I’m afraid of the dark so…next step. A cool room is desirable for sleep, yep, I get that too and we have two fans going in my room. So why can’t I sleep? Then the book talks about exercise, meditation and relaxation. All things that I don’t get to do as often as I would like. In order to feel tired you have to move your body, so exercising is a perfect component to a good nights sleep. Being a stay at home mom with a husband who works 12 hours a day, it’s hard to find time to do an actual exercise routine, that’s why I incorporate it into play. My son and I run around a lot, we also go on walks, or go to the park. Apparently that’s not enough to get a good night sleep though. Next comes the meditation and relaxation portion of the book. This is where I struggle. I have a hard time letting the day go, and just winding down. I think that if I can find time every night to just relax, maybe even meditate a little bit, then I could find that sleep that drives me up the wall. Let’s hope that that works!
I really thought this book was insightful, filled with suggestions that are doable, yet obvious. Plus, I liked that I could understand sleep a little better, and the information about sleep aids really was an eye opener. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.