Wow! 2020 is flying by!
World Sleep Day is here, and I can’t be more excited. The annual celebration hits on Friday, March 13th, this year. As always, it falls right before the Spring Vernal Equinox, which is when Spring officially begins!
As Winter winds down, we look forward to the vibrancy of Spring with great anticipation. The season brings with its new life and hope after a long Winter.
If you’ve been following along with us at GoodLifeSleep, you know we’ve been talking a lot recently about how the seasons impact our minds, bodies, and spirits. Winter is the season of death and decay, as well as the time of year for reflection and introspection. I’ve encouraged us to slow down after a busy 2019 and reset our intentions for the new decade.
For those who haven’t done so already, World Sleep Day is a great opportunity to get on track this year. It’s never too late to pursue healthier sleep rhythms in your life, no matter what is going on.
The World Sleep Society started the World Sleep Day celebration to encourage others to discuss and improve behaviours related to sleep. The organization takes a broad approach to improve sleep and pushes people to engage in healthy dialogue about sleep medicine, education, and more.
The World Sleep Society also shares information related to the negative impacts of sleep deprivation on society, as well as aims to help people manage their sleep disorders more effectively.
As a personal energy and life transformation coach who focuses on sleep, I look forward to World Sleep Day every year. And the occasion is only growing more important with time.
More people than ever are struggling to sleep well consistently. Millions suffer from sleep disorders like insomnia and sleep apnea, which are made worse by mental health challenges. Anxiety and depression are on the rise, compounding our sleep troubles even more.
We’ve got a sleep deprivation crisis on our hands! And its impact is undeniable. The global workforce is more stressed and less productive. We are having a hard time finding the right balance between working hard and protecting our health.
What I teach is rooted in the belief that sleep is the foundation of wellbeing. We have to heal our relationship with sleep at a time when sleep is considered to be the enemy.
For many of us, sleep is an obstacle to productivity. Or, it’s a sign of weakness and laziness. I talk a lot about this in my Start with Sleep course.
In reality, the opposite is true! Sleep helps us get where we want to go. Sleep enables us in so many ways to unlock the best versions of ourselves – the best friend, employee, lover, teacher, parent, student – that we can be.
If 2020 has already been a continuation of a distracted, overwhelmed, and burdened 2019, it’s time to turn the ship around. World Sleep Day may be the sign you’ve been looking for – the message from the universe telling you that you’re on the same path you’ve been on for years.
It’s the one that leads to burnout and fatigue. You never thought you’d be the one to falter or stumble, but here you are. And that’s okay! What’s important is that you are honest with yourself and that you intentionally decide it’s time to make a change.
With the power of Spring and World Sleep Day behind me, I encourage you now in three specific ways:
2020 is only getting started
Even though we’re more than two months into the new year, 2020 is just beginning. Don’t feel bad if the changes you hoped you would make by now aren’t sticking. Don’t worry if progress is slower than anticipated.
There is still plenty of time left in the year to accomplish your personal health goals, especially when it comes to sleep.
Spring is here
Despite Winter being an excellent season for personal growth, it’s not the easiest time of the year. For many, Winter is a season to endure, not enjoy. If you are one of those people, hope has arrived!
After a cold and chilly few months, Spring is ready to burst forth and push the greyness of Winter out of our lives. There isn’t a better time to reorient yourself. Take energy from the Spring season and use it to fuel your goals and ambitions.
You’re not alone
Trust me when I say this, you’re not the only one who might feel down that 2020 hasn’t yet produced the fruits you were hoping for in January. That’s why World Sleep Day exists.
Everyone around the globe needs to hear the message and good news about sleep. Healthy sleep can change your life in so many ways. It can help mend broken relationships, change your attitude about work, and enable you to thrive in entirely new ways.
Take comfort in the fact that you are apart of a much larger community – one that desires good sleep and good health just as much as you do!