For many years, I have had problems sleeping. Turns out that all the stressful years managing the accounting firm had the effect of putting my cortisol levels in permanent over-drive. I can typically fall asleep but staying that way for 7 hours or more rarely happens.

Human Biological Clock

When the body is working as designed, sleep comes naturally.

On the rare occasion when I do sleep soundly through the night, I can feel the difference immediately. The genuine and extended rest gives me energy I don’t always have. So, when I found myself feeling groggy this morning I took advantage of the opportunity to get a little extra sleep. When I finally did come out of it, I felt really good.

It reminded me of a few things I really appreciate that help me sleep.

I Appreciate Darkness

The darker the better when I’m trying to sleep. It’s amazing how much light creeps in from sources we don’t even notice unless we are focused on the dark.

For example…

The light from the cable television box lights up the entire room. I have to close the cabinet door to minimize its effects. Clocks can do the same thing.

There is also quite a bit of light that comes in from outside…even with blackout blinds. Moonlight isn’t the problem. It’s the light fixtures that remain on all night for security purposes that there’s no real solution for.

So, when it’s really dark…I REALLY appreciate it.

I Appreciate Cold

This is a real conundrum. I like it cold when I sleep…around 65 degrees. As soon as I’m ready to get moving, I like it closer to 80 degrees.

The only way to adjust the temperature from 65 to 75 (or vice versa) quickly is to use the heating and air conditioning system. Fortunately, we have systems with zones that allow us to cool only the bedroom.

I REALLY appreciate the zoned climate control.

I Appreciate Pillows

I am a pillow diva. And, it seems to be getting worse (or better depending on how you look at it).

Recently, I added to my already sizeable pillow collection. I needed king-sized pillows for both sides of my body to minimize the tossing and turning.

This brings me to 5 pillows required for a restful nights’ sleep. I already shared with you that I love down so I don’t need to remind you that just “any pillow” will not do. The “right” pillows caress and support me throughout the night and I wake up feeling refreshed.

I REALLY appreciate pillows.

Please share what helps you get a great nights’ sleep? Sleep is one of those bodily functions that we tend to take for granted. Making your sleep space really comfortable is a great way to take care of yourself.

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About the Author

Dr. Gala Gorman is an entrepreneur…consultant, mediator, broker, publisher and, formerly, accounting firm partner. This experience helped shape the creation of the show. As a change facilitator, she ignites transformation in businesses, families, students, clients and, especially, within herself. When asked about why she created the show, Gorman said: “Developing awareness is what's worked for me. In fact, I'm a bit of an Awareness Addict. And, I'm hoping you'll become addicted too.”