It's so easy for me to go through quick phases, and it happens so often that I wonder if it's part of my personality or if it's a habit.
For weeks I was waking up early, naturally, enjoying some time to myself. And then...I stopped. I preferred sleep, and lying in bed in the warmth of covers. Even though I was going to bed early — asleep by 9:30pm most nights, and often earlier — I just couldn't get myself up before the toddler.
Maybe I needed the extra sleep.
But here I am again, the last few days waking early, before the rest of the family. Dog snoozing on the couch. Me typing out the words or reading a book. A bit of stretching.
Back in that habit, and just going with it.
I find I do so much better each day, no matter what time I wake up, when I allow myself to wake up naturally and get the sleep I need. Most of the time this means 8+ hours, but sometimes that's less.
Research says that adults need at least seven hours of sleep per night to function well. I'm all for that. Turning my screens (phone, computer, television) off at least an hour before I go to sleep helps loads with that too.
And having some mellow nighttime activities helps us sleep better. Taking a bath. Reading a book. Doing some light yoga or stretching. A cup of chamomile or lavender tea. Journaling.
I've learned that at this season of life, with a young one at a home, that I need the sleep to power through my days. I also find it so refreshing to go without an alarm for now, while I can, even though our daughter is often my alarm clock. I know that one day I'll probably come to rely on that alarm once again, so for now I am embracing the amount of sleep my body needs.
P.S. I'm really enjoying the weekly interviews on My Morning Routine. They inspire me to continue to curate my morning and night routines, and to get enough sleep.