Valencia Valencia


Valencia has struggled with both falling and staying asleep for the past three years. As a newlywed with a demanding career, her lifestyle makes it challenging to prioritize sleep.


Get up and Get Going

Weekend mornings are the hardest for me. It’s probably because I know I don’t have to wake up early for work. I find it difficult to get out of bed on a normal morning (my days start at 5:30 a.m.), so this “sticking to a sleep schedule” business? Not fun. At all. Especially, on a Saturday morning.

I talked about this with my sleep expert, and she emphasized the importance of making my bedroom a place for sleep, and nothing else (no lounging, reading or working). Sadly, lying in bed on Saturday doesn’t fit into this plan.

I love my bed. That’s one thing I have gotten right these last few years when it comes to sleep. I made sure I bought a mattress that completely relaxes me. The downside, I never want to get out of it! I probably have four different alarms spread out between my fitness tracker, cell phone alarm clock and actual alarm clock. I still never make it out of the bed on time. Now, you can imagine how difficult it is for me to get out of the bed at 3:00 a.m.

If I wake up in the middle of the night, the plan is to get out of bed and do something relaxing until I find myself sleepy again. I haven’t quite identified what that something is yet. Honestly, it doesn’t sound like a plan that I’ll be successful at, so I’m a bit apprehensive about trying it. I’m going to keep working at it. Hopefully, it will someday become second nature.

I’m slowly learning throughout this process while practicing good sleep habits may be difficult, they are important.

I guess life can be that way, too. There are things that we all would like to do, and things that we know we have to do, but we just haven’t found the motivation or drive to get up and actually do it. I believe great things are only attained by doing a few uncomfortable things first. Graduating from college, remodeling a house, getting married—it all takes effort and discomfort somewhere along the way. Usually, the end result is totally worth it. Maybe that’s how I should approach this journey with insomnia, too.

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