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.


I Think I Might Be onto Something Here

I’m scared I’m going to jinx it, but I’ve had an incredible week, restfully speaking. Typically, I’m yawning throughout the workday and find myself rushing home to take a nap, but this week has been really different for me. I haven’t been tired after work or felt the urge to lay down and go to sleep until about 9:30 p.m. or 10:00 p.m. That’s really rare for me, and I’m not entirely sure what brought it on. I think my talk with Dr. Natalie [Dautovich] helped a ton. I learned some new things that I’ve been trying to implement, but haven’t been consistent. I’ve been working to set a sleep time every day, so I start winding down around 10:00 p.m. I turn off the TV, silence my phone, and head upstairs to do about 20 minutes of meditation before I lay down and go to sleep.

Today, I sat down and went through all of the videos and blogs from last year’s participant, Jana. It seems like she shares some of the same struggles that I have as far as finding consistency and getting enough sleep at night. I was really encouraged by her idea to find a way to be active throughout the week, as well. I know that I tend to sleep more at night if I work out during the day, but I’ve been trapped in this cycle where I feel too tired to go to the gym, even though it could help me. But, if it can help my sleep, I’m going to push myself to go, no matter what.

My goal for the next week is to maintain my bedtime routine of shutting down an hour before bed. That’s definitely working well, so far. I want to make sure I stay consistent with it, even during this busy wedding period (two weeks left!). I’m also going to try harder to make it to the gym this week, because I truly feel it will make a difference for me.

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