As a kid, mornings were really hard. I fought going to sleep each night, didn’t fall asleep until hours later then fought getting up every morning. As an adult, I wish I could go back in time to encourage my little self to go to sleep.
These days, mornings are a pleasant and quiet time to reflect and drink a coffee far before I face the world. I’m an early to bed, early to rise kinda gal. The habit started a few years ago but was reinforced by some insomnia last year.
I struggled to get a sleep for about six months. My body, regardless of how tired I was, woke around 2AM then for good around 5 AM. I was going a bit kooky so started to treat my insomnia with herbs. That worked for a short time. I then tried a mild anti-anxiety medication. That started to work until I became achy and constantly weepy. I weaned myself with my doctor’s supervision off the anti-anxiety meds.
A few weeks went by and once again I felt anxious and was losing sleep. I went to my friend Alison at the Food Co-op. She suggested taking an L-Theanine supplement.
I am happy to say L-Theanine is helping my sleep. I’ve been sleeping pretty soundly through the night. As a bonus, I’m able to get up early and enjoy downtime with some mental clarity.
I have a routine now. My morning starts with a pause. I begin by thinking about the day. The tasks, the must-do’s and more importantly my intent. If I can set a good intent, the day generally goes well. I even, occasionally, run before I shower. Coffee? Every morning, I’m not safe in public without it and it’s part of my morning ritual.
By getting up between 530 and 6 AM daily, I start my day the way I choose. I admit, I’m often in bed by 9 PM. That’s not a big deal as my party days are, for the most part, in the past. It’s so nice to enjoy the quiet of the morning.
Now, off to work!