(or, should I say ‘Sleeping, with Samantha Dee’)
Are you having trouble sleeping? Feeling like you just can’t breeze out of bed like that lady in that TV ad? Read on, my dear resting-bitch-face, read on.
It feels horrible, doesn’t it, when you feel tired but struggle to get to sleep, struggle to stay asleep and then wake up feeling like didn’t sleep. Instead, you feel like you’ve been ten rounds on a bronco and hit the deck on your butt.
You then go through your day snippy, not making eye contact, sighing every time you have to do something. Adulting is just twice as hard. You just want to go home and shut the door.
You don’t want to feel shitty anymore and you want to slap that TV lady for sleeping so well.
Well, you are not alone!
50 to 70 million people in the US suffer from one or several sleep disorders. Chronic insomnia affects at least 10 percent of Americans. Restless legs syndrome, a neurological disorder, affects about 5 percent of the population over age 65. Sleep disorders affect members of every race, socioeconomic class and age group.
Man, that’s one big miserable pyjama party!
Of course, there’s hope (or I wouldn’t be writing about it). We all hear the old ‘you must have eight hours sleep a night’ rubbish, but there are things you can do to improve your sleeping environment.
For instance, here’s a freebie: if your head hits the pillow and your mind starts racing? Make a checklist before bedtime and outline what you’re going to DO about a particular thing that’s keeping you up at night. Easy!
Well, I’m actually a Superman Sleeper
I’m a side-sleeper. Well, actually I’m a Superman sleeper. Not only do I sleep on my left side (cue visuals) but I sleep with my left arm stretched out in front of my face, with a pillow stuffed in between my arm and my face. One day last summer I woke up with NO feeling in my arm. Couldn’t move it, couldn’t feel it.
I drove myself to the local hospital, changing gear with my right hand and steering with my knees while I did so. Here’s how the consultation went:
Me: “I can’t move my arm, I can’t feel it!”
Doc: “Which side do you sleep on?”
Me: “My left.”
Doc: “Do you sleep on your arm?”
Doc: “Yes. Well, just don’t do that.”
You want to wake up feeling like you are re-charged and not feeling like Ozzy Osbourne in the morning. It’s all about giving yourself the best opportunity for restful, healthy sleep to happen.
That’s not all I can help you practice:
‘A New Dawn’ Thirty Days of Wellness by Sammy Dee
Stop resisting the woo, release your inner woo. Woo knows you want it. This beautiful Udemy course encourages you to make the changes that you need to make, or renew the things you used to do but gradually forgot and got lazy about.
The course has several sections, one that talks about sleep hygiene, and how you can improve it. It’s a pretty course, in my kind of way, and its special because it doesn’t drive anything ‘down your throat’ – but rather gives you an ‘absolute beginners introduction’ to wellness practices and says,
‘Hey, just try it for thirty days.’ – journal your results. See the difference.
It’s not just a course:
What makes this course unique, is that, as with all her courses, Sammy Dee has made a vast array of matching accessories to go with curriculum:
- A free Trello template for you to check off each of the thirty days
- Several free printable downloads
- A beautiful 30-day workbook
- Several thoughtfully curated YouTube playlists
– just everything you might need to win at wellness!
In terms of the latest ‘trending’ word, ‘wellness’ has really had the last ounce of shit kicked out of it hasn’t it. It’s a tired old thing being kicked to the kerb and the next internet buzzword has already happened (p.s. it’s ‘MANIFEST’ with a scattering of curse words).
This doesn’t make your health any less important. Buzzwords aside, you’ve got to sleep well, you’ve got to feel okay about yourself, and you’ve got to be decent at Adulting. if you’ve ever gone to work on three hours sleep you’ll know what I’m getting at!
The Online Course for Wellness
‘A New Dawn’ will give you a beginners introduction to:
- Journaling for Wellness
- The importance of having a daily routine
- Sleep Hygiene
- The different types of meditative states
- Why the affirmation videos on YouTube are crap
- Why visualizations work (the human brain is stupid)
- Why meditation works (and why it’s not all incense and beanbags)
- Pain Management (and how to calm the ‘oh shit it hurts’ brain)
- Ho’oponopono (forgive yourself and free up more brain space)
You choose what you want to try for thirty days, then use the freebies to help you along the way.
Sign Me Up!
Well, you have to do that.
Samantha is a well-liked Life Coach, specializing in self-esteem and body image with qualifications in Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Skilled Helping. She speaks on several panels around the internet in this regard.
Samantha Dee is the Author of ‘My Big Fat…Fat’ and ‘The Thirty Day Wellness Journal’. Her next book, ‘My Big Fat…Kitchen’ is due out soon.