For a week I had a night routine and I slept better than ever. Here are some thoughts. //

Last week my sweet Little One wasn’t quite herself. In a previous “10 Things That Made Me Happy” I said that she had injured her leg, but was better. And she was. The morning I wrote that post.

I wrote it during the day on Thursday. That morning she ran up the stairs and jumped on chairs. But in the evening, she wasn’t as ambitious. I thought it was just because I wasn’t home for the most of the evening, but on Friday she was equally unambitious. On Saturday I thought I discovered the issue (a nail that hadn’t been clipped the last time we went to the groomer and was growing too long). I took her right to the groomer to have it taken care of, but after a few days she still wasn’t back to her usual self. She’d have a morning of jumping and running, then go back to looking for help.

And I was a bit of a basket case. I can’t help it; I love my pup and I wanted her to feel better. Each night I’d log off the computer and spend the rest of the night giving her tummy rubs while reading or watching TV until we both fell asleep.

(To end the Little One portion of this story, I took her to the vet and they checked her out. She’s fine, but she probably tweaked some muscles. They said she just needs to take it easy to let the muscles fully heal… instructions that Little One has some trouble with, because she loves to run and jump!)

I slept better that week than I have in… I don’t know how long. It really surprised me. I was so anxious that I didn’t think I’d be able to sleep. And, even though I was anxious, I felt more calm and settled at night.

You always hear that putting away electronics (except for the TV in my case, I guess) helps you sleep and I’ve always tried to ignore them. But one night this week I was working, working, working and suddenly it was 12:30. I put my computer away, hopped into bed and woke up feeling like crap. It turns out, all those articles that I read about putting away computers/phones before bed and getting enough sleep are true.

In the last month or so I’ve also been reading and hearing a lot about the importance of having a night routine. Have a set routine and write it down. I can’t even direct you to all the posts and videos I’ve read/watched that have talked about the importance of a night routine because there are so. many.

Last week it all kind of came together for me. Even though I was so anxious about Little One, I actually felt rested and calm because I was detaching from electronics (except for the TV, I guess) and I had developed a night routine.

I think this is something I’m going to try to cultivate in the next month. And maybe I’ll even right around. Little One, get ready! More tummy rubs are headed your way!


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