“I got actual sleep – eight hours of it!”
“Are you OK? Do you have allergies?” This is Mary, the lovely woman at my laundromat. A kinder person doesn’t exist, so if she notes my haggard face and bloodshot eyes, the issue is real. And the issue is lack of sleep. I’m a chronically tired mother of a three-year-old, and I average six to seven hours a night – sometimes dipping down to five.
My goal for this assignment is at least eight hours sleep, and if less, to nap the next day. Week one, I loved naps. They’re easy because I work at home and you could see the rest in my face for hours after. By week two I was dealing with the consequence of naps: I’d been tired so long that turning off my brain at 10pm when I was well rested felt like a mind trick. Keeping naps to an hour helped, as did aromatherapy. I’d dab sleep remedy oil on a tissue and take 10 breaths. The effect was pretty much immediate.
In two weeks, I was bright-eyed, my skin was good, inflammation and breakouts faded. Mary noticed (“You must be feeling better!”). You want the ultimate tip of all time for how to look less tired? Here it is: be less tired.