I remember a time in my life that I used to think to myself "I'll sleep when I'm dead," because I had so much schoolwork and constant extracurricular activities to do. (While being an IB high school student was intellectually fulfilling, it was not the most well time in my life--though it did provide a needed escape from a difficult family dynamic and was probably adaptive at the time.)
Fortunately, over time I've come to embrace sleep as a foundational part of my wellness routine. In graduate school I set myself a rule of getting 8 hours each night, because I discovered how much better I could serve my clients when I was properly rested. While maybe it was usually closer to 7 and a half, I found that that amount of sleep really made a difference for my life and work. When things became stressful, particularly as a PhD student, I had to get more intentional to maintain good sleep so I developed a routine for better sleep.
Today's post is just a chance for me to share my favorite sleep hygiene tips that have helped me through grad school and the busy mind of PhD work.