As most of you who have read my blog over the past year know, I have been on a journey to better everything about myself…from my physical health to my mental health and everything in between. It has been very successful on many levels. But there is one area of my life that has been greatly improved and I am very surprised by it.
Let’s take a quick look back. Ever since I started my career in Television, over 20 years ago, I have been driven to be the best that I can be at everything on every level. It’s this ambition that is inherent in me and at this point I am not sure I can change it. But, it has caused one issue that I have never been able to correct. I can’t sleep!!! Why? I problem solve at night, my brain goes into overdrive and it causes me to frequently wake up. So, to guarantee proper amounts of sleep I needed the help of medication. It started with prescription pills like Ambien, but as I quickly found out…I loved them waaaaaay too much. In response to a potential addiction, I went to softer, over the counter medications like Tylenol’s Simply Sleep. This has been going on for many, many years.
Funny story…As we were completing a project at work late one night, it was around 8:45pm, my phone alert went off. As you know, when alerts pop up, anyone can read them. My phone by the way, was sitting right next to one of my producers. He happened to look at it, then looked at me and said, “You have to remind yourself to take a sleeping pill at 8:45pm? Do you have that alert set up for every night?”. My response was “Yep, if I don’t, I will not sleep the right amount of hours and will be a mess the next day!” After I said that, I knew I had a problem. I was literally scheduling my sleep like I scheduled my work hours. It felt really unnatural.
Well, not any more! It seems that the last year has completely corrected my sleep problem. I recognized it when Angela and I went on vacation. I told her that I wasn’t going to take my sleeping pills while we were on vacation, to see if I needed them. I did not need them for the entire trip. Then, when I got back home, I tried the same thing on my first work night, thinking un-medicated sleep was just a fluke side-effect of the vacation and the traveling schedule. Nope! I slept like a baby and every night since then, I have slept like a baby.
It’s simple! Focusing on my physical health, mental health and my personal relationships has literally affected every single aspect of my life. Right on down to the one thing that I thought could never be fixed, beyond professional help…my sleep problem. You want to know the most pleasant aspect of natural sleep in my mind…I can actually remember my dreams now. It has been too long since I enjoyed those.
I am sure that you can scientifically give me a reason why, but I don’t care. The only proof I need is right in front of me on a daily basis!