My brain has too many tabs open.

Jena Ardell - Princess

‘Sup Party Monsters!

Living a life of pure celebration is forever fun but very tiresome. Between crafting, blog plotting, projects and life it is super hard for me to calm my brain down at night when it’s time for me to get my beauty sleep.

Lately, I have been researching how to live a overall healthier life. Something that the majority of people lack is proper sleep. Being that it is a “easy” fix, I figured I would start there! I mean getting comfy and passing out is pretty easy, right?! Well, I was greatly mistaken. Every night for the last month, I tell myself “I will go to bed no later than 11PM” and then 1AM rolls around and I wonder what the hell am I still doing awake?

In honor of Sleep Awareness Week (yes, it’s real), I have been researching ways to improve my sleep and relax my brain. Sleep Awareness Week is an annual public education and awareness campaign to promote the importance of sleep. To that I say CHEERS to raising awareness for one of the most relaxing activities ever!

Jena Ardell - Beauty Sleep -

In my many Google searches and conversations, I have noticed that the majority of people that get very little sleep think that “sleep is a waste of time”. But obvi, that is a bunch of rubbish. The more sleep you get, the more years you add to your life. The occasional restless night is one thing, but chronic sleep loss raises a much deeper concern. Too many restless nights can lead to a weak immune system, poor heart health, memory loss, lame mood swings, and an out of whack metabolism. No one has got the time to rock a muffin top, have heart palpitations, and  get enraged trying to remember where you parked your car! I am definitely NOT about that life.

It seems like on average, my body can only handle about 6 hours of sleep without me waking up. It is recommended that the average adult should sleep 7.5 to 9 hours a night. I am dreaming (not literally) of getting at least 7 hours a night. It’s my goal so I will gladly take the 6 hours I have been averaging. Sleep patterns and tendencies can be linked to so many things involving your wellness and development. Sleep patterns can even tell characteristics about your personality. I can be a perpetual tosser and turner but for the most part I am a  “Yearner”.  I typically have a hard time making quick decisions but I have an open personality and I am very sociable.

Jena Ardell - Sleeping Beauty

Let’s face it night owls, sleep is essential to our health and happiness. Some of the major steps I am taking to gain control of my health (and my zzz’s) is purchasing a humidifier, ending my green tea intake at 4PM, and having mini dance parties until I am exhausted. I am also thinking about getting a aromatherapy vaporizer, upping my white noise game, and daily meditation practices. I will make this commitment to myself in honor of Sleep Awareness Week. Let’s start this sleep revolution, y’all!

Speaking of sleep revolution, the folks over at Casper are partying in the name of sleep all month long! Check out their adorable  “sleep type” graphic that depicts the most common sleep types.

Casper Mattress Sleepers

What is your sleep type? I personally don’t think I am any of these types. Not even the “Party Animal”! I think I am a “Cotton Candy Machine”. No matter how many times people explain how they work, I will never understand their magic. You turn one on, they create sugar magic, and keep the party going. My brain is a lot like a cotton candy machine. I lay down to rest, my brain cuts on, I lay thinking for an hour or so, come up with rad ideas and then I am up until all hours of the night. The sleep struggle is real but I am ready to take it on!

How are you going to celebrate Sleep Awareness Week? Is the sleep struggle also real for you? What are some of your methods to getting to bed when you would rather be up partying? Tell me all of your secrets!

Happy dreams and per usual…

Stay sexy Gotham!

P.S. Did you know that if you don’t sleep for 10 days straight you can actually DIE?! That or you turn into Brad Pitt.

Photos by Jena Ardell Photography.

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8 Responses to “My brain has too many tabs open.”

  1. Fizzy Party says:

    Great article. My brain has too many tabs open too. I’ve been making sure I exercise a lot more so when I do go to bed I fall asleep easily. My bodies pooped. Now if I could just stay asleep. I have always woke up at 3 am ish and the older I get the harder it is to fall back to sleep. I need to work on that.

  2. 1. I feel the same way about my brain 24/7.
    2. Thank you for my weekend plans.
    3. I need that eye mask!
    4. Saw the Casper ad on the subway, thought they were the cutest, laugh and made the people around me uncomfortable.

  3. Neema says:

    I would have to say I am definitely a bed hogger – sad reality, but I like to think that I mae up for it in other areas. The following tips have worked for me as far as getting better quality sleep: I keep a tidy bedroom, no electronics allowed two hours before bed, an hour before I am set to sleep, I diffuse lavender oil to create a relaxed atmosphere. I also turn down the lights, and journal to get things off my mind before drifting off. I have also found that creating a to do list the night before is very useful. I hope some of these tips help you out.

  4. Nikki Dee says:

    I used to totally be the “cotton candy machine”. Tons of all-nighters in college, long work hours, and partying kept my brain GOING GOING GOING energizer bunny-style.

    I think at some point my life slowed down a bit and my brain was just like OH OKAY WE’RE SLEEPING NOW, RIGHT? and is trying to make up for all the missed hours. No matter what, around midnight I get super tired and crash pretty soon after that. That’s pretty early for me and actually it’s refreshing to be able to fall asleep!

    Oh, meditation helps a lot too, but I’m sure you’ve heard that before. Andrew Johnson has a bunch of awesome meditation apps and i think he has one for sleeping. His deep Scottish voice will send you right off to dreamland, I swear.


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