Sleep more

Note to self: Sleep more.

I know everything is better when I get more of it, so why don’t I sleep more? There are tons of reasons, but the biggest right now is that I’m exchanging sleep for things that add seasoning to the sauce of my life. I trade sleep for time with friends, time with my husband, exercise, reading, and art (including creating this post, for instance). These things happen around the edges of my life thanks to the space young kiddos take up. Although before it was kids, it was my career and grad school. So, although this season of life makes sleep hard in a way I couldn’t fathom before, I have a habit of putting a lot of things before sleep. But I need to find a better balance. Any tips to share?

sleep more

Published by Emily P.G. Erickson

Emily P.G. Erickson is a freelance writer specializing in mental health and parenting. She has written for popular digital publications, including Everyday Health, Health, The New York Times, Parents, Romper, WIRED, and more. Emily is a professional member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) and the Association of Health Care Journalists (AHCJ). Previously, Emily researched PTSD for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and earned a master's in psychology. You can find the latest from Emily at

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