Each month I am looking at one of 5 positive disciplines mentioned by Michael Hyatt in this podcast to re-order our family lives so we can use the internet for good and avoid its destructive impact. The discipline for the month of August is Rest.
Throughout most of history, darkness told our bodies that it was time for rest.
When the sun went down, people went to bed because they didn’t have much choice.
In modern times, though, we can extend daytime indefinitely with bright lights. Often our bodies never get the message that it’s time for sleep.
If you’ve committed to going to bed earlier and turning off screens before bed time, why not take another step?
This week’s challenge:
Dim the lights as bedtime approaches.
Turn out all the lights in rooms you aren’t using, and use soft lamps and candles only. Not only will you feel sleepier, but soft light is romantic, right? It’s a win-win!
I know that so many couples feel they are too exhausted or busy for private time together, but if you are going to bed early, turning off the TV and other screens, and dimming the lights, maybe it won’t seem so impossible after all!
A bonus challenge for those who don’t already do this: create simple, peaceful bedtime rituals for your children.
Read them a story, sing a lullaby, pray with them. Tuck them in with soft music or audio Bible stories if they are used to having noise to go to sleep. Isn’t this better than letting them fall asleep in front of the TV? I am not very good at bedtime routines, so this will be a challenge for me—but a very necessary one.
What about you? What soothing bedtime routines do you use to help you and your children feel like it’s time for sleep?