Step into the shoes of LimeLife co-CEO and co-Founder, Michele Gay.
I was a serious insomniac when I started working at LimeLife, then called Alcone. Within a few months, I lost my mother and started a full-time job where I was commuting to New York — on top of having three kids ages 4, 6, and 8. My anxiety was crazy. Even though I was exhausted, I had thoughts running in my head constantly: What needed to be done at work? At home? For the babysitter? I would pass out at 8pm but then wake up at 2am wide awake with worry that I was missing something. I knew it was unsustainable, so I started trying to figure out how to fix it.
At first, I was trying all the things people tell you to do, starting with working out and doing yoga. But the problems were so much bigger than that. I really needed to figure out how to quiet my mind and gain a better perspective. I knew this new job and my lifestyle would not be a sprint, it was a long-term journey so I had to learn how to manage my sleep. I used my time awake in the middle of the night to go on this exploration, and I started by reading different books.
One thing I really learned was that our minds are like super computers, and my loading pinwheel was just spinning for 10 different browsers. I wasn’t resetting it, though, I was trying so hard to get it to load. Luckily, I made a change.
I have to give huge credit to Arianna Huffington’s book Thrive, which was pivotal for me because it reminded me that the fastest growing and best companies invest in meditation and rest for their employees. No emails exchanged after a certain time, places to take a cat nap, encouraging shorter work days with longer break times to give your mind time to reboot, and looking back, it was really laying a foundation to build LimeLife. I also read a book called 10% Happier about meditation, so those books and then working with meditation in practice started to work.
Now I have techniques that really help me quiet my mind and when I can’t sleep, I go to meditation. The thing that has stuck with me is this metaphor of your mind as this constant flow of electric circuits, like a waterfall of electricity so if you go behind the waterfall and sit there and watch the flow, it can be easier. I go to that space and it helps. Or I go straight to listening to my breath in and out, in and out. Sometimes I go to my kids’ rooms and mimic their breathing or I do the same with my husband, which is why I don’t sleep well when I’m not with him.
But when I started to hit perimenopause, my hormonal imbalance changed things so I started working with a nutritionist and health coach who helped me readjust my diet to rebalance my gut health, which really helped. Everyone’s diet and nutrition needs are different, though, so talk to your doctor before you make any changes to your health.
I use LimeLife’s Forty Cure Cream every night and the lavender in it really calms me. My husband and I read every night before bed, only light things, though, like When Life Gives You Lululemons. I only read in a hard book, not a Kindle, and I recently started wearing reading glasses. We don’t have a TV in the bedroom but we do have a propane fireplace, which we have on every night in the winter to cozy up with. I also splurge on Boll and Branch sheets and Marriott pillows, which are just dreamy.
Otherwise, my nighttime routine is very splurge-worthy. I am a big believer in investing in your sleep. After all, we spend a third of our lives asleep. And your sleep is an investment in your health and your business and your family. I’d rather splurge on my sleep than anything else.
Have any awesome tips for being well-rested? Comment below, I’d love to hear from you!