For instance, does this sound familiar? You’re alarm goes off and you hit the snooze 2-3 times (at least) before FINALLY dragging yourself out of bed. You refuse to talk to ANYONE until you’ve had at least ONE cup of coffee. Then it’s off to start your day, whether you work outside the home or in it. All’s fine until that sudden mid-day slump … especially after lunch. So what do we normally do then? …
YEP! Head for the soda (or more coffee). I used to always be a soda and candy bar girl in the afternoon myself. It didn’t help that the break room with the vending machines was only a few feet from my desk!
Of course, the lift you get from this only lasts maybe an hour or two and then you end up crashing even worse after that! So what’s a sleep deprived person to do? Get more sleep. PERIOD! Seriously … we always seem to be able to make time for things that are important to us, but often getting enough sleep just isn’t a big enough priority until we just physically cannot keep our eyes open any longer. Then, we either fall asleep watching TV or taking a nap that ends up lasting 3 hours (or more)!
So, my challenge to you over the course of the next few weeks is to REALLY be diligent in trying to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. I KNOW it will be hard … you’re a busy person and you’ve got a lot to do. I KNOW. But, while you are doing this experiment, I also want you to keep a journal (or even just make notes on your phone or something). Write down EXACTLY how you feel at the beginning. How tired are you at given points in the day? How often do you NEED to have caffeine in the afternoon to keep you going? How often do you crash at night on the couch. Then, keep a daily record of how you feel every day during your experiment.
Remember, the key to success in this is that you HAVE to be diligent! If you are not … you are doomed to see no real change. However, if you DO keep up with the experiment … I’d be willing to bet that not only are you no longer dragging through your day, but you also seem to have an easier time of going to bed at the same time each night. Why is this? Well, since you are no longer dragging through your day and just trying to get through it, you are a lot more productive. The things you HAVE to get done ARE getting done and in a timely manner. The work that you normally have to bring home to finish? Already finished at work by 5:00. Waiting in the parking lot at the kid’s after school practices or lessons? You now use that time to pay bills, plan your menu and grocery list, go through all those magazines that you can’t throw away till you go through them, etc.
If you do this experiment for yourself … let us know in the comments or shoot me an email to let me know how it went. If it didn’t work, review WHY you weren’t able to set regular sleep/wake times. What kept you from going to bed on time? Be honest … were ALL of the activities you did during each day necessary or was there maybe too much lost time (phones, social media, online games, TV, etc.)?
Alright … if you are reading this late at night … go to bed!
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