Sleep schedules are important. We always strive to get children on a good schedule and explain to them how good it is for them. However, when it comes to our own schedule, we’re pretty lame and don’t stick to one.
I should know, I’m one of the worst offenders.
This isn’t about quoting experts, although I could. It’s about getting back to basics. I’ve got to take better care of me. I’m dressing in the morning, putting on my face. My shoes are on and my hair is in a low-slung chic ponytail. So, last weeks post about Dressing for Work is sticking and I am seeing improvements in how I manage my day.
But when it comes to sleeping, I’m either hot or cold and that’s a bad thing.
Last night, I went to bed at 1:20am and was up at 7:10 am. I’m sitting here yawning as I type this and wishing someone would hurry up and create a coffee IV. I’m dragging and that’s not good when I’ve got a day filled with conference calls, deadlines, etc.
What’s a girl to do?
I’ve got to get myself on a schedule. Because this not sleeping and dragging the next morning is for the birds.
Sleep is essential for more physical/biological/chemical processes than I can shake a stick at. Weight loss is hindered by lack of sleep. You age more quickly if you’re not sleeping. Our bodies don’t have time to heal/repair itself when we’re not sleeping. We’re less coordinated, our brains don’t function as well.
Between lack of sleep and dehydration, we’re a mess.
The way I see it, children are taught to sleep and somewhere along the way, the ability to sleep well has been lost.
I’m going to do it like I do everything else. In steps. Now, I’ve read a ton of stuff over the years on sleep so, this is where I’m going to try and apply the knowledge I’ve stored into a realistic situation.
1. Set a bedtime. I’m still not quite sure what a good bedtime for me is, but I’m going to test 11pm for right now.
2. Turn off my laptop/TV and anything that emits a blue light at 10pm. I’m used to working right up until bedtime and do believe this is going to cause major issues.
3. No caffeine after 2pm. If you know me well, you’re laughing hysterically right now.
4. Create my to-do list to clear my head. I do this quite often so it shouldn’t be too difficult.
5. Sit and meditate/pray before bed. This is actually the easy part for me as it’s part of my nightly wind-down and bedtime routine.
6. Keep my bedroom neat and clutter free. This comes from the woman who got rid of her night stand and uses books stacked up the wall.
7. Keep my bedroom dark and cool. Check. It’s all hot flash central up in here. My husband is just thankful his lips haven’t turned blue yet.
The early bedtime hours are daunting. I know 11pm isn’t that early. But for someone who’s used to going to bed at 1am and up at 7am or earlier, it’s a little scary. Yes, I can do it and it will be so much better for me healthwise, weight wise, and for combatting the aging process.
What time do you go to bed? Do you have a sleep schedule you stick to? Share below and help a very tired gal out!