Well, it’s official. Sleep is a good thing. Who knew!?
I could probably stop right there because, well, EVERYBODY knew. Even I knew. I had just convinced myself that it was somehow ok to deny myself the good (and oh, is it good) because of all the hours I was “using” in its place. But sleep…it’s needed.
I began my “vow to 8 hours” last Sunday and hit it almost every night for a full week. Night one was rough as my body was SO not having the early lay down. I went to bed at 9:45 (earlier than needed, but I was exhausted) and probably didn’t fall asleep till closer to midnight. The next night I was in bed by 11:06 and asleep shortly after. Then 11:04 and passed out instantly. 11:40 (7 hours is still pretty amazing) and 12:40 the last 2 nights (I didn’t have to get up as early these days).
The result: I have had more patience. I have no issue waking up and being alert the second my alarm clock goes off. I’m not falling asleep mid-day. My workouts have been SOOO much easier. I lead group cardio classes and lately I’ve been feeling my age, but I could’ve doubled their length this week and re-earned my Energizer Bunny reputation. Seriously, all good.
Did I miss the hours I lost while in bed? Not even a little. Because I knew I had to be in bed by a certain time, I was actually more productive and selective with my time leading up to bed. I would watch one tv show with the family instead of 2. I would blog earlier in the day so to not be sitting down to start at midnight. I did projects when I was normally half dead on the couch. Basically, being awake and alert for fewer hours = far more productivity than being awake and dragging for a lot more hours.
Can you do an 8 hour commitment? If not, how about adding just 1 additional hour onto your sleep routine for the next week? It’s worth it!