Are you tired? Of course you are. Nobody’s getting enough sleep. Blame it on FOMO and our electronic devices; our 24/7 mentality and longer work days; and our over-consumption of caffeine. But wait – that might be a chicken and egg situation. Is sleeplessness the consequence of drinking too much coffee, or are we drinking gallons of coffee to combat fatigue?
When it comes to sleep health, I’ve heard it all before. Moderate the temperature in your bedroom, don’t eat anything past 8:00 pm – and the best one – get up the same time on the weekends as you do on weekdays. Ha! Fat chance I’m gonna set my alarm to wake me at 6:00 am on a Saturday morning.
As a night-owl, I stayed up well-past what is considered a reasonable bed-time, only to be startled awake by my ear-splitting alarm clock. Make no mistake, the reason it’s called an “alarm” clock is because the shrill sound incudes panic and distress. Then, like a true java-junkie, I relied on a venti-sized coffee to shift myself into high gear. And I thought I was doing okay.
But a couple of months ago, I committed to making some big changes in my life that have resulted in a dramatic improvement in my sleep health. First, the easy one: since I didn’t suffer from FOMO, I shut off my cell phone at dinner time and I don’t turn it on until the next morning. Next: I’ve broken the late-night habit of forcing myself to stay awake just so I can cross one more thing off my never-ending to-do list. And finally: working at home has enabled me to swap commuting time for additional shut eye. The results? I have never been more clear-headed and present; the dark circles under my eyes have vanished; and my caffeine consumption is down to one half-caf-half-decaf cup of coffee a day. I still get all the flavor, but I no longer need the jolt.
Maybe you’re thinking all this change is too drastic. And realistically, your current life-style does not allow for one or more of these changes. Understandable. But think about how much effort you put into deciding what you eat – and won’t eat – and how you make time for a workout or yoga class. The three-legged stool of health is nutrition, exercise, and sleep. Two legs are not enough for stability. We need that third one – sleep.
3 thoughts on “Catching More Z’s”
Brava Chris! Cu drag roxana
LikeLiked by 1 person
Dear Chris, I have been lax in responding to your blog. However, this one caught me. I am about the worst sleeper in the world. Possibly because I don’t sleep. The early hours find me searching for something good to watch on T.v. i have learned there is nothing good on T.V. especially in the early hours. I devour books the way other people eat peanuts and that’s what you would find me doing. Sleep is wonderful. Where do I get it? Sweet dreams, sweet girl.
Sheila – thanks for your comment – The cold weather is coming, and wearing flannel and fleece always make one feel cozy and more ready to take a snooze!