Hello and Happy Sunday! I’m not sure about you, but lately I’ve been using my weekends to try to catch up on those zzzzzz’s, and not surprisingly, this hasn’t been working out for me very well. When it comes to sleep there really is no ‘catching up’. I have to be awake by 5am several days during the week, so needless to say sleeping in until 10am on Sunday definitely throws me off for that early Monday morning wake-up call.
The 5-6 hours of sleep I’ve been getting, combined with long days of working and teaching leaves me super exhausted. It’s not like I’m doing any ‘resting’ or even sitting down during most of the day either. Don’t get me wrong – I love being busy and active. I do however think this lack-of-sleep is part of the reason I have been getting more sick and run down this winter than ever before. That and the fact that this winter weather in Boston is just ridic and getting outside is hard to do when the snow is as high as your head so you get trapped inside with all the germs.
Unlike Elsa, I can’t control the freezing cold snowy weather but I CAN try to control and improve my bad sleeping habits. I started this weekend by getting up and starting the day earlier to be a little more consistent, and for this week I am to to try the following 5 things:
1. Going to bed earlier. Easier said than done. And probably won’t happen tonight since we are going to do dinner at our friends’ house, and the Oscars are on. (Have I mentioned I am REALLY good at making up excuses to not go to sleep early). But every other night, 10pm is my limit – and 2 hours specials of ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ will have to be DVR’d.
2. On that note, less TV.
3. Limiting caffeine intake – one coffee in the morning, none after 2pm. It’s way too easy to fall into the cycle of not getting enough sleep, relying on caffeine to wake-up/stay awake, and then not being able to sleep because you’re so hyped up on said caffeine that you just need to stay up and have a Taylor Swift dance party in the living room with your dog. Wait, is that just me?
4. Limiting alcohol too. I love relaxing with a few glasses of vino, but I also hate not being able to relax in bed the morning after drinking it.
5. Having something to look forward to in the morning! Knowing I have a yummy prepared breakfast (like OIAJ! Maybe this will be featured everyday) and hot lemon water waiting for me always helps me to get up and get moving.
The fact that I’ve referenced both Frozen and T-Swift here in this post should be proof of just how sleep deprived I really am. It’s obviously a desperate time folks. If you have any tried and true tricks for getting more sleep please share!
Sleepless in Boston