I love the idea of sleep, not exactly sleep itself. Don’t get me wrong, sleep is great!
I just don’t get enough of sleep to categorically say we’re in love. Amean! We can’t rush these things!
Let’s throw back a little, I’ve always loved sleep, I look forward to lying on my bed, and drifting. It was difficult to function without adequate sleep; I get cranky, upset and wondering what I’ve done to the world to deserve such a small time to sleep. Oh, I’m a light sleeper so that complicates things, but sleep and I were still always finding a way to get back together… Until, “Adulting”!
Being an adult is humbling. ‘Adulting’ has a way of messing with all your future ambitions, e.g being a professional in sleeping, doing nothing, writing or reading books. lol!
I’m at that phase where I’m not yet an adult-adult, the kind that still needs an adultier-adult sometimes? That phase where all the things ‘they’ didn’t tell you about growing keeps hitting you, but somehow you have to find a way to float. Maybe you are too or you’ve passed the phase but…
That’s what this article is about. The work-sleep-life relationship and..
How I’ve learnt to float, especially when I can’t get enough sleep.
Alarm, snoozes and more alarms
This is the electronic version of someone pouring water on you…
Start with setting four (4) alarms on your phone, about 40 minutes before you actually need to be up – all with snooze options. So that in my battle with all these alarms and snoozes, a part of your brain will wake up and contemplate but realize how you have to go to work because there’s no time to find a lie.
Music makes the world go round! Or was it love? Oh, well!
With about 20 beautiful, happy, motivational songs, I start getting ready for the day, and it plays up until I’m ready to head out. You can always shuffle and change them every other month, so it doesn’t become boring. At first, you might be all grumpy like me, but after the first two songs you’ll find that you’re already in the ‘take on the world’ mode. Mostly.
Water and Exercise: Disclaimer- This is not as a weight loss therapy, but as a sleep loss therapy.
In addition to the helping you stay hydrated, water helps get you alert, and exercises don’t have to be the kind that will need to turn your room into a gym. Aerobics, breathing exercises and whatever you can squeeze into 10 minutes is just fine.
There are some days that even after my routine, sleep comes to me like… ‘Who do you think you are?’
Naps are generally supposed to be short, but this has more to do with the mind. I usually give myself a pep talk about how I have so much work to do, so I can’t sleep, but how I won’t function properly anyway without some sleep. So, once your brain gets it, you can set an alarm of about 30 minutes or less and blast off! You’ll wake up, ready and alert!
Some people say it takes 21 days to form a habit, and some think 66.
Well, I do know that you should continue, till whenever you think your work, sleep and life now have a mutual understanding.
Oh, and in all of this, don’t forget to get as much rest as you can in your spare time. It’s all in the terms and conditions of the relationship.
Do you have your own work-sleep-life relationship hacks? Please let’s hear them.
Happy World Sleep Day!