Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sleep Debt?

Another week and I am still not where I want to be - I am still working hard on being mindful of the moment - but it is really difficult.  I have almost finished reading Lara Casey's book "Make it Happen."  I highly recommend the book - it is a great starting point for prioritizing and remembering.
I have come to realize this week that one of my issues is rest.  I work 12-16 hour days Monday - Friday. Saturday I try to catch up spending time with my family and dogs. Then Sunday I am exhausted - all I want to do is sleep, eat, and watch TV. 
Coco Chanel Sleeping In
Getting too little sleep creates a "sleep debt," which is much like being overdrawn at a bank. Eventually, your body will demand that the debt be repaid. We don't seem to adapt to getting less sleep than we need, while we may get used to a sleep-depriving schedule, our judgment, reaction time, and other functions are still impaired.
Meme and Coco Sleeping Buddies
So - Sunday has become my day to repay my sleep debt.  But, I feel like I can not give up a whole day - I feel like I am wasting a whole day.  There are so many things I want to do on Sundays - run, yoga, quilt, scrapbook, and I get nothing done.
Oreo Getting Ready for Bed
My goal next week, starting tonight is to be in bed by 10 PM, no TV maybe a little reading.  Up at 6 AM.  No hitting the snooze button.  This will allow me to have some me time. 
Have you ever suffered from sleep debt? If so, how did you keep from getting back into debt?
~ Connie ~

1 comment:

Jamie said...

I struggle with sleep as well, including a sleep disorder. I don't think that sleeping on one day for a longer time is a sustainable plan, to be honest. Getting better rest during the week will have longer term improvements on your health.

I'm fortunate to work lots of hours but I'm self employed so I can rest during the day if necessary.