365 days of recuperation pleazzzz

I did it! One of my new goals, I have slept consistently 8 hours a night for the last week. I am going to make this a goal for the month. Yet many people have been asking why and how! Why did you decide to do this? Why eight hours? Why not less? Why not more? How do you get that much sleep? How do you find the time? How can you fall asleep? How do you not feel lazy?

Let me sleep

Why did I decide to do this?

I have been bone weary lately and my focus and job and family life is suffering. It was getting to the point where my phone has an alarm every ten minutes to ensure I actually get up. My after work catnaps were turning into three or four-hour deep sleep comas. Even when I was awake I was not feeling energized nor happy. All I wanted was to curl up into bed and sleep.

Laying in bed is simply not an option! Things to do, people to see, and work work work. I work three jobs, am happily married, and need to be aware and dynamic to keep up with the hectic schedule I enjoy. I don't want to give anything up, well maybe a few hours at work, but I should have been able to get good sleep. So I decided to take an active role in my sleep schedule and create better habits.

Why eight hours? Why not less? Why not more?

I have always heard eight hours is the best amount for a healthy soul and body. It's just one of those things you hear, like an apple a day keeps the doctor away. I also took a National Sleep Foundation Sleepiness Test as I am a sucker for quizzes no matter how silly they are. I do not deny nor confirm the validity of this test, I just took it for fun. And yet according to the test my results were…SLEEPY!

When I looked at my daily schedule where I work 10 hours and I still want to see my friends and relax with le husband. I have 14 hours left in the day. So I decided that 8 was a great compromise, wherein I would have 6 hours to profit from free time. So I am going with it...

How can you fall asleep?

I set a bed-time alarm to let me know when I need to start preparing for bed. I put a hot water bottle on my side of the bed, brush my teeth, wash my face. And climb into bed. I have never had problems falling asleep. Some advice from le husband who has a hard time falling asleep.

1. Breathe rhythmically. He breathes in for four counts and out for four. Others have recommended to copy the breathing pattern of the person sleeping next to you(whcih requires sleeping next to someone)

2. Maximize your comfort. If you are too cold or too hot you will not sleep well, take the time to get comfortable. Even if it is late and dark, take the time to put on socks if your feet are cold.

3. Don't worry be happy. And as we all know this is just impossible advice.

How do you not feel lazy?

This question is the most annoying question. It is not lazy to sleep. It is a necessary recuperation period, that gives me energy for the rest of the day. Don't call me lazy... ever. I work hard and play hard, if I want to relax, I am going to. Don't project your negative sentiments of "laziness on me".

I think it is important to do what you need! Tired then sleep, hungry then eat, happy then laugh. I don't accept calling someone lazy.