I love sleeping in on Saturdays.
While just about every book or article on getting good sleep suggests going to bed and waking at the same time every day, I struggle with that because I’m typically sleep deprived during the week and look forward to catching up on weekends.
I don’t have the usual reasons: I don’t work 12 hours a day, I don’t have kids. Instead I blame my body clock. Left to my own devices, I stay up past midnight and sleep til about 9, so every school night I’m fighting my body’s rhythms.
So Glamour magazine’s Sleep Challenge 2010, which suggests a New Year’s resolution of getting enough sleep, spoke to me. The call to arms, or perhaps call to pillow, says in part:
You probably already know about the health consequences of sleep deprivation, how cheating your body out of the R&R it needs can make you more prone to illness, stress, traffic accidents and even weight gain. (Dr. Breus swears that sleeping will actually do more to take off weight than exercise! Love that.)
But there’s more to it than simple physical problems. Rob yourself of sleep, ladies, and you’ll find you never function at your personal best. Work decisions, relationship challenges, any life situation that requires that you to know your own mind—they all require the judgment, problem-solving and creativity that only a rested brain is capable of and are all handled best when you bring to them the creativity and judgment that are enhanced by sleep. “Everything you do, you’ll do better with a good night’s sleep,” says Dr. Breus. Yet women who constantly push themselves to get by on less never know what that “peak performance” feels like.
One of Cindi’s blog posts that caught my eye is the to-don’t list — what will you do less of in order to get more sleep? For me, it’s often dumb stuff that keeps me awake too late: watching something from Netflix, surfing the Web, putting away laundry. It’s nothing that couldn’t wait until a more reasonable time the next day.
Do you get enough sleep? If not, what keeps you from sleeping? Is is anything you could change?