I admit that I have fallen off the sleep wagon lately. I take full credit for not making sleep a priority this week, and my body is making a point to remind me. I’ve been tired, really tired. I especially felt the effects yesterday. It was bad.
So, first off, why did I slip? Honestly, it really comes down to poor planning. I had a busier week than usual, and did not take advantage of planning and getting things done when I had the time. Instead, I waited until late in the evening to finish homework, blog, prep food, and get my stuff together for the mornings I drive straight to school from yoga. As a result, I was getting to bed around 11 p.m. or later, when normally I’m in bed by 10 p.m. It started gradually, and became later and later every night. Those increments definitely add up over time, even in the duration of one week. Another reason I slipped? Well, I’m human and life happens.
I’ve already started getting myself back on track, so this cycle doesn’t continue. Yesterday, I took it easy after getting home from school, didn’t overdo my physical activity, ate well, and took a 30-minute catnap before going to work in the evening. Then, that night, I put my computer away earlier and was in bed by 10:05 p.m. It felt good. It felt really good.
Today, I’m continuing on this path to get back on track. I will be in bed at the same time or earlier than last night, and take more time to relax before bedtime. In my case, this means putting my computer away sooner. Sleep is too important not to prioritize and strongly influences all aspects of health. It’s easy to start slipping and crucial to turn things around quickly before things get worse. It can be a slippery slope otherwise.
What do you do to get back on track when your sleep starts slipping?