Sun and Sleep

My second lake weekend in a row!

It was a blast hanging with friends from my a capella group. We floated, we drank, and we sang. I finally remembered to take a picture of myself doing cool things for you.

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Surprisingly, I stuck to my plan to try and mostly eat clean for the weekend and it paid off because I didn’t gain the pound or two over the weekend like I usually do.

But I wasn’t so responsible on the sleep front. I decided that it would be a great idea to stay up drinking on Saturday night until 6 in the morning. Double whoops.

In addition to my “I’m never drinking again” attitude in the morning, I also kept feeling guilty for depriving my body of the sleep it needs.

I’ve always been a sleeper. Even when I was little, I would sleep in until 10 or 11am on Saturday mornings.

My naps are known as “nap comas” to my family and friends, because I can often be found sleeping for three to four hours on an afternoon when I told everyone I was going to lie down for a quick cat nap.

My friend loves telling everyone the story of how one time in the sorority house everyone thought I had gone out of town because they hadn’t seen me all day. When I came downstairs for dinner at 5pm with sleep-filled eyes they just laughed and laughed.

During the week, I usually go to bed around 12:30 or 1am and wake up at 8:30am, so I usually get a good 7 or 8 hours of sleep a night. But sometimes I am still exhausted at work. And I always have a hard time waking up.

I am notorious for sleeping through my alarm(s). Currently, I use three alarms: a clock radio across the room on my desk that I have to get up to turn off, my iPhone alarm set for three different snooze times, and a deaf person alarm clock that has a vibrating disc that goes under your pillow. Hilarious, I know.

For fear of me sleeping through exams in college, my dad bought me a puzzle alarm clock. The batteries were screwed in to the side of it and you had to put a four-piece puzzle back together before the damn thing would shut up.

No wonder my first year roommate hated me.

When I got home from the lake last night, I promptly slept from 6-11pm, and then went back to bed at 1 o’clock and slept through the night. For the first time in awhile, I really felt rested and wasn’t sleepy at work at all.

That got me thinking. I have a busy week ahead of me and normally I would probably push my bedtime back an hour or so, resulting in less shuteye.

But as I work on becoming a healthier person by eating clean and exercising regularly, I can’t forget about making sleep a priority too. I want to be healthy all around, not just healthy about this thing and not healthy about another.

If I’m going to treat my body right, I need to treat it right on all accounts.

And that means going to bed earlier. I remember hearing somewhere that your body wakes up naturally if you have had enough rest. Since I have such a hard time waking up, that makes me think I’m not getting enough rest – even though I do get 7 or 8 hours of sleep a night.

Some people can get by with 5 hours of sleep, no problem, and others need more like 9 or 10 hours of sleep a night. I think I’m one of the latter. During the week and even on the weekend’s my A-type personality forces me to go go go all day long. So it does make sense that my body wants to sleep sleep sleep more.

This week I am going to try my best to go to bed earlier around11:00-11:30ish instead of 12:30 – 1ish. Maybe it will feel so good that next week I’ll try and go to bed around 10:30pm.

Maybe then I’ll be able to actually wake up on time.

How many hours of sleep do you usually get a night?

Do you have a hard time waking up in the morning too? 

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