Sleep is important. It is ESSENTIAL. Even when you deny it to your body, your body still knows that you need it—and will GLADLY remind you, when you wake up and wonder why the time on your clock is two hours later than you think it should be. I’d be the last person to give you a tutorial in sleeping well; it’s something that I have yet to master, myself, and it’s a road that I’ve not yet begun to walk. But while I can’t tell you how to lead a healthy sleeping lifestyle, what I CAN share with you is some examples of what has caused myself and others I know to LOSE sleep at night, and how you might be able to avoid them.
This is a killer—I’ve seen too many people who get really shook up by the stress they encounter at work, letting it creep into their time spent away from the job and affecting how they sleep. What you need to do here is separate your work thoughts from those in the rest of your life—try your best not to bring your work home with you. I’m always of the mentality that we work to live, not live to work. If you love your job enough, then this shouldn’t even be an issue, so I’m not talking about the minority of people.
Eating too much, too late
I’ll eat cereal for a midnight snack—too late to want to put effort into preparing a hot meal, but too hungry to eat something insubstantial. Quite the conundrum! But for many people, eating late will only help to keep you up even longer. If you’re not me, clad with an iron stomach and the ability to sleep like a baby, you may want to cut your eating off after a reasonable hour, like 8 or 9 pm. I also hear that it’s good for dieting, or something.
Too many nights of too little sleep
You’re young, you’re hip, you live arounf other people. With your lifestyle may come nights upon nights of parties, socials and ways to just have a good time into the wee hours of the morning. I hear you there, and it’s all pretty awesome—but only in moderation. When your sleep schedule starts becoming really wonky because you sleep at 4 and need to be up at 7 for work, it’s going to catch up with you. It’s true! The entire idea of us being young AND invincible simply does NOT jive. Try and regulate those sleeping habits so that you’re always fresh in the morning and ready to go!
With that said, I just had another late night, so if you choose not to listen to me, I’ll fully understand.
Have a great day one and all, and try not to get punked!