As I referred in another post, I’m a night owl. Yes, I go to bed and wake up pretty late! I can do this because I work from home, and I don’t have imposed schedules.
I read, in different places, about the wonderful benefits of early rising. I read about the positive experiences of those who do it, and I recently read an article saying that going to bed and waking up early (sleeping about 8 hours per night) is the healthiest thing to the body. But I also read something which contradicts this last article, by a well known Portuguese neurologist. In her book “Good sleep, good life” (which, sadly, I believe is only available in Portuguese), Professor Teresa Paiva explains a lot of things about sleep, and healthy sleeping. One of the things she says is that there isn’t a universal recommendation about what the best time to go to bed is and what the right amount of sleep is – because this varies from person to person. There are people who need to sleep less, and there are those who need to sleep more. Those who need to sleep less have a more effective sleep. And there are people who feel sleepy earlier and are energized by waking up earlier, and there are those who actually feel better at later hours and have a hard time waking up early. This is related with each person’s sleep phase.
After reading this book I was less concerned with my sleeping habits. Indeed, I’m highly energized at night, and mornings are my personal ordeal. I’m the most peaceful person in the World, until someone tries to wake me up in the morning. Ouch!
Even so, there is something I would like to change about my sleeping habits. My sleeping habits are very irregular, and I rarely manage to wake up at the time I want. I ALWAYS wake up at the last possible minute. Which means that if I can sleep just until lunch, that’s what I’ll do. Yes, shame on me. And I always wake up feeling tired and depressed...
So I think that if I could create more regular sleeping habits, and if I managed to wake up at the time I choose to, I would feel better, in the long run.
So… I want to create the habit of having a regular sleeping schedule. I will be calling this my ‘habit no. 1’ - because after this one, hopefully, I’ll be developing other great habits :P
Having a regular sleeping schedule.
And these are my ‘rules’: I want to go to bed between 1a.m. and 2a.m., and to wake up between
10 a.m. and 11a.m 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. I need to sleep a lot
to feel rested, and hence the 9 hour interval. But I’ll adjust this along the
way. Probably, with the ‘regularity’ I won’t need to sleep so much. (Please don’t
judge me for my late waking up hours o.O)
These are not strict rules, because I will allow some flexibility. Flexibility is good!
I want to establish this new habit during the next month (so… from 22 October to 22 November) - starting tomorrow.
How will I motivate myself?
This is very simple. I’ll be adding a chart to the blog where I plot my sleeping hours. Oh yes! Accountability at its best :P Let’s see if this will help me!
Before I go, and to all of you who understand Portuguese, I highly recommend the book ‘Good sleep, good life’ (‘Bom sono, boa vida’). It’s very informative.
Now… Good sleep to you all! And see you soon :)