I’ve always had a problem with going to sleep too late. In high school, it was okay because my mom was there to wake me up if I fell back to sleep after my alarm went off, but now that I’m living on my own, I don’t have that luxury. I was late for class quite a few times this past semester due to oversleeping, and I’ve been late to work quite often this summer, for the same reason. Probably about 50% of the time, I oversleep. Maybe even more, I don’t know.
I never thought it was too much of an issue, that is until last Friday. I was supposed to work 9am-5pm, as usual, but I allowed myself to stay up until 5am the night before. I tried to wake up with my alarm at 7am, but instead I found myself waking up at 11:30am. I got out of bed, went online, told my boss that I overslept a lot, and asked if she wanted me to come in for a few hours. She said I should just stay home and get some rest, so I went back to sleep. I didn’t set an alarm this time, and I woke up at 5pm. 5pm!!
That was a huge wake-up call for me. Not only did I sleep in really late because I went to sleep at 5am, but I slept 12 hours, which I wouldn’t have done if I hadn’t already been sleep-deprived from previous nights of too little sleep. (I’ve slept 15 hours before, but that’s besides the point.)
So here’s what I’m going to do about it. I’m going to go to bed by 11 every night. I usually set my alarm for 7, but even then I’m sometimes late, so I’m going to start waking up at 6:30 and slowly get later as I get a feel for how long it actually takes me to get ready. My ultimate goal is to be five minutes early for work every day.
I’m sure it’ll be tough to develop the habit at first, especially since going to bed early means I’ll have less time for the things I want to do. I have a plan for that, too! I just need to separate the things I need to do and the things I want to do. In other words, the things I want to do each night and the things that can wait. I mean, blogging isn’t exactly something I need to do, but I put it on my list of needs for tonight, since it’s been a few days and I don’t want to put it off any longer.
And then, of course, I need to get over the fact that sometimes the things I need to do are not the things I want to do, and that I need to fit them into my schedule anyway. For example, I was supposed to practice singing tonight, but I didn’t. Hopefully the half hour between work and my voice lesson will be enough that my teacher won’t realize I haven’t practiced her stuff all week. I think I’ll focus on scales and arpeggios, which I haven’t done since my lesson last Tuesday.
I got a new pair of running shoes today! I haven’t had any in over three years, so I’m really excited. I always have to run at the gym on an elliptical machine, since my shoes are hiking shoes, not made for running, and could really screw my knees up because they don’t have enough support. Now I get to run outside, which I am going to do starting tomorrow. 🙂 I’m going to enact my new plan: go to sleep at 9:45 (probably closer to 10 by the time I get ready), wake up at 5:45, and run before work!
On a final note, I’ve been playing guitar a lot lately, and I don’t know if you’re into this kind of thing, but I posted an acoustic improvisation as well as an acoustic cover of REO Speedwagon’s Time for Me to Fly to my YouTube channel. Check them out if you feel so inclined. 🙂 Maybe leave a comment or something on them, too. :love: