It’s Monday morning and your phone is about to buzz in 30 minutes. It’s almost time to wake up! There’s one problem though, you’ve been awake the entire night.
You’ve accumulated sleep debt. You’re a mess and you need to catch up on your sleep hygiene.
What follows is a day coated in bad decisions.
Your anxiety increases – Your hands begin to sweat at the thought of having to step outside your front door. Everyone’s rested, they’re filled with energy, ambition and drive. You stand no chance. You notice everyone staring at you in disappointment, “Is she tired, or on drugs?” one coworker whispers to the other, “I think she’s on both.”
You’re hungry and fueled with bad decisions – You’re tired and so is your rational thinking. You see a fruit bowl, but your mind thinks a cup of nails. You’d never put that in your mouth, so better play it safe and instead grab a chocolate chip cookie from the bakery. And while you’re at it, why not opt for a bottle of Coke? A boost in energy and your daily water intake, you think. Two birds, one stone.
Everything irritates the hell out of you – Your favorite coworker asks if you had trouble sleeping again. You wonder if he’s been spying on you, plotting to gossip to everyone else about how weird you look when you sleep, or worse– that you wear fluffy purple winter socks at night. You size him up and shake your head, questioning your standards, asking yourself how you could ever be friends with such shallow people. You turn away and wobble back to your desk, “K, see you at lunch,” he causally responds.
What You Should Have Done Before Bed
Instead, you should have put your phone away a few hours before going to sleep. Far away, and perhaps on do not disturb unless of an emergency.
It’s difficult to sleep when you’ve been reaching for your phone every five minutes, wondering if the world has been invaded by space monkeys, hoping you didn’t missed the entire thing. That’s called fear of missing out, or FOMO.
You’ll want to avoid being stimulated by the blue light your phone emits. Same goes for the TV.
I know it’s difficult. I really mean that, because I’m probably worse than most when it comes to keeping the phone away at night. But I think it’s worth the sacrifice to ditch the phone for a few hours, and to reward your body with rest.
If you’re struggling to decide what to occupy your time with, let me suggest a few things you can try :
- Read a book, preferably something you enjoy.
- Journal your day’s adventure, or lack of.
- Soak your body in a hot bath.
- Meditate for a while. (Mindful meditation is what works for me.)
When you rest, your body, mind, and mood improve
Less Stress – The stress you feel begins to dissipate, falling away as you rest. And the same can be said for inflammation.
Less Forgetful – You’ll have an easier time remembering to prep lunch before work, because sleep improves memory.
Less Weight – You may need a new pair of pants, because of all the weight you’ve been losing. Instead of staggering into the kitchen with an oh, to hell with it– a blueberry muffin won’t do any harm, it’s got blueberries in it! mentality, you’ll be asleep, or a awake and less likely to make poor food choices.
When you sleep less your chances of eating an excess amount of calories begin to increase. Those who neglect sleep have higher chances of being overweight or obese.
The less you sleep, the more you eat.
Hopefully you found this both entertaining and helpful. If you did enjoyed it, comment and share with your friends and family or even the dude that looks like he hasn’t slept in two months. Maybe he’ll learn something new, or perhaps I’ll bore him to sleep.
See you soon!