Wow, this has been a long week! The funny thing is that it has been a regular five-day week; however, it's been the first full week in awhile. Sometimes our bodies just get accustomed to being a little more relaxed and we have to get used to the longer hours and the busier days.
So how can we keep the sluggishness from happening? It's a matter of consistency. Even on days off, it's imperative to keep ourselves busy and in a routine. If we're used to getting up at 6:00 a.m. five days out of the week, and then we sleep until noon on the weekend, our bodies get confused. Although we may need to get caught up on sleep after a long work week, everything needs to happen in moderation. Going from 6 hours of sleep a night to get 10-12 hours on the weekend can be more harmful than helpful.
How can we keep the sluggishness from happening? Keep a sleep schedule 7 days a week. We don't need to go to bed and get up at the same time, but we need to keep the amount of sleep at a consistent level. We should be getting 7-8 hours of sleep a night, but a recent study showed that 40% of us get fewer than that. Catching up on sleep needs to be a gradual process. On the weekend, gain another hour or two per night but not three to four or else we're just asking for a tough work week.
Once we gain an hour or two over the weekend, it's important to go to bed and get up at the same time each day during the week. If we want to get more sleep, go to bed 30 minutes sooner and get up 30 minutes later in order to gain an hour. Do this consistently and we begin to close the gap. Soon, we're getting the sleep we need and when we have a long work-week we won't be nearly as tired. Consistency is the key.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.