Well, let’s talk about why Sleep Routine is Important. In a world where the less sleep we get is almost seen as a trophy. Where the more hours we spend at the desk the more celebrated we are.
The problem is this doesn’t work! Or end well.
Why am I bringing up this topic?
Because it is a lesson I have been reminded of this week.
I have been lucky enough to be asked to test the next version of a computer game I play. In my excitement, and the fact my housemate is also a beta tester. Sleep went out the window. My housemate works 8-5 so we could only test the game in the evenings. Unfortunately, this led to me letting go of my usual evening routine.
Before we both know it we are still up at midnight trying to understand all the parts of the game. Lost in a different world.
But what is wrong with this? You might think? Read on…
My usual routine is to be in bed by about 9 pm (yep I am old now lol). Then I will set about reading my next book. Giving myself around an hour before lights off, visualization, my statement of intent, and sleep. (I also read paper books so no blue lights. Plus I love them).
The next morning I then find I am up between 5-6 am, the time I get my most productive work done. Not everyone loves this time in the morning. I can say that I am not a huge fan. But it works for me and for being productive.
So as you can imagine. Going to bed at midnight, then not getting to sleep till gone 1 am (my brain is too wired from being at the computer). This led to me not being up at 5/6 am.
I tried but honestly, my body and brain were saying nope! I need more sleep than that. It also meant as my sleep was interrupted by 6 am alarms. That I woke up groggy and unfocused. I should really know better by now.
This pattern of late nights created 3 days of unproductive work. Of getting nothing done. And leaving a feeling of guilt. The negative thoughts then started to sneak in.
Our routine and habits make or break us
A great reminder
It was in truth a great reminder to myself of how Sleep Routine is Important. If I want success, and to feel good. I need to be in bed by 9 pm. Reading and learning from the many books I read and sleeping well.
Even my journaling went out the window throughout the last few days.
Last night (when writing this blog). I forced myself back to my routine. My lights were out at 10 pm, even though my body had gotten used to being up a little later and wanted a fight.
This morning I am back to my productive self. I have been at the computer since 6 am and writing my second blog. I have already complete four other tasks I needed to do this week.
Don’t let your sleep, or lack of it. Ruin your success and productivity. Create routines, as boring as they sound, to give you the best chance at being productive, happy and successful.
Our biggest fight is often with ourselves and our habits!
Sleep Routine is Important
Benefits of a good sleep routine:
Increases focus and productivity
Make better decisions
Lower your risk of serious health problems – like diabetes and heart disease
Get sick less often
Stay at a healthier weight.
I hope this blog has helped you understand that Sleep Routine is Important. Something that is worth looking at and creating for yourself. Choose the times that allow you to wake up refreshed and productive.