Earlier this week an almost historic event occurred. I slept 9.5 hours straight! Then last night, Kelly and I stayed up until midnight working on the site, not entirely realizing that around 5am the little birdies outside would begin their sunrise chant. Unfortunately, try as I might, I could not fall back asleep!
It’s now painfully obvious the difference four hours of sleep makes to the quality of my day. With solid sleep, I awoke with very little stiffness or sore muscles. My mind was clear, refreshed, and I felt really good throughout the day. Contrast that with this morning when I felt achy, tired, cloudy, and rushed for time. And right now – almost 6pm – when I feel the need for coffee to get me through the final hours of the day. What a difference!
The trouble is we are a sleep-deprived society, often not even realizing the problem and the consequences of our ways. Experts recommend adults get 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night, but 40% of Americans clock in less than seven hours! After a while, the feeling of being sleep-deprived begins to feel like the norm.
I am now motivated to make a few changes to up my hours of quality sleep. We have recently ordered a new latex bed and are investigating ways to add shades to our weird sized bedroom windows. And I plan to have a nice sit down with the birdies and see if they can delay their singing until later in the morning.