Monday, July 8, 2013

Sleep Is Not a Luxury

Yesterday, I mentioned that my husband and I have decided that we are going to live the good life. I also hinted at what our first step is in making the improvements necessary to do so.

On our recent vacation, we slept more than we have in a while. We have a four-month-old baby, and she still takes a night feeding most nights. Too, because my husband has been working overtime and I have been working long hours building my law practice, we have been staying up late. In short, we have a sleep deficit at this point, one that has been detrimental to our work, to our happiness, and probably to our health. But after sleeping more during this holiday weekend, we realized just how much better we are able to face the day when we have had adequate sleep.

So last night after we returned from our trip to south Florida, we decided to set a new bedtime. From last night forward, our intention is to go to bed with a book or magazine no later than 10:00 and to be asleep no later than 11:00. By going to sleep at that time and getting up around 6:00, we get seven to eight hours of sleep compared to the four to five hours of sleep we have been getting each night.

After trying this schedule for a week or more, we may determine that we need still more sleep, but this resolution is a beginning. We realized during the last few months and especially last week that sleep is not a luxury. It is definitely a necessity.


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