Does this ever happen to you? You sleep late on Friday and Saturday, then on Sunday night, you find it hard to sleep early? This is a usual scenario for me. What makes it more difficult for me to sleep early on Sundays is because I sometimes nap in the afternoon. Come Monday morning, it's so hard to wake up, I feel sleepy most of the day, I find it hard to focus sometimes and my energy at work can't seem to last til 4pm.
Nowadays, I cannot afford to be not on top of my demanding work. I'm currently having long days at the office and I really need to focus. Lately too, I haven't been taking day-offs. For the past two weeks, I've been working five days a week. If you notice, I haven't been blogging much too. Some days, I arrive home late. When I get home, I still cook (when there's no more leftovers), have dinner and prepare lunch boxes for the following day. Some days when I'm feeling exhausted, I just lie down on the couch, drink tea and watch TV until I fall asleep (the Husband needed to carry me to bed).
So yesterday (Sunday), I made a plan and followed thru it. Because I wanted to be more alert at work today and I want my energy to last the whole week (yes, another five-day work week for me--still no day-off) I did the following:
(1) Didn't take a nap in the afternoon
(2) Finished all my chores by 6:00pm
(3) Early dinner at 6:30pm
(4) Took a hot shower
(5) Turned off the computer at 8:00pm
(6) From 8:00-8-:30pm, I just watched TV while I drank my usual chamomile tea
(7) Read my "book of the moment" in bed by 8:30pm
My goal was to be asleep by 9:00pm. And it worked! I was asleep by 9pm!!!! I had a total of nine hours of sleep.
The effect on me was tremendous. I had more focus at work, I didn't feel sleepy and I don't feel tired even if I worked til 5:00pm. And here I am, able to blog before I go to bed. I feel great!
Next Sunday, I'm definitely going to do my plan again because it worked for me.
Have a productive week, everyone! Smile!