Well, I did something revolutionary last night and actually went to bed.
It’s not that I don’t sleep most nights; it’s that I don’t actively go to bed, as it were. On any given night you’ll instead find me filling every second with busy work until I eventually just abruptly crash with all the lights on and a laptop and a couple cats strewn across my body or something.
Early morning is my favorite time of the day but lately I’ve been physically unable to get up. In fact, I will unknowingly turn off three separate alarms, waking up two hours later completely oblivious to the fact that I ever moved at all. I have never been like this and I’d like it to go away.
So yesterday a friend of mine posted a link to sleepyti.me, a site that tells you when to wake up or go to bed based on an average adult sleep cycle, and I decided to give it a try.
I entered my desired wake up call of 6am and it suggested that I get to bed by 10:30 or midnight or 1:30 and so on in increments that would strategically place my wakeup outside a sleep cycle, thus making it easy to rise and shine. I gave the 10:30 bedtime a go, shutting down my life around 10 and falling asleep somewhere around 11 (the average adult only takes 14 minutes to fall asleep, but the average adult doesn’t have three cats or a Twitter addiction so…).
Just yesterday I came to the realization that I am consistently requiring a solid 8 hours of sleep and almost never wake up before 7a anymore. So did sleepyti.me work with just 7 hours on the schedule?
HELL YES IT DID.
I slept like a rock and woke up promptly at 6am on my first alarm feeling refreshed and ready to roll. I went for a 3-mile run, grabbed coffee, read the paper and am writing this blog. I feel so good.
I feel like 98% of my life problems could be solved by simply going to bed so I think this will be a welcome change of pace.
Have a lovely day.