Have you ever pulled an all-nighter?
If you have, you certainly know how important sleep is to your mental functioning and mood.
When I don’t get enough sleep, I can feel a huge difference the next day. Sleep is so important, and yet it is routinely neglected by the majority of people.
While science has yet to give us a full understanding of what exactly goes on while we sleep, there are some things that we do know for sure.
It has been well established that our bodies regenerate neurotransmitters while we sleep. Since these neurotransmitters like dopamine and serotonin have strong effects on our mood, motivation, cognitive functioning, and many other processes, it is clear that getting enough sleep should be a high priority for us.
And yet somehow, I feel like every night as it gets dark out, I get this feeling of wanting to stay awake and get as much out of the day as possible.
Then when I wake up the next day, my bed is the most comfortable and awesome place in the world, and I need to be dragged kicking and screaming away from it. The cycle repeats itself every night.
Every once in a while though, I am determined to have a healthier sleep cycle, and I’m able to make it work.
Wanna know how I do it?
I pick a certain time that I want to be awake by each day, and I stick to it, consistently. Then I let myself go to bed whenever I want, or whenever I am tired.
This strategy is very simple, and it is self-regulating. Let’s say you decide to wake up at 8:00 AM each day (by the way, this includes weekends).
You go to bed at midnight on Thursday, and get a quality night of sleep.
Then on Friday, you aren’t tired early and you decide to go to a party. That night, you go to sleep at 3:00 AM, and get only five hours of sleep.
When you get up on Saturday, you will be more exhausted, and will go to bed earlier to catch up.
Your exercise for today then, is to pick a time that you can wake up at for the remaining three weeks of this program, and stick to it.
Consistency is key here. It will be challenging at first, but you will get used to it after only a few days, I promise.
Here are related articles that might be useful to you:
- The Complete Guide To Morning Routines
- Strategic Napping: How To Nap If You Want To Get The Most Benefit
- Quitting Caffeine: A Complete Guide
Continue to Day 9: Introduction to Stress Management.