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I need more sleep. Who doesn’t, right? We all do. Does anyone actually get enough?
Every time I make a plan about going to bed earlier, not hitting snooze in the morning, and doing everything that’s supposed to make you feel energized during the day, the opposite happens.
John Brownstone and I stay up late because our book is too good or there’s a video on YouTube that I just have to watch. Then I stare at the ceiling, trying every relaxation technique I know to quiet my brain and fall asleep. Of course, if you do all those techniques at the exact same time, it tends to get noisy and stressful, and not a lot of sleep actually happens. Then I promise myself I won’t hit snooze and I’ll get right up in the morning.
If I don’t hit snooze (rare), I grab my phone and scroll through Twitter or the news from the night before (just to make sure the world didn’t end while I slept). I can easily lose 30 minutes just doing that.
I’ve read, watched, and heard enough about productivity and “seizing the day” to know that this only slows you down. It makes you more tired. And is the noise of Twitter or the dumpster fire that is the United States government really the first thing I should let seep into my brain? Before the sun is even up?!
My sleeping (or lack there of) habits are deeply ingrained, over years of adulting, especially in the age of smartphones. The last thing I do when I go to bed is look at a small screen and take in information. The first thing I do is stare at a screen and take in more information.
It’s a habit I really want to break. I’ve been watching Mel Robbins videos on YouTube. She’s a kick-ass-don’t-give-a-fuck speaker and motivator. I think I like her. But damn I’m not doing a good job of trying her tips and tricks for getting sleep, waking up, and being more productive.
I started this post talking about sleep and have landed on productivity. Have I lost you? For me, the two go hand in hand. When I have enough sleep, and I can focus (with my phone safely in another room), I get shit done.
But when I don’t get enough sleep and I let my phone distract me? End of story. Game over. The End. I might as well give up for the day. Nothing gets done, and if it does, it’s not my best.
So yeah, I need more sleep. But more importantly, I need to do the things that I believe will help me get more sleep.
Less screen time. More time alone in dark rooms with no distractions (except the warm, naked body of John Brownstone, of course). The commitment to get up when the alarm goes off. The willingness to tough it out even though I hate waking up early. And letting go of bullshit excuses which only ever make me feel guilty because I know they’re bullshit excuses even as I make them.