One thing I really battle with is getting enough sleep. Between home school, freelance work, house work and dawdling, I rarely get to bed before midnight. A big part of the problem is that, because I always go to bed so late, I always think I have time to get to urgent stuff “later”. I’ll just stay up until the work is done, or wake up early to meet deadlines.
This sometimes backfires, and I end up falling asleep before the work is done, or I oversleep and don’t get up in time. My clients are accommodating, my creditors less so: if I don’t work, I can’t bill. If I don’t bill, I don’t get paid, and then I can’t pay my bills.
As a result, I tend to be a stress-bound zombie, tired and overwhelmed by what I haven’t achieved yet.
Apparently, lack of sleep leads to weight gain, heart disease, diabetes, stress, depression, risk of stroke and more. It’s even linked to cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Working on a computer, doing house work or watching TV late at night are all stimulants that keep you up later and later, deplete melatonin levels and make a good night’s sleep harder and harder to achieve.
The solution, according to this article, is to:
- Keep the bedroom for bedroom stuff, not stress stuff.
- Have regular sleeping patterns every day of every week, to train your body.
- Avoid all stimulants after dark. Does this include computers and TV, I wonder? Apparently it does include coffee and house work. How does anyone get a day’s work done?
- Eat only light meals before bed, and avoid carbs.
- Make sure your room is as dark as possible. Even blinking lights on electronic devices pose a problem.
So I guess I’d better figure out a way to get enough sleep, somehow. Any ideas?