Not Feeling Like a Zombie

Yesterday was SUCH a Monday! I spent 20 minutes straightening my hair only for it to start pouring out right before I left the house for work. Needless to say my hair was frizzy all day. Otherwise it was a good day :).

I made myself a smoothie for breakfast. I’ve been feeling really bloated lately so starting my morning off with something light sounded like a nice idea.

This is just my normal raspberry smoothie (1/2 banana, handful of frozen raspberries, a few frozen blueberries, a scoop of plain Greek yogurt and a splash of fat free milk). Simple but delicious!

I once added a few spinach leaves to my smoothie and that was a bad idea. I am just not enough of a healthy living blogger to even pretend I like that :).

As I was dashing out the door yesterday morning, smoothie in hand, I started thinking about how much my mornings have changed since January.

I used to wake up at 6:30am, make some breakfast, lounge around until almost 7:30 and then start getting ready for work.

These days I am up at five in the morning and in the office around 7am. Getting used to this schedule wasn’t easy at first.

Back in the day I used to go to bed around 1am, and when I first switched to my new schedule I was staying up just as late. That meant the first few weeks I was only getting about four hours of sleep. I felt like a ZOMBIE all the time.

Eventually I realized I needed to start going to bed earlier or I was going to die. Getting good sleep is so important for our health.

Now I go to bed around 10pm each night and that seems to work well for me. I tend to do a little reading before I fall asleep, so I’m generally getting about 6.5 hours of sleep per night.

Monday – Wednesday this works fine. By Thursday it’s hard to peel myself out of bed and by Friday I’m VERY glad it’s the last day of the week that I have to get up before dawn.

On the days I’m really tired I do a couple of things for “self care” or really self-preservation:

-I buy a hazelnut coffee. Just the smell of it makes me feel alive!

-I eat a light lunch at work. If I eat anything heavy my eyelids will also get heavy.

-I drink a lot of cold water. Being hydrated makes me feel awake!

-I lie to myself. I tell myself when I get home I can take a nap. Even though I hardly ever do actually take a nap when I get home, it’s a nice thought.

Sometimes I do take a nap. Cecil is always willing to join in on this activity.

But for the most part going to bed at 10pm works for me. On the days I get in an extra hard workout I might fall asleep on the couch at 9pm which watching reruns of Curb Your Enthusiasm with Adam :). The perfect way to end a day!

On the flip side, if you’re interested in seeing how I start my day check out my latest Get Ready With Me video:

How many hours of sleep do you like to get each night?
What time do you go to bed?
Do you fall asleep faster on days you get in a good workout or run?

This post was sponsored by The Sleep Advisor. All thoughts and opinions are my own.ย 

12 comments

  1. Lisa @ Mile by Mile

    I usually go up to bed at 8:30 during the week and fall asleep by 9. Im up around 4:30 and usually don’t even need to set an alarm. On the weekends I wake up at that time too, 5 at the latest. Its bad because I really cant stay up late anymore. I start to get really cranky after 9pm!
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    1. Kristina

      WHOA I am so impressed that you don’t even need an alarm! I am sure getting 8 hours of sleep helps with that. I should probably go to bed earlier but I find it such a struggle to balance going to bed early and spending time with Adam. I feel like at night is the only time we get to see each other during the week!

  2. Hanna @ minimal marathoner

    I am not like the poster above at all: I don’t care if I get 15 hours of sleep, there is no way my body ever naturally wakes up at 430 – 5 am. Ever. Some people are just early risers though and I am decidedly not one of them! Also, despite being in the M-F work grind for years now, I still cannot naturally wake up at the same time on weekends. I just can’t! I need to sleep in!!

    I have to wake up at 4:45 for my AM runs, so I try to go to bed around 8:45 and end up getting 7ish hours. I wish it could be more but I just can’t get to bed earlier!
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    1. Kristina

      I never wake up naturally during the week at 5am, BUT sometimes on the weekend my body will surprise me by waking me up at 5am and not letting me fall back asleep (#TheWorst)!

      I remember when you were an evening runner! You did such a great job making the commitment to morning running. I want(ed) to be a morning runner but I just can’t pull myself out of bed an earlier than I have to be up!

  3. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    I got tired just reading this and I even got 9 hours of sleep last night! So during the school year I get up at 5:15 and I am normally in bed during the 8 o’clock hour. I lay in bed and fiddle around on my phone. I ideally I fall asleep in the 9 o’clock hour but sometimes it is ten. I try not to look at the clock! It’s okay if I get one night of bad sleep but when there are 2-3 in a row, I start to feel like a zombie like you!
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    1. Kristina

      Nine hours! That sounds glorious! I love sleeping in on the weekends. Usually on Sundays I sleep in until 11am ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Lisa @ TechChick Adventures

    7 hours seems to be a very good amount of sleep for me. When I’m camping I do get around 8 hrs of sleep, but then I feel a bit sluggish. It’s odd sleeping in my camper because I can’t see an alarm clock and I just go by feel. We run a fan at night so it’s the perfect white noise to keep everyone snoozing. At campgrounds there are always early risers which would wake us up before we used the fan trick.
    I’m glad to hear you are getting to bed earlier now!! yes, you need that sleep ๐Ÿ™‚
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    1. Kristina

      Ohhhh yes I know what you mean about the white noise. Adam and I used to fall asleep listening to a fan too. I don’t know why we stopped!
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  5. Ana

    I’m like Megan, I got sleepy reading how much you sleep!

    Do you have better luck with traffic earlier in the day? At my office, 20 minutes before 7:30 makes a world of difference, and 5 minutes at the end of the day can mean being 20 minutes in traffic.

    When you take a nap? Does it affect your sleeping schedule?
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    1. Kristina

      I DO have better traffic in the early mornings! It used to take me like 1.5 hours to get to work and now it takes me 45 mins (most days)! SUCH a difference and that’s why it’s worth it to me to get up at such an ungodly hour!

      Nope, taking a nap actually makes me more tired! Especially if it’s a long nap! Sometimes I contemplate just not even getting up and sleeping through the night (but then I end up wanting dinner)!
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  6. Karen Bayne

    I try to get in bed a few nights a week by 9 and hopefully be out shortly after. I get up a few days a week before 5 so I can run. Most nights I go up about 9:30. I feel best when I sleep about 9 hours, but i rarely get quite that much.

  7. Susan

    I totally value my sleep which means during the week, I fall asleep by 8 PM — up at 3:30 – 4:00 AM. On the weekends I stay up later but sometimes I can catch a quick nap if we are home watching baseball or golf on TV on Sunday afternoon (if I don’t get a nap, it’s not a huge deal). It does help we don’t have kids and I have a flexible work schedule. Without good sleep, I am really no good ๐Ÿ™‚

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