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.