I could quite easily come in from work every day, lay down on my bed, and sleep right through until the next morning.
I’m one of the sleepiest people you will ever meet. If I don’t get enough sleep I am grouchy, can easily get emotional and get awful headaches. I had a blood test once to check if I’m anaemic, but apparently I’m a completely healthy individual. I just need lots of bed time.
Rushing around all the time trying to get everything done, I always feel as though I’ve never quite had enough sleep. This is why I fear having children (aside from them freaking me out to the max)… the know that the sleepless nights would cause me such misery.
Requiring 9-10 hours of sleep a night to feel ‘normal’ is extremely irritating. If I prioritised sleep then I’d probably get this much, but there aren’t enough hours in the day as it is! So most nights I get between 7 and 8.
If you’re a sleepy person like me, you may be wondering how I keep myself as active as I do. So, here are my top tips for sleepy people who want to be active in and around their job:
When my Mum gets in from work she puts the kettle on, gets comfy on the sofa and has a cup of tea. This is a dangerous trap. If you let your body rest, it’s really difficult to get back up again and force yourself to exercise. Either go to the gym straight from work, or come home and keep moving. I tend to do warm ups/stretches after work before the gym which primes my body and wakes my body up after it’s been sat down all day.
The snooze button is our greatest enemy. Battling constantly against our alarm for just 10 or even 20 additional minutes with our eyes closed. I find that if I miss snooze, drag myself up and get productive instantly, I actually set myself up for a far better day. It sounds like a line from one of those cheesy entrepreneur books… but when you have a good productive start to the day, it sets you up for a good and productive rest of the day.
Apparently my Gran used to nap on her lunch break. She’d go to her car, put a tea towel over her face (allegedly) and get a good 30 minutes in before returning to work. Admittedly, I haven’t ever tried this as usually my lunch consists of going for a walk, wolfing down food and trying to write a blog post within an hour. However, I may give it a go. When I was a college student I used to nap all the time and it was incredible – ahhh those were the days.
My advice to everybody is to get 8 hours of sleep per night – there should be no compromise (unless obviously your screaming crying baby needs attention.. GAH). Countless studies have proved that lack of sleep leads to all kinds of shit you don’t need in your life. If you’re an iOS user, go to your clock and select the ‘Bedtime’ function to set when you need to go to sleep and when you should wake up to give you 8 hours. Mine is set from 11:00pm to 7:00am.
So, if you’re a sleepy person just know that you’re not alone and it doesn’t have to be the reason that you skip the gym! Your mind may be tired, but if you’ve been sat down all day, your body still has energy to move.