Time To Get More Sleep

Whilst we’re all banging on about New Year’s Resolutions, it seems like the perfect opportunity to make a promise to myself. Not a resolution you understand, because I never make them – they inflict too much pressure. But I need to make a promise to myself this year that I get more sleep.

Burning the candle at both ends

I am the first to admit that last year, I was awful. If anyone burnt the candle at both ends then it was me. Obviously, having a child means I am up early most days, but then I wasn’t going to bed until really late either (and I mean really late!) and it really did take its toll on me, physically and mentally.

Why was this happening? Several reasons really. I was working hard on the blog. Really hard. I was cramming in the hours’ way after the husband had started snoring and then on the nights where I gave myself some time off, I would stay up late and make sure that I caught up on the other things I wanted to do, like read my book or catch up on my favourite television programmes. I knew I would feel awful the next morning but I still saw hours on the clock that I really shouldn’t.

Time for a break

It wasn’t until December that I realised that it couldn’t go on this way. I became really, really tired. Exhausted is probably a better description. Not only was I tired but I was grumpy too. No one likes being grumpy and no one likes living with someone who is grumpy. I didn’t like who I was becoming.

I had deadlines pretty much every day in the run-up to Christmas and I had to hit them, there was no way I couldn’t. So, I ploughed on through it and it was during this time that I decided to take a Christmas blog break. I needed some time for me. I needed a rest. I needed to put myself first, I needed to get more sleep and that’s just what I did.

I got more sleep!

It was the best thing I could have done. I honestly didn’t open my beloved laptop for over a week. I’ll be honest, I didn’t even want to. I knew that what I was doing was doing me the world of good and my family saw a change in me instantly. I had taken the stress away from my life and was enjoying family life again.

I am never going to be the sort of person that’s tucked up in bed by 10 pm, despite having an extremely comfortable bed, I am a natural born night owl, and this will never change, but I certainly wasn’t seeing 2 am anymore! (I know, I know, what was I thinking?!)

So, I knew that I needed to get some order in my life. I needed to set myself a routine and stick to it. I need to make sure that I continue to get more sleep than I was getting last year, for my own health, state of mind and for my boys.

A new routine

So, I have set myself a schedule that consists of me working on my blog four nights a week. I know what I’ve got to write and when I’m going to write it and I have it all in my calendars so I know exactly what I’m doing each night. I feel so much better already and I’m only a week in. I know there will times when I have to mix it up a bit and this is fine, but I also know I need to stick to the structure as much as possible, otherwise, I will end up back to square one again.

I’m lucky that I don’t struggle to sleep these days. When I’m really tired, my head only has to hit the pillow and I can be out like a light. I did go through a stage last year where the complete opposite happened, but I think that may have been because I was too tired. These days I’m fortunate enough to nod off quite easily and I swear it’s down to my new schedule. I’m more organised and less stressed, and that can only be a good thing, right?

 

Have you ever been in a similar situation? Do you get enough or do you need to get more sleep? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

 

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6 Comment

  1. Reply
    Cheshire Sen Tutor
    11th January 2018 at 7:25 am

    Sleep is so important isn’t it, well done for prioritising it. I’m still in the ‘sleep deprived’ phase (it better be a phase!) of parenting at the moment- so a little bit jealous

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    Sarah Dixon
    11th January 2018 at 10:17 am

    Sleep is so important – we all feel better when we get enough of it. I don’t often. Sarah #sharingthebloglove

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    Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons
    13th January 2018 at 6:54 pm

    Well done! I took a big blog break over Christmas too and it was absolutely wonderful. I’ve come back to my blog feeling refreshed and my motivation is back. Having said that, I’m getting less sleep than before Christmas – joys of a baby who doesn’t sleep! Wishing you a very successful year of blogging ahead! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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    thesingleswan
    14th January 2018 at 10:29 am

    Sleep is soooo important. It can really change the way I feel about the day, how effective I am at work, how frustrated I am with my son, everything. Good on you for making this your 2018 goal. Pen x #ablogginggoodtime

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    mackenzieglanville
    16th January 2018 at 5:11 am

    It is funny that I came to read this post today as I use posted yesterday about buying myself out over the weekend and how I felt compelled exhausted and yes grumpy! It is awful isn’t it! I am so happy you took the week to just rest and so other things. Sometimes I feel like my blog takes too much of me and yet it is also my passion and a great release. Great post! Thank you for linking this up with us at #ablogginggoodtime

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    Laura (@dearbearandbean)
    16th January 2018 at 12:16 pm

    I took at break over Christmas too and it was just what I needed. I find having a plan makes me more productive in the time that I do have to blog. Good luck with 2018.Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

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