I am pretty sure that quite many of you will identify with what I am about to share:
Imagine days and days of hard work. Continuously. You wake up at 07.00, you work like a dog, more than 10 hours per day. You go home at 18.00 or 19.00 (sometimes even later). You tidy up. You cook. You eat. The clock on the wall shows 22.00. Maybe time for some Netflix, maybe some book reading. Certainly time for bed. Soon.
If you are unlucky enough (like me) to have to take care of other activities (such as studies or extra courses), weekdays become unbearable. You literally have no time for anything. Just basic stuff. Shower, Food, Bed. Repeat.
But hey, it is not over. You lay down and take a look at your bedside clock. 23.00. You start thinking about your next day’s busy schedule. You feel the stress building up and that the day has passed by without practically having spent any time for yourself. You finally fall asleep at around midnight (if not later). The same story repeats itself. Wake up Kallio, it is 07.00 in the morning (never happens as I hit the snooze button at least 4 times before I get up)!
Although I normally sleep up to 6-7 hours per day, I very often feel extremely tired every morning I wake up. Coffee does not usually help (but maybe that happens because I have an unusually high level of tolerance to caffeine). Weeks of such repetitive non-sleeping activity only end up for me feeling more and more tired, weaker and grumpier. Day by day, week by week.
The reason is simple, I know it already. I just need sleep. Regular, scheduled sleep. But how can I get that with a schedule like that?
The answer came by itself.
I had one of those days last week. I was feeling absolutely terrible on my way home and was dreading the rest of my day (the few hours of daytime I still had in my hands, hours that would probably be wasted before I would go to bed).
When I arrived, I sat back on my sofa. The next thing you know I am asleep. And I remained like that for approximately 30 minutes – more or less the same amount of time I usually spend browsing. But this time my body gave up. I was snoring and dreaming.
The big surprise came when I woke up. I was not out for long. But surely 30 minutes were more than enough to get me back to my feet again. I hadn’t felt this rested in a really long time. And that got me thinking: Woulnd’t it be nice that we learn to train our brains to nap?
7 hours of sleep is the least amount recommended by scientists. For someone like me, that gets at the most 7 hours of sleep every day (sometime even less), sleeping in during the weekend is not a solution. I can guarantee that.
Find a slot in your schedule to nap. Seriously. Nap for half an hour per day (if not per day try and squeeze 15 mins of power napping) or once every two days. You will still have enough time to do your housework, chores or whatever else you have planned and feel fresh enough to do so. Most of the times you will not even have to plan your napping. You will know, if your eyelids get heavy when you’d prefer to be awake.