Never underestimate the the importance of sleep. Why do I say that? Because it’s now 7:45 a.m. and after waking up at 5:30 a.m. to get ready for work I’m sitting here wishing that I went to bed earlier.
I’m currently on break from school for the summer. So yes, I’ve already started my spring/summer job. One thing I’ve realized so far is that it feels good to make your own money. However, it takes a lot of hard work and increased responsibility. People depend on you to complete your tasks and do so effectively.
Now this is where the importance of sleep comes in. This is my second week and it’s sad to say that it’s taken me this long to realize that I should have already been in bed by 10:00 p.m. I’m way too exhausted to even start work right now. I’m yawning every five minutes and my body feels quite lethargic. Also, since I’m not an avid coffee drinker there is nothing to give me a quick boost in the morning.
Another observation I’ve made is that throughout the day at work, I’m also yawning. Quite frankly, sitting at a desk in front of a computer doing data entry and answering the phone all day doesn’t help me feel any less sleepy.
Side note: As I’m writing this there’s a cute guy on the train that keeps looking this way. Our eyes keep connecting but I’m trying my best to ignore it 😉
Back to my Eureka moment. So another incident that helped me come to a realisation was when I arrived home on Monday and fell asleep on my bed at 8:00 p.m. Yes, I was so tired that I wasn’t able to take a shower or even brush my teeth before bed. It was the equivalent to passing out from exhaustion. But for me it was not only being tired from a day’s work but also working for eight and a half hours with only three hours of sleep. During the semester at university it was usually okay for me to run on only a few hours of sleep because I knew I would have sizeable breaks between classes. On those breaks I would take naps to make up for my lack of sleep the night before. However, I obviously can’t do that now.
So that night I slept from 8:00 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. the next morning and boy did I feel great when I woke up. I was well rested and definitely now yawning as I would have been running on my usual three to five hours of sleep.
This morning as I’m on my way to work again, I’m reflecting on the one day this week I felt great about going to work. Now, the question is whether I’ll be in bed by 10:00 p.m. tonight. The chances are very slim but I’ll see how the day goes.