Sleep well. Think well.–John Medina
I made a mistake on Friday. I came home after a full-to-bursting week and popped open a caffeinated beverage that I believed would perk me up and propel me through the evening. It did. I continued to spin and whirl and get more done (though now I’m not sure what that all was). Even though I knew that any caffeine after 2:00 pm keeps me awake, I was so depleted from the week that I thought
Going to bed at 10:30, I watched 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30 roll by. Wide awake. It wasn’t any different. Note to self: when breaking the sleep code, my body will respond predictably.
It’s getting colder as we near the end of October. Our bodies want to stay in bed longer. For many of us it’s dark when we wake. “Hibernate,” our natural rhythms whisper.
I haven’t been listening.
From the sound of it many of my colleagues are in the same place. “I’m exhausted,” I hear. “I need to get more sleep.”
So I rewatched this video on sleep:
John Medina’s Video on Sleep
And then this slideshow:
10 Ways to Sleep Better
I reflect on how I “know” these facts, but it doesn’t mean I’m adhering to the advice. So I’m recommitting to no caffeine after 2:00 pm, a regular bedtime, a quiet book to ease me to sleep (excited to start Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert tonight) and more time to sleep. We’ll often encourage the people around us to “grab another cup of coffee” or “indulge in a glass of wine tonight,” but we rarely wish them more and better sleep.
So I’m starting with you. Get more and better sleep tonight and all this week. Take care of yourself. You deserve it.