What if You Just Don’t Have the Full 8 Hours to Devote to Sleep in the First Place?
If you remember from reading one of the earlier paragraphs, one of the problems that people typically face is not having enough hours in the day. This can happen fairly easily, especially if you’re trying to pack a full-time career and family obligations into your life. It’s extremely difficult to work a full-time job, come home to clean the house and cook a meal, and then take care of all of your other family obligations while being fully present for each of them. While this would be nice in an ideal world, it doesn’t always work that well in reality. More often than not, you end up burning the midnight oil to the point that you’re lucky to get three or four hours of sleep at night. While you might be able to get away with that for a short while, it won’t be very long until your body and your brain finally force you to get the sleep you need , one way or another. If you can’t devote eight hours to sleeping, make it a point to devote at least six. If something that is extremely out of the ordinary happens and you’re short on sleep for a night or two, that’s one thing. Doing it over and over again so that it becomes a way of life is another thing entirely.
Setting a Regular Schedule
One of the things that can help you get the sleep you need is to set a regular schedule. That means making the effort to go to bed and get up at the same time every day, whether you have work that day or not. This is difficult for most people. It’s easy to get into the mindset that if you have the next day off, you can stay up as late as you want, maybe even half the night. The problem is, it throws off your sleep cycle and then you spend the next several days trying to get back on track. The next time you have a work day that rolls around, you’re likely to find it exceptionally difficult to get up when that alarm goes off and it’s likely to get more difficult as the day goes on. That’s why setting a regular schedule is so important. It’s probably going to be difficult in the beginning, but once you get into that rhythm, your body will feel a lot better and your mind is likely to perform better.