Switching to a consistent sleep schedule has been the biggest win that I’ve had over the past year. It is interesting that such as small change has had a positive impact on my life. Waking up early comes naturally to me and I’ve started exercising regularly which has led me to make healthier food choices — life is good!
An energy drink in the afternoon is no longer needed to help me get through the day.
This has also cascaded into my professional life as my productivity is up and my creativity has skyrocketed. And I’ve done this while still having the time in the evenings to meet up with family and friends.
Today, I’ll share with you the framework that I use to maintain a social life and still wake up early. It will work for you whether you already wake up early or are just getting started.
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You can think of sleep as a sort of Investment Retirement Account (IRA). As you make consistent deposits from a portion of each paycheck that you receive, then your portfolio grows over time from the power of compounding. This is why financial experts recommend that you start saving for retirement early so your money has time to work for you.
Each consistent night of sleep is like a deposit so when you have good sleep hygiene and go to sleep at the same time each night and wake up at the same time each morning, then this schedule helps your body know when it is time to power down for bedtime and when to wake up so you are ready for the day.
Have you ever noticed how you felt rested and refreshed after a good night of sleep?
Now think of a time where you had a few rough days and nights — maybe you were sick from the flu and didn’t sleep well that week. You probably were sluggish and miserable until you got better and then you started sleeping normally again. This is why you can’t “catch up” on sleep by simply sleeping all day when you are sleep deprived. The best way to fix this issue is to move back to a consistent sleep schedule where you go to bed at the same time each night and then rise at the same time each morning. The National Sleep Foundation recommends 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night — adjust in your favor so you get a little more sleep than you need. Remember that you are building up consistent deposits which will help you bounce back quickly from a late evening out with friends and family. [Read more…] about You can wake up early and you don’t need to give up your social life