Hello everyone :).
It’s an absolutely beautiful day here in Boston! The sun is shining, there are very few clouds, and it’s a nice temp (in the low 70s). After taking my mom to the airport this morning, my roommates and I decided to soak up some rays in our barely there backyard. I got way too hot after about an hour and then came back inside haha. Even though it isn’t that warm out, sitting directly in the sun makes it feel much hotter!
CJ is still incredibly scared today, and he won’t come out of my closet unless I grab him and pick him up :(. He also hasn’t eaten or had any water…I’m getting kind of worried! I know he’s probably just really freaked out about being in a new place and being taken from his momma, but it’s breaking my heart to see him so frightened!
Anyway, the first two nights that my mom and I were in Boston this week, I slept like absolute crap. I couldn’t fall asleep and then I woke up multiple times during the night and had difficulty going back to sleep afterward. Both of the following days I felt like crap too. My energy was very low, my muscles were tired (and they had no reason to be), I was kind of on the grumpier side, and overall I just felt really blah. I was once again reminded of how important sleep is to me.
I am a person who needs a lot of sleep. Actually, about 9 hours a night is right where I feel the best. Anymore or less than that and I am fatigued all day long. I realize that a lot of people can get by perfectly fine with 6-8 hours of sleep a night. I can’t….at all. I’ve tried. When I get less than 9 hours a night consistently, I start to get sick. My throat will get sore and other “cold-like” symptoms will start to develop.
Also, when I am really tired from a lack of sleep, my workouts are crappy and my healthy eating goes down the drain. If I’m tired I tend to crave more junk food and since my mind isn’t well-rested I’m more likely to give in to those cravings. And well, if that happens a lot I just don’t feel good about myself.
I consider sleep an extremely important part of life- and not just any life, but a healthy one. A lot of people are surprised that I am able to get 9 hours of sleep most nights even while being in graduate school. Yes, I work my ass off and I study a lot. But I also know that if I don’t get my sleep, then all that studying won’t pay off for exams and my work will not be the best. I make sleep a priority.
A lot of my friends actually make fun of me because I tend to go to bed early, even on the weekends. Sure, on occasion I’ll stay up really late when we go out to the bars or something, but my body just isn’t made to do that all the time. I get way too tired, and it isn’t usually something I can snap out of. And frankly, I just really don’t want to feel bad the next day either. I want to be able to approach my days with a refreshed mind and body :).
And speaking of late nights- tonight will probably be one. A group of us are planning to go out in downtown Boston. I haven’t had a late night in a while, so this will be fun! And I have no obligations tomorrow so I can sleep as late as I like to ensure I get enough hours of zzz’s.
Hope you all are having wonderful Fridays!
How much sleep do you tend to get?
Are you able to stay up really late all the time?