Around the time we moved into this house and I had to walk our dog early (before we had a fence) I realized that getting up around 5am was a natural rhythm for me. I didn’t really have the motivation to do it, other than the dog walking, but if I could get motivated, it felt right. Then I started boot camp which was at 5:30am, and then running which I always tried to do early on the weekends and any weekday I could. All of these things got me to quit fighting to sleep how normal people sleep and to sleep how I knew my body wanted to sleep.
Go to bed early. Wake up early.
I was always a morning person. Even during the age when I was up late drinking or other things…I was still always up early by the standards of my peers. When I decided a few years ago to work with that and go to bed early too? Sleep became a very dear friend. As long as I stick to my schedule, I sleep fine. It’s when the kids interfere with their leg cramps and nightmares, that I have a problem. AS LONG AS I GO TO BED EARLY. Because, even if I’m up late? I still wake up early. I have no ability to squelch that instinct.
So! I got a fitbit. Yesterday was Day 01. I’ve been wanting one for awhile and a “Good Job!” work gift allowed me to make the splurge. Last night was the first night monitoring my sleep and it will now serve as proof that if you find your natural rhythm and don’t fight it? Sleep is much easier.
Y’all…this is a FRIDAY NIGHT. I went to bed at 8pm on a FRIDAY NIGHT. And woke up naturally and rested 8 hours later. Which is good because I’m meeting a group for a run at 6am. I was just excited to see this on paper – the proof that my schedule…ALTHOUGH SUPER LAME…is effective and really does allow me for a good night’s sleep. Now, most nights I can’t get to bed by 8pm because, like this MOnday, we have a soccer game at 7pm. So, the sleep cycle as a whole is usually more 9-4 than 8-4, but still! LOOK AT ALL OF THAT SLEEP.
I hate a lot of things about my body, but my ability to got to bed early is NOT one of them.