I used to be in the "I'll sleep when I'm dead" camp. And although there's always an exception to the rule, I am now "older and wiser" and realize how important sleep is in my life. If I skimp out the night before work, I'm drowsy and much less productive. Plus I just feel like crap! So I count backwards from whenever I know I need to wake up, and crawl under the covers no later than 7 hours prior.
So are you counting enough sheep? Here's some suggestions:
- Schedule in sleep. yes I know you're scheduling in appointments, lunches and exercise already. But allot 7-8 hours a night to rest. Turn off the computer, tv, and dim the lights.
- Take work outside. Only have sex and sleep in your bed. Don't bring in the computer or papers to grade.
- Relax. Having trouble falling asleep? Make sure to turn off all electronics 1 hr before trying to sleep and avoid bright lights. Have a cup of herbal (non-caffeinated) tea. Read a light book. Meditate. Think soothing thoughts. Take Deep breaths.
How'd you sleep last night? How much do you sleep on average? How can you rearrange your schedule to make sleep more of a priority.