Going to bed early is seriously underrated. A good night’s sleep? Give that to me. The opportunity to wake up in the morning without feeling like a walking zombie? I’ll take that, any day of the week, including weekends sometimes. The chance to rest on my lazy back without having to sit up or walk around any more? Relaxing and divine, all at once.
When I’m at home and feeling especially tired, I like to go to bed earlier than usual, or at least lay in bed earlier than expected. It’s refreshing to be able to lie down without worrying about anything or anyone, no more chores to do, no more work to prepare, no more people to talk to except the voice inside my head that slowly drifts me to my slumber. Just me and my pillow and the blanket on top of me. Writing this right now, I feel a sudden urge to go right to bed, even though I just drank a long Contigo filled with coffee and it’s almost 1pm and I’m at work. But I can’t help but think about tonight’s sleep, and the sleep after that, and what it’ll be like to go to bed on the weekend without having to worry about what time I get up. The upcoming weekend is a three-day weekend, so it’s even better.
Alex and I both celebrate the early bed time, from time to time. While thinking of blogs to write about, I knew this topic would come up eventually. It’s a necessary part of our work week, as I can’t imagine going to bed any later than 10pm nowadays. Is that weird? Probably, if you’re my mom reading this, knowing I used to be a complete shut-in with constant late-night gaming sessions. Times have changed, I guess, and so have I.
Can’t believe, after all of these blog posts in a row that I’ve written, that I haven’t talked about sleeping yet. Sleeping is so, so enjoyable, and it’s one of my favorite things in the world. I love drifting off to bed with my head’s weight laying down on the pillows, nothing else in mind except the tranquility and relaxation I’m experiencing in this moment. The softness of the pillows, the coziness of the comforters. And nothing feels better than waking up before your alarm, realizing you still have a few more hours of sleep to go, and then drifting back off to sleep another time. I’d like to crystallize that moment and keep it forever, endlessly repeating it over and over until I eventually have to go into work or school or wherever is next. If only it were possible!
Sometimes my anxiety prevents me from falling asleep on time, but I’ve had good luck recently in falling asleep exactly when I need to. I’m almost always tired and ready to go to bed, regardless of what time of the day it is, so if the opportunity presents itself for me to drift off to bed, I’ll take it immediately and with no regrets. Having a strong, sturdy bed with various pillows and a dog sleeping next to the bed definitely helps, although, like I’ve said in other blog posts, having a dog sometimes makes sleeping more difficult than it needs to be. Sometimes you want to sleep for longer during the weekend, and then it’s all wrestled away from you by a dog jumping up on the bed and bothering you until you take him outside. It’s a sensible, ethical alarm clock. Thankfully he’s gotten better at not doing that since we got him his new bed. He’s been a good boy.
In my last post, I spoke briefly about what it’s like to take a nap in the middle of the day, how it affects you later on and in the days afterwards. I’m writing this post the day after taking a long nap during the day, and I feel a bit hazy and tired right now. Still a bit exhausted despite all the sleep I got. I think our bodies get used to sleeping if that’s all we do, and our bodies prevent us from having a fulfilling day.
This isn’t always the case, though. On some days, after a nice short nap, I feel rejuvenated and back in the game, like I just took a long, powerful rest. That’s why they call them power naps, after all; you feel powerful after taking one!
Back when I used to work at a different school, I would be so exhausted from school that I would go home, immediately lie down on my bed, and fall immediately to sleep. It was instantaneous. Partially because I was an anxiety-ridden mess whenever I got home from school, I slept in order to erase the negative feelings I had in my head during the day. The sleep helped me forget the bad times and close my eyes. If you have anxiety, you probably know what I mean when I say that every hour spent awake is another hour spent worrying about something inconsequential and frustrating. When you’re asleep, that’s less time getting worked up over nothing. That’s how naps help with anxiety, along with exercise and other important things like that.
This all being said, taking a nap is one of the most enjoyable things you can do, especially if you need one badly and you set an alarm to make sure you don’t oversleep or anything like that.