“Do you know what happens if you type the words 'why am I' into Google? Before you can type the next word, Google’s autocomplete function — based on the most common searches — helpfully offers to finish your thought. The first suggestion: 'why am I so tired?' The global zeitgeist perfectly captured in five words. The existential cry of the modern age.” – Arianna Huffington
For Anyone That Envies Sleeping Beauty
The alarm goes off – you hit snooze. For the third time. You get out of bed, throw on your Monday best, do some sort of bathroom routine, and grab your first cup of coffee. By 9:30 a.m., you're reaching for your second cup, eyes drooping, brain foggy. By lunchtime, you're highly considering finding the nearest broom closet so that you can take a power nap standing up on your break. Cup number [who knows?] keeps you running until that 3 o'clock crash, and you're just about a zombie by the time 5 p.m. rolls around. Is this you? Sort of? Maybe? Just a little?
What is it about Monday mornings that make leaving our pillow a little extra harder? It could be your job. If that's the case, we're here to help. But it also could be that you're abandoning your nighttime routine during the weekend which is throwing your circadian rhythm for a loop. In other words, you're not getting enough sleep, and it's affecting everything - your cognition, your response, your productivity, and even your waist-line. Researchers found that your brain on 48 hours without sleep is equivalent to your brain with a blood alcohol level that is well over the legal limit to drive in every state in the US.
We all know by now that successful people rave about their morning routines, which you may stick to throughout the week, but what about on "Mondaze" when you've been neglecting your sleep schedule and haven't been so strict with your bedtime? Well, research shows that social jet lag (i.e. staying up late and sleeping in later on the weekends) could be responsible for self-reported poor health and an increased risk of heart disease. So even if you think playing catch-up is a good idea on your sacred Saturdays and Sundays, you might want to reconsider. Humans are creatures of habit. And getting a good amount of sleep falls in the "good habit" category, right up there with drinking half your body weight in water (in ounces) throughout the day and minding your P's and Q's.
It doesn't have to be some crazy, elaborate bedtime routine either. The American Psychological Association found that getting just an extra hour to hour and a half of sleep per night can boost your mood, keep your immune system intact, and prevent you from dozing off behind the wheel. So adding in a little extra time to get some more shut-eye is beneficial and could make your Monday a little more bearable. Our other advice? Put your screens away an hour before bed. Studies show that the blue-and-white-light from electronics suppress melatonin levels making it difficult to fall asleep and ultimately messing with our natural sleep cycles.
Not sure what a good nighttime routine looks like? Take advice from some of the greats. Now put your device away and go to sleep!