The sleeping woman is awake and ready to blog. Haha! I’ve not written an update on this 30-day Sleep Challenge for almost 3 weeks now because… well, I’ve been sleeping! A lot. Early.
I think Early to bed and early to rise will be my routine from now on. There are many benefits like having better mood, improved work and sports performance, etc. I will write about them soon.
There’s just a question I have to answer first:
Why did I, for years, prefer to sleep and wake up late?
It was by choice. My work and activities did not require me to sleep late. I just chose it.
I remember reading about Dr Phil’s Life Laws. Out of the ten, I can recall only one and now it can explain why I did what I did.
People do what works.
All behaviors have a payoff. If a particular behavior gives some value to you, you continue to do it.
Yes, I think that applies. I slept and woke up late because it worked for me. I enjoyed the benefits. Although now that I espouse the early to bed habit, I acknowledge that sleeping late also has its benefits:
1. Silence. No chatter. Very little road noise. Quiet neighbors. While everyone else sleeps, I can concentrate on whatever it is that I’m doing, be it reading, doing a project, or blogging. It’s a serene time and I like it.
2. Moon and stars. Beautiful. Romantic.
3. Cooler temperature. These days, temperatures can reach up to 30 C during the day. With 77% humidity, that’s uncomfortable! At night, it’s a cool 26 C.
4. Parties and get-togethers. They usually start early in the evening but continue late into the night. I will miss a lot of the fun if I leave early.
5. Faster internet speed. Yes, that’s what I have at night.
I’m sure that other night owls can add many more reasons to my list.
The obvious conclusion: Sleeping late also has its benefits.
Having said this, I must admit that since I experimented with different sleeping routines* this month, sleeping early is still my favorite.
I’ll write about the reasons soon.
Meanwhile, it’s almost 9 PM and I’m getting sleepy.
Good night, my friends!
* sleeping routines I tried:
- early to be, early to rise
- early to bed, late to rise
- late to bed, late to rise
- late to bed, early to rise.
Read more about this series:
- Sleep Challenge Introduction
- Day 4: Dear bedtime, I have a confession
- Day 6: I have to sleep on this
- Day 26: 5 Benefits of sleeping late
- Day 30: Why I became a Benjamin Franklin fan
- Conclusions: 5 Benefits of rising early
- How to become an early riser