As much as we’d all like to blame our problems on the world around us, we all know that ultimately, we’re responsible for our own actions.
Sleep is no different. Getting enough rest is incredibly important, and it seems like we all wish we had more of it. Yet for some reason, many of us still stay up way too late and do things that are counter to our sleep goals.
There are a few excuses people make for not getting enough sleep. Read on to find out why you need to catch yourself when you start making excuses!
1. You’re just a night owl
Are you, though? If you’re used to years of going to sleep late at night or in the wee hours of the morning, your body’s circadian rhythm is out of whack. You can train your body and mind to be ready for bed earlier.
Try setting a strict time at which you need to wind down. That means no more screens, phones, work, homework or chores. You’d be surprised how you may feel like you’re not tired at all, but after a while of lying in bed, you will notice your body is more ready to relax than you thought.
2. There aren’t enough hours in the day
We can’t pretend that work, school, family and internal pressures aren’t stressful. However, if it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day, and you find yourself spending precious sleeping time getting things done, then you need to reorganize your schedule.
Not getting enough sleep each night is going to continuously wear you down. You will be more prone to anxiety, and you will feel worse in general. This also has the potential of leading you into a cycle of using stimulants to keep you awake, only to make it incredibly difficult to fall asleep again. It’s a bad cycle.
Make a change in your schedule before this happens.
3. I don’t need that much sleep
For some people, this is true. But for others, it’s just an excuse. If you’re waking up tired, moody, and unmotivated, you’re not sleeping well.
There’s no prize for dragging yourself through life on too little sleep. Treat your body and mind to the rest it needs every day–you’ll find that you have more energy and focus during the hours that you are awake.