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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

R and R

I know I'm getting old. I'm slowly, but surely, coming to terms with it. When I woke up this morning, I was not only suffering from THE PLAGUE THAT WILL NEVER EVER GO AWAY, but also was having back spasms. Nathan slept with us all night last night (I think he's still under the weather), which I think contributed to my back pain ... but man.

This brings me to something I've realized recently: the true value of sleep. I think many Americans - particularly moms - believe that sleep is a luxury. We feel guilty if we get too much, you know, because we could have been really "productive" during that time. Well, with my broken back and darned lousy immune system, I understand that it's not a luxury. Sleep is a necessity that I need to make time for.

So, in the next couple of weeks, I'm working on a couple of things:
  1. Weaning myself from extraneous TV programs that just keep me up too late. Even with DVR, you have to figure out a time to watch it. But man, I really loves TV.
  2. Going to bed by 10:30 at least 5 nights per week. I think this is going to be really difficult for me. I don't mind "going to bed", but I usually read or now that I have a new laptop (thank you Targo!), work on interwebs-related things. You know what? I'm just going to have to do that from 9:30 to 10:30.

I'm sure there were more things, but I can't think of them right now.

Any ideas of how to implement this HUGE life change?


Shannon said...

I can still remember the day when I sat down and forced myself to cancel the majority of my season passes on the tivo. It sort of made me a little nauseous but I closed my eyes and did it. And you know what, I didn't miss them. I actually felt better not watching them. I still have a few shows I watch but tv in the evenings is now a rare thing. You can break the addiction. You can do it!!

Marianne said...

You're an inspiration, Shannon!! Thank you!

SoMi's Nilsa said...

My husband and I struggle with the sleep issue, too. We both wake up early for our jobs (5AM), so going to sleep early is a must. We're lucky if we're in bed by 10:15, but we really need more sleep than that. Every once in a while, we just turn the TV off at 9 and get ready for bed. And we feel so much better for it! I say, start off little by little. This week, make yourself go to sleep 5-10 minutes earlier than you normally do. And each week, keep working back in 5-10 minute increments until it feels normal to go to sleep earlier!

AJU5's Mom said...

Luckily for me, my husband likes to go to bed at 9pm. We don't have a tv in our bedroom, so when it is bed time, it s normally lights out (I will sometimes read, but only until he comes to bed). But, when he is gone, I tend to stay up later than normal. It is a lot harder for me to force myself to get off the computer/stop watching tv/stop reading when I don't have someone else doing the same thing (and my daughter does not count!).