Sleep Schedule Struggle

I’m about three weeks in to the new semester and waking up early seems to be a sisiphysian task.  Why I thought I would just snap into a routine once the semester started, I don’t know, but I have been thoroughly stripped of that illusion.  I  remember when I was in undergrad and my roommate and I were strict about sleeping from 11 pm-7am, but nowadays getting up isn’t as easy as it used to be.  Also, unlike undergrad, I’m drinking coffee on a regular basis, which I used to reserve for only dire situations.  My goal is to wake up at 6:30 am and go to sleep at 10:30 pm, but I’m struggling.

So what’s holding me up?  First and foremost, with all of this cold weather, all I want to do is to stay snuggled up under the covers.  Secondly, I know that I stay up later than I should especially when I have a class to teach in the morning–I’m usually up preparing a powerpoint or spending way too much time giving comments on reading responses.  My class starts at 9:30, but in order to give myself time to commute and arrive in time to prep, I like to leave my house by 8/8:15 at the latest.  My getting at least 8 hours of sleep will surely be a benefit to my students who won’t have to try to decipher a lecture from a groggy instructor.

Generally, time management seems to be the over arching theme of this part of my life (Saturn’s returning in a big way), so I’ve been trying to implement some strategies which haven’t worked full scale, but which seem to have me on the right track.  More than anything, I just need to be in bed earlier–how long it takes me to fall asleep is a different story.  Being more effective with the time I have during waking/working hours is also important, so I’ve been forcing myself to write to-do lists on a daily basis.  Working out is obviously a big help, but I have to ensure that I eat enough to compensate for the calories lost (There’s a 7 am exercise class that I really like, but again….it’s cold outside).  And finally, I just need to be realistic.  I’m more likely to see changes over 15 minute increments or so rather than overnight.

Yes, there are books to read and emails to write, but if I’m true to myself, I’m just not willing to sacrifice sleep on a regular basis.  Cheers to catching some zzzs in my snuggy.

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