Thursday, 7 September 2017

An Extra Hour

One of the toughest parts about being on holiday was that I seemed to have a lot of trouble sleeping. No matter what I was always waking up around five or six in the morning. That's hardly a good thing when you're getting into bed around two or three in the morning. It didn't completely ruin the holiday for me, but it did dampen my fun.

What it also did though, was grant me an opportunity.

It gave me the chance to adjust my sleeping pattern when I got home. I don't have the best of sleeping arrangements. Even when I wake up I tend to fall back asleep for another half hour or so and it throws my day off entirely. I knew I couldn't keep waking up at six in the morning, but it was entirely possible for me to wake up just an hour earlier than usual.

Let me tell you, it's amazing how much more I'm able to fit into my day by waking up just one hour earlier. I'm less likely to fall back to sleep for some reason. I'm starting work earlier (and ending earlier) so I have more free time to relax and do fun things to unwind at the end of the day. I'm even sleeping better at night because I'm actually tired rather than trying to force myself to sleep.

It's amazing that getting less sleep has somehow increased my productivity. Not only do I have extra time for work, but I'm working harder as well.

I would have to say I recommend just trying it for a few days, and seeing if you aren't perhaps sleeping too much. No one believes me when I tell them that you can do that. If you sleep too much your body gets used to that state. That's what happened to me.

I'm still not a morning person by any means, and I'll never wake up at the crack of dawn again for at least a year, but I am seeing more of the day and it's having quite the boost.


  1. I still want to make myself a bed that just tilt sideways after I've been in it for over eight hours. You know, to force me out of bed. Properly waking can be difficult.

  2. Sounds like the vacation did you a lot of good! And that's why everyone needs a vacation from time to time.

  3. I work shifts so my sleep pattern isn't the best. Good job I can sleep at any time.


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