Since it’s February first (and also since it’s Friday and I’m sitting on my threadbare couch singing along to “Javert’s Suicide: Soliliquy” on Pandora), I will write about my first of twelve 2013 resolutions. In January, I resolved to get seven and a half hours of sleep every night in the hope that it would be the remedy to a host of problems: grumpiness, bad skin, stress-eating.
I am pleased to report that I did quite well with the first resolution. I think I got seven and a half hours almost every night except for one or two when I couldn’t fall asleep. (Like, um, two nights ago when I spent an hour whispering potential pun-ny WVT taglines to Fiancé-friend: “Teehee…Wedding Victory Tour: Dash-bride and Eng-groom! What do you think?!”) A few nights, I got closer to eight hours, but with my early wake-up for school, it seemed like that was the maximum I could consistently manage. Some days, I had to push my Insanity workouts until the afternoon so I could get more sleep in the morning, but overall, it wasn’t too difficult to make sleeping a priority.
As for the benefits? Well, my skin is better today, and this month, Fiancé-friend can probably attest that I’ve been less grouchy. However, I can’t say for certain that it was the sleep. It could have been my much-lighter schedule or the regular fluctuation of my hormone levels. Disappointingly, despite getting more sleep, I still have obnoxious panda-like under-eye circle, so at some point, I’ll have to learn how to use concealer and foundation. I will say that I felt pretty miserable on the days that I got less sleep–waking up and getting out of bed was really struggle.
So getting sufficient sleep maybe didn’t work the kind of [unrealistic] miracles that I was expecting, but I did achieve my desired goal of making sleep a priority. And now, I’m in the habit of adjusting to get 7.5 hours every night, so I plan to continue this trend as much as possible.
I’m still deciding on my February goal, so I’ll come back to this soon. Now, back to Mica’s regularly scheduled Friday night showtunes-in-the-living room performance. Peace!