Sleep habits are tremendously impactful on one's quality of life. "Sleep habits" doesn't just mean how many hours I clock in each night. "Sleep habits" relates to quality of rest, levels of activity and stress during the day, and what is done in bed!
I am working on solidifying a simple, yet vital habit in my daily life: to wake up, get up, and stay up at the sound of my alarm - or internal buzzing - in the morning. In my years as a teenager, I molded my brain's wiring for hitting the snooze button and sleeping in until the latest hour. Looking back, this behavior probably took a heavy toll on my confidence and energy levels.
Thankfully, I have discovered that 10 times out of 10, waking up, getting up, and staying up promotes a healthier mind, a more productive day, and greater self-confidence.
As with most habit creations, it is necessary that I play with the variables. For instance:
My thoughts while hitting the snooze in bed directly reflect the thoughts associated with procrastination and putting off important to-dos during the day. So, I am finding that the less I procrastinate, the less tempted I am to snooze. When I don't snooze, my confidence builds, I procrastinate less and the cycle continues!
Maybe you're getting the "recommended" 8 hours every night - but what is the quality of those hours? What are you doing before (and after!) turning out the light? What thoughts come into your mind at the sound of the alarm - and which do you act upon?
Ethan Small has been posting to Friendly Warrior since 2013 with his experiences and wisdom to inspire others to improve their quality of life.
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