Stop sleeping too late and mornings are for the gym!

Getting plenty of sleep and drinking enough water are the two main reasons I keep a youthful appearance well into my thirties. I am sure of it, that sleep is good, but one can always wonder the possibilities to get things done with less snoozing time. This blog entry will be about how sleeping is a determent to reaching my potential.

Over my vacation I planned out this whole new workout schedule for me to try. Before work on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays I would go to the gym. On some points that would mean waking up before 7:00 in the morning. On my first week back in NYC I did not even attempt this, and as usual set my final alarm ringing for about twenty minutes before I left for my commute each morning.

If only I can do this workout schedule it would be beneficial in so many ways. Being consistent and going four days a week I’d be in great shape. My weekend evenings would be free to skateboard, write, blog, read, or any other activity. My weekends, weather permitting, I could skate as much as I wanted. I stopped going to the gym in April or May, and I need to go back. But with summer and fall weather it’s a bummer to go after work. The morning would be ten times better.

However every morning I have war with my alarm clock.  I set the alarm about an hour before I have to get up. When it goes off it is a shock to me, then I reset it for an hour, and the second time it goes off I’m also shocked by it. Depending on when I need to get up I’ll press snooze a couple of times. Usually I don’t feel awake until I’m showered and dressed and I don’t really feel comfortable until I have coffee. Left to my own natural devices I would sleep until noon everyday.

On my vacation, some relatives I haven’t seen in awhile were amazed that I could sleep past noon everyday. I don’t know what it is, but I feel so comfortable in bed that sometimes I don’t want to leave it. Probably a favorite part of each night or even my existence is when I wake up in darkness and I realize I can continue to sleep.  I do think for whatever reason I get my deep sleep in the morning. Perhaps I go to sleep too late, or I am sleep deprived during the week, but I’m super drowsy in the morning.

Early risers do have a lot of benefits, and perhaps a more structured day is better. Now I wake up, go to work, and come home and do a variety of things. Maybe a schedule of wake up, go to gym, go to work, and come home to a planned out activity whether it’s reading, writing, or maybe even a class.

Breaking the cycle of lazy man sleeping is important for me. I’ve had jobs before that I had to report to work at 6 am. I get up early when I travel. It is humanly possible to wake up early regularly. So Monday is D-day for me and I think if I’m able to make a new routine in a couple of months I’ll be happier and in better shape.

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