The Need For Zzz’s

My goal is to get at least seven hours of sleep every night. When I do, I operate quite well with my busy schedule. Considering I usually wake up at 4:30, it has taken some time for me to develop the habit of getting to bed by 9:00 so I am asleep by 9:30. The reaction I get when friends call at 9:40 – “oh, I woke you?” is funny. Most people have the 10:00 cut off time to call. Last night I was turning my Kindle off and the lights by 9:30 and on my way to sleep. This morning? I could have slept all day. I managed to get up by 5:00 and still get to the pool. Coffee and chlorine usually work wonders in waking me up. Not so much today. After my swim I still needed another cup of coffee to get going.

Fortunately today was my active rest day, so I only swam 2,000 meters. Despite my sleepy state of mind, my body was still working well. I ended my workout with 2 x 100 fast. And I was able to do just that – both were 1:57. For me, that is fast. Because I did get a good night of sleep, I did well through the day and the fog lifted. But I find it odd, even after sleeping 7 solid hours, I was so tired this morning. Then I remembered I am peaking in my marathon training and my body is requiring more rest. I am almost giddy knowing I can sleep in tomorrow morning. In geek athlete language that translates to 6:30. Maybe even 7:00. Normally on a Friday morning I am on my spin bike pedaling away at that time. I have a medium long run tomorrow afternoon, so that is my primary focus.

Knowing what to do and actually doing it is a struggle of the ages. Here I am typing after 10:00 in the evening. I did more today because I didn’t have a workout in the evening and I get to sleep in. Well, I won’t get much more extra sleep if I don’t get to bed soon. Unfortunately sleep is not like reading a book – it is not easy to catch up on. But developing the discipline to do what I know I should do, well that is my work in progress and I am progressing. One day – and night – at a time.


Published by elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

8 thoughts on “The Need For Zzz’s

      1. I’ll do my best… Things just got messy – our home remodel project just got ridiculous… I probably won’t write about it because of insurance liability, but it’s bad. Haven’t slept well lately.

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