Dec 7, 2015

Waking up at 5am Challenge (via @Refinery29)

I used to be a night owl, but something crazy happened once I turned 30... I actually started appreciating sleep! Yes, sleep... the thing we used to cry and fight about as kids... it's just this beautiful thing that you don't realize is as precious as gold until you become an adult.

With that said, I started paying more attention to the amount of sleep I was getting once I received a Fitbit Charge HR for my birthday back in June. If you want to be faced with some cold, hard facts just look at your Fitbit stats at the end of the week and see how much sleep you're actually getting each night. It was sobering. I realized I was averaging maybe 5-6 hrs of sleep a night and it was a wake-up call that I needed to implement a schedule.

Turning up instead of sleeping

So, where am I today? I'm getting more sleep each night (averaging between 6-8 hrs), but I'm not really waking up any earlier in the morning. In fact, my alarm usually goes off around like 630a, then I snooze for maybe 45-60 mins, then start thinking about what I should do with my life lol. My morning routine is a shit show and I know that it's time to "grow the fuck up" and put a plan into place. Seriously.

When I saw xoNecole share a post from Refinery29 on "5 Days of Waking Up Early" I knew this was perfecting timing and something I needed to try. So, this week (Mon - Thurs only) I'll be giving this 5am challenge a try.





1 comment:

Antonia said...

While I know I can't handle waking up at 5am I too have been working on waking up earlier. I have ALWAYS been a night owl. I just feel I was born that way. I do some of my best thinking and work at the wee hours of the night/morning. However, I'be been making an effort to get up early enough to not only get myself ready for the day but wait for it...actually make myself breakfast (even though I'm not really a morning eater) AND take my dog for a walk (something I am ashamed to admit I never used to do before work). Her erratic behavior in the new house is what spun all of this. So far I'm feeling really good about it. However I'm finding that around 1pm I am completely crashing and ready for a nap. The problem for me too with this is my boyfriend and I are away from each other all day and I want to be up in the evening spending time together but the earlier I get up the less I have energy for evening activities...God forbid a friend asks me to go for an after work drink :/ He has to be up way earlier than me and I already see how tired he is in the evening. I hate that.

Good luck with this challenge! Can't wait to hear how it goes for you. Maybe you can provide some tips about the perfect balance.
-Antonia

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