Waking Up Early (on the Weekend)
Do you have one of those jobs that requires you to wake up early? That is before five AM.
We as American seem to be getting up earlier and working longer hours. Our 24/7 world demands that of us and if you don't conform you are seen as lazy.
Some people feel affronted when you say you get up early others will praise you.
Jason Fitzpatrick writes: "First, sleep deprivation isn’t a badge of honor. It’s a very American/Protestant Work Ethic attitude to act like being so busy and stretched thin that you must go without sleep just to get it all done is something to be proud of."
What this means for me personally is that if I break that pattern. Say I feel like sleeping in on the weekend and I get up at six I will have a hard time getting back up at four-thirty during the week. There may be a name for this but I really haven't looked into it if there is a study or not. The main reason is that it would not help me in my personal situation. That said, it is best if I just maintain that cycle.
This does have the side effect that I my personal life is a little non-existent during the weekends.
If I need to be in bed between eight-thirty and nine every night to ensure that I feel rested the next morning it makes going out and celebrating challenging. Thankfully I have a SO that has a similar pattern so we have plenty of time to do activities together.
Some might suggest that naps can be helpful in such circumstances. While I have made other experiences. When you nap in the afternoon (great idea right, you feel tired) you get some of that energy back that you missed during the day. But when it is time to go to bed you still have that surplus and end up having a hard time falling asleep. That's why for me, it is all or nothing. And as much as I would like to get an hour or two of extra sleep on the weekends or go out I have to stick to my schedule.
When I do that everything is fine.
One of the pluses of having a schedule is that if you go to bed and get up at the same time everyday it is easy being a morning person. You just need to routine to make everything come together. Another bonus, at least during the summer is that when I get up early on the weekend the day seems longer and more productive.
Think of it this way.
If you are out of bed by five every morning during the week you need to be in bed the night before by nine. But if you stay up until two during the weekend and sleep until ten Monday morning is going to be really stressful.
- According to WebMD it is important to stick to a routine.