Quote of the Week: Sleep

I'm constantly learning from Mr. Merlin, my dog (yes, that's him above.) Patience, loyalty, confidence, the importance of joie de vivre, sass, a good work ethic, honesty, being genuine, the power of yes, and the power of sad/pleading eyes...but, lately, I've been noticing how much importance he puts on sleep.

True, he doesn't have a full-time job, a blog, a husband, a pet, a social life (aside from the dog park & visiting his best friend, Annie)...he has no responsibility aside from being himself and doing what he wants...but let's just put that aside for a minute and talk about how much he sleeps.

If left alone, he would sleep 20 hours a day, divided by time on the bed, on the couch (further divided by time on my lap, Husband Charles' lap, or between us), and in front of the heater. He takes his sleep very seriously and I'm starting to get a feeling I need to do the same.

My MO has always been to try to cram as much as possible into a single day. It's almost like a sport for me. A full-time job, followed by a blog post or two, cleaning the apartment, going grocery shopping, doing the dishes, the laundry, walking Merlin at his designated times, and having coffee with a friend, followed by a few hours of gaming with Husband Charles late into the night is not unheard of. The evenings usually end in me blacked out on the couch and Husband Charles ushering me to bed around 1am so I can wake up at 6am and do it all over again. (Remember, I work NYC hours, so work starts at 6:30am.)

Occasionally, my body shuts down. I end up feeling absolutely horrible and need to go to sleep at 7pm and sleep straight until the morning. Naturally, I feel a gazillion times better the next day. I'm focused, ready for work, for play, for everything...I've never been one for just sitting and doing nothing. I'm my father's daughter...constantly tinkering, cleaning, organizing, working...if things need to get done, I'll do them. I've even stopped being a martyr about it...because I have no one to blame for this behavior but myself.

So, I'm going to experiment this week. I'm taking a tip from the pup and sleeping. I'm gonna shoot for, at least, 7 hours a night. So, bed time will be 11pm. I'm going to try my hardest not to let the temptations of videogames, reality television (ok, maybe just My Strange Addiction), or buzzfeed lead me astray!

...and since we're on the subject, I'm curious. How much does everyone else sleep? Do you have a ritual? Do you have the same schedule every night? Any sleep rules? I'd love to know if there's anything I can do to make my sleep better or to condition myself to sleep more. Someone, help!

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