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Sleeping In Is Overrated

January 9, 2010
Like the majority of people out there, I used to always look forward to the weekends mostly so that I could take advantage of the opportunity to sleep in. During my high school years, I was never really one for sleeping in much. But come time for university, many late nights resulted in my sleeping in regularly until almost noon! I was so stressed and tired with the school work load, and of course did my share of partying during those four years, so the extra sleep was more than welcome. Once I had been in the work world for a year, and moved into my own home by myself, the hours of extra sleep diminished naturally, but I still found myself looking forward to the weekend for that extra sleep.

One month ago, I started my second little job of taking care of cleaning the barn where I board my horse every Sunday morning. The owners of the farm gave me the option to come and to the work basically whenever I wanted during the course of the morning. I didn’t want to waste my entire day for a few hours of work, so I figured the easiest thing to do would be to stay on my usual work schedule – get up with my alarm and get to the farm for 8am, just like I do for my full time job. This new job left me with only one day where I could possibly sleep in. After some thought, I realized, the best thing for me and my body would be to just leave my alarm on 7 days a week and just take advantage of having the opportunity for a lazy Saturday morning.

This is the 5th Saturday that I’ve gotten up with my alarm and you know what? I’m actually really liking this early wake up! I’m writing this while all cozy on the couch, coffee in hand, as I watch it gradually get lighter outside. I’ve already got one load of laundry in the dryer, and after one more cup of coffee, I’ll be ready to get on with my day! The best part about it, is that I’ll be ready to get going before 9am! 6 weeks earlier, I was still just barely dragging myself out of bed around that time! It’s amazing the kind of day you can have when you actually have a whole entire day to do whatever you like! I really honestly think that I am always going to try and get up early because even the extremely quiet downtime that I am having right now is so incredible after a long week at the office. I much prefer being able to enjoy it while actually being conscious!

Are you one who sleeps in all the time on weekends, but then finds that there’s no time to get things accomplished? I highly recommend staying on your normal weekday schedule and see what happens!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Ebony Jewel permalink
    January 11, 2010 1:30 am

    I rarely ever sleep in on the weekends. I just don't have time – because I travel a lot during the week, I find the weekends are the only time that I have to get stuff done. Whether that means getting up early to get my hair done, getting up early to have my car serviced or just getting up early to enjoy the comfort of my own home. I've never been a late sleeper, for some reason, sleeping late makes my stomach hurt & it makes me feel lazy all day!

  2. Meg permalink
    January 11, 2010 3:11 pm

    i definitely am guilty of sleeping in on the weekends. I just cannot function properly without 8 hours of sleep..and I go to bed way later on the weekends. but if I wake up really late, I always get annoyed at wasting half my day sleeping.

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