We're revisiting sleep in today's post. You can see the previous Investing in Health posts here: Diet, Exercise, Sleep, Getting Fit at Forty, Update and BJJ.
Last month I was very stressed. This spawned posts like Letting Go and left me pretty miserable. I also missed a bunch of RetireJapan blog post deadlines ;)
Partly the problem was being busier than usual, but I was also making things worse for myself with bad habits.
Earlier this week I sat down with a notebook and decided the biggest issues are not getting enough sleep (I seem to be averaging 5-6 hours a night the last few weeks) and wasting time online.
Pretty sure the two are connected, as being sleep deprived saps your willpower and spending a lot of time looking at screens prevents you from sleeping. A classic vicious circle.
I made a few rules that seem to be working well so far.
1. Short nap at lunchtime
I'm not even sure if this counts as a nap, but for the last few days I have been turning off the lights, locking my office door, closing the blinds and lying down on a yoga mat for 10-15 minutes during the lunch break. I close my eyes, relax my body, and breath deeply. I'm pretty sure I don't go to sleep completely, but I do drift off slighly. Doing this makes me feel much better in the afternoon.
2. No computer before classes
I usually get to my office before 7:30, and set off for class at 8:35. Previously I would turn on my computer and get stuck into email etc. immediately, but now I work on paper or clear up my office instead. Makes for a much less harried start to the day.
3. No devices when I get home
I get home quite late (after 22:00) and need to get up early (by 6:00) so getting sucked into online surfing or reading is a bad idea. I previously successfully weaned myself off using my computer in the evening, but my smartphone/kindle had taken over that space and I was back into the negative loop of using device -> don't feel sleepy -> keep using device -> don't get enough sleep. My new rule is no devices at home in the evening, and so far so good (although I stupidly started reading V for Vendetta -the blog subtitle is taken from the comic- again the other day, which was almost as bad!).
Hopefully these new rules will help me be happier, healthier, and more productive. I have quite a few projects I want to get moving on, not least the next RetireJapan Guide (to mortgages).
How about you? Any lifestyle changes you need to be making?