4When I don’t get enough sleep, in ways, there is a price I pay. First, is how my energy levels are low. I can feel like I’m just going through the motions of life. It can be difficult to connect with others as I just don’t feel as open. My creativity levels drop, so things like writing become a chore rather than a pleasure. 

For most of my life, I’ve set the alarm clock to wake me up in the morning. It’s what I did to ensure I’m up and starting my day on time. Regardless of when I went to bed, it seemed I was always up at the same time.

Around a month ago I stopped setting the alarm. I don’t remember why I did that, but it’s become an interesting experiment to see what difference that would make. My theory was when I have enough sleep I’m going to wake up. In other words, I’m going to get the sleep my body needs each night. 

I consider this experiment a success! I’ve yet to be late for anything, and I feel far more rested as I go through my day. 

Thought of the week

I invite you to join me, and not set the alarm clock for the coming week. The thought of this might be freaking you out a bit. I know I was worried about all the things I’m not going to get done or being late to get somewhere. The truth is I feel like I’m accomplishing more in life by having enough sleep.

If you find it hard to be up in the morning, what is it you are doing at night that keeps you from going to bed earlier? If you don’t feel you have enough hours in the day to get everything done, prioritize your activities, so you accomplish the most important things first. Living a full life is about being at choice so what is it your choosing?

Give it a try this week. Stop setting the alarm as you might just start living a fuller life.