People are always tired because they’re undisciplined in how they sleep. I know this because I’m the same way.
Sluggish, plodding lethargy tends to be my mode of being around 3:00 every afternoon, even if I slept until 7:00. This is because (1) I go to bed late, and (2) I am not consistent with my sleep and waking times.
For most of my life, I was a night owl and an early riser. This served me well when I was on school, working, and playing in a band, with time for a social life. It also helped when I had a small child, went back to school, and had lots of homework.
But a funny thing happens when you’re not 26 anymore . . . you might still feel young, but your body says otherwise.
For the past week, I’ve been experimenting with sleep and wake times to figure out an optimal solution for the afternoon swoon (and general lack of energy). I’ve instituted a relatively strict bedtime between 10:00 and 10:30 p.m., while setting my alarm for 5:00 a.m. to wake up and work out then.
What’s helped me has been:
- Planning this before hand
- Having my workout clothes and shoes laid out
- Putting my phone with the alarm far enough away to necessitate getting up to turn it off
- Sleeping with one window shade open
- Envisioning how good that first cup of coffee or protein shake will taste after my workout