|| ON SLEEP || A little over a month ago, I left a job I’d been working for two years, which had me on a wildly varying work schedule—starting anywhere from 8am and ending as late as 2am. As you might guess, my sleep schedule was all over the place and the quality of my sleep was often diminished.
As a result, so much else in my life suffered. I felt zapped of energy much of the time, suffered from mental fog, and felt near-constant malaise, ranging from low- to high-grade. I had trouble finding energy for regular exercise, apart from that required to teach yoga—which I was doing a fair bit of. (But my own practice fell way off, which was not only a detriment to me, but to my students—as I was missing out on many opportunities to learn from other instructors as well as to continue to develop my own practice, both of which would have positively informed my teaching.) I struggled to find bandwidth for relationships outside my primary romantic relationship and that with my dog. I mostly stopped writing—lacking energy and mental clarity—unless it was for my freelance work. Really, my world shrank.
Since leaving that job, I’ve gotten into a more regular sleep schedule and—wouldn’t you know it!—much in my world has shifted. I feel SO much more clear-headed and energized. I feel like I have more space for the maintenance of friendships. I have energy for my own practice, cycling, other exercise. Friends! I went to FIVE yoga classes this week! That hasn’t happened in what feels like eons.
I still don’t feel like I’m back to normal but, what strides I’ve made already—in large part because I’m on a regular sleep schedule.
SLEEP IS SO IMPORTANT, Y’ALL!
I knew very well that that cycle wasn’t good for me and that getting out of it would be huge. So grateful for the change.
Just a (rather long-winded) reminder that our sleep patterns rule so much in our bodies, minds, and spirits. Be better to yourselves than I’ve been. 💕