Have you lost it yet?
The battle you’re likely having in the bedroom.
The one that means you’re finding it more and more difficult to get up and out as early as you might like each morning.
And what should be the best, can often be the most stressful part of the day.
And doesn’t it always start of badly with an alarm clock?
The real problem with any alarm is that it’s designed to frighten the life out of you into action.
When was the last time you thought anything good when you heard a fire alarm, burglar alarm or an ambulance whizzing past you with an alarm sounding and blue lights flashing?
So an alarm clock really isn’t the best way to begin your day.
Natural light lamps, soothing music, your favourite comedy show on the TV are surely better options to start your day.
And what about the temptation to think that you need that bit, or a lot, extra time in bed or you’ll be faced with spending the rest of your day tired?
That’s a myth.
One you’ve been told by people who are just as keen to kid themselves as they are you, that time spent asleep will mean more energy in the bank for later in the day.
And here’s why right now you might be losing the battle of the bed.
It boils down to a simple formula:
Lack of vitamin D (sunlight) + extra time spent on the couch in the evening = feeling more lethargic.
And that lethargy leads to the big mistake of thinking the answer to your energy problem is to get some more sleep.
Rarely, unless of an underlying medical condition, or extreme sleep deprivation, or you’re a recently new mum, is this true.
In fact, it could be your biggest mistake yet.
Reality is that most people need less sleep.
And more sleep hoping to feel less tired is a fallacy.
One that no matter how many times you arrive at it by sleeping longer, you’ll never find the sustained extra energy that you’re looking for.
When it comes to sleep, less is more.
The average adult needs just 6-7 hours sleep each night.
If your current level is somewhere around 10, granted, any attempt to switch to 6-7 hours will leave you feeling “groggy”.
But only at first.
If you stuck at for about 60 days, eventually it would become the norm.
And needing less sleep will become a habit that leads to way more energy.
That and so much more time in your life.
The real golden hours of any day happen between 5am-8am each morning.
But how many are still in bed or clashing around because they slept in?
Rising at that time each day could see you begin to exercise more, to plan and enjoy your day ahead and even clean the house in peace, if that’s what makes you tick.
And one more thing. Next time that you tell a close friend or family member that “you never seem to have the time”, might be worth noting that by climbing out of bed just one hour earlier each morning, would result in you finding spare time equivalent to one entire work week in your life, every month.
Tips on how to win this battle are next week.