Adulthood Chronicles: On Going to Bed at a Reasonable Hour.
We’ve been taught to fight sleep since we were babies. It’s a popular thing to do. Just ask the people behind that “Cute Things Falling Asleep” website. The only reason it’s cute is because half the time those animals are trying NOT to fall asleep—
But a huge part of adulthood, I’m finding, is about being awake and alert earlier than EVER for LONGER THAN EVER.
So here’s my pep talk for those who look like zombies at work every morning:
Nothing is going on! I know you think you’ll miss something, and refreshing Tumblr is a great time-waster—but unless you live in some big awesome city, nothing is going on! It’s 1 a.m. on a Tuesday morning. What do you really think is happening that’s worth losing valuable sleep?
Don’t you want to be attractive in 10 years? Let’s be real, now that we’re adults it’s time to own up to our inevitable attractiveness expiration date. We have another 10 years of prime time and then it’s all “nip/tuck/creams/procedures” after that (or so reality television has told me…). You know what isn’t doing you any favors? Staring into the abyss of your computer screen when you should be catching up on REM (the band broke up btw).
Do you like gaining weight for totally easy preventable reasons? According to this dated article from USA Today (look, I’m running on little sleep as it is), sleep deprivation has a positive correlation to weight gain. Our bodies need to recharge, and the less sleep you allot the more you’ll pay for it (but really, more weight = more fabric = more money).
You never regret a good night’s rest. Tell me the last time you said “I got a full 8 hours of good restful sleep and now everything’s ruined.” Go on—I’ll wait.
I’m going to bed, I’ll catch you on the flip side!