Since I have been a mom, there have been very few days of sleeping in like this. In this case, it wasn’t completely restful because I went to sleep around 3, woke up at 8 and then went back to sleep. That may not sound refreshing to you, but to someone like me who has been an almost anti-sleeper, it was amazing and still more sleep than I have had in a month. There is a guilty pleasure feeling going on when I wake up at lunch time. I am so glad that my kid is responsible enough to let me sleep and also feed herself on rare days like this. But at the same time I feel like a selfish person. But then I roll over and realize I must have really needed it!
I really want to get out today and do something, but my body is telling me to stay in and recover. The thing about me, is that I am not a sit around and do nothing kind of chick. The whole time I have been sick, I have been productive. Recycling things, donating, cleaning and changing the look of my space. I find the idea of being a couch potato quite repulsive, yet today my body is longing for the couch and my mind is longing to drive to Starbucks.
As much as I am a fighter of sleep, when I am sick, I sleep more deeply than any other time. Except of course when I wake up due to coughing. But, I can drift off effortlessly and my head isn’t spinning with all of the world’s problems. I look and the dark circles have lessened, and so had the sick look in my eyes. Perhaps besides being refreshing, it is the elixir I have been searching for.
I have the diet and exercise down pat and there is really no junk food in my house. But all of the magazines say that sleep is such a big part of weight loss. I am the kind of person that will sleep 5 or 6 hours for long, long periods of time and feel like it is my normal. But then after awhile I find myself just ornery about everything. When I started 21 Day Fix in October, I started realizing how I really needed to sleep longer than the 5/6 hours.
So, after all of these years, maybe it has gotten through my head that sleep is correlated with health and wellness. I lived so long on caffeine and little sleep, yet never had a feeling of satiety. I have felt antsy and overly annoyed by people and things and situations. As much as my inner 2 year old wants to fight sleep for fear of missing out, I am beginning to enjoy and appreciate the benefits of more rest. The fact that I have finally learned what apparently everyone else knew is just as refreshing as sleeping ’til noon!