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On Sleep

In a case of clear clairvoyance on the part of MorningCoach.com's owner and podcaster J.B. Glossinger, today's podcast was about sleep.

I say this because I didn't get nearly enough sleep last night, and it's affecting my day even beyond simply being tired.  I was up late watching a movie I'd wanted to see for a long time and was just released in the US.  But the long weekend combined with some sketchy sleep during said weekend combined with simply not getting enough last night has made today pretty lethargic in a lot of ways.

I'm not motivated at all.  I'm feeling sort of queasy. I didn't do much personal evolution work today other than listen to the podcast.  I'm having trouble getting my mind around my job today.  I'm uttering the phrase "oh, whatever" way too much.  And I'm letting too many negative thoughts enter my head without trying to flush them out.

Sure, we're not always going to get enough sleep.  But to go down the list of ways that we can improve our sleep, I did the opposite for many of them.  First, I was watching TV.  TV is a stimulant, and watching it gets our brains fired up too much and it takes time to calm them down.

Second, I didn't read some fiction, to slow things down in my head.  I  had some issues rolling around in there and they didn't go away to let me sleep.

Third, I was snacking (and poorly, I might add) while watching the movie.  My stomach was processing crap food and keeping me up (and making the sleep I did get be pretty ineffectual)>

Obviously, one day isn't going to kill me.  But it's also not doing anything to get me closer to achieving my goals in life.  It's causing me to have to work even harder to make a 1% improvement today (as I try to do every day).  It's basically making today wasted time.  In fact, up until this post I hadn't gotten much done at all.  This is my effort to exorcise some of that blase attitude and get back on the horse for the rest of the day.

But what I really need?  A good night's sleep - with all the proper precautions and measures taken to ensure that it is a good night.

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