I missed my bus most of the times because I got up late every morning. The major reason for me to get detained from engineering was attendance and that was because I was sleeping at home. So to sum up everything I have been a victim of sleep disorder which cost me getting expelled out of college. Sleep is also a cousin brother to excuse.
My college timings were 9-4 and I use to sleep at 9 and get up at 4. Pathetic, irresponsible I was. I would get up at evening and I would wake up so full of energy that apparently the structure of my day had changed. Mornings turned into evenings and nights turned into day. I remember once we had dinner at 5 in the morning because all of my friends were busy playing cards and nobody realized we did not have dinner and finally one of them prepared it. Most of the night me and my friends would spend the entire night staring at Facebook and stalking girls. We would have heated discussion as to which movie we are going to watch the entire night. I loved waking up the entire night, having fun, enjoying life and sleeping in the morning. Many times I would get up to go to the college but by the time I would reach class it would get late and I ended up sipping coffee in nearby café and would return home to sleep.
I remember it was during engineering mathematics exams, tension was high, and I was one of those students who gets dead serious during exams. I always enjoyed math since school days so I would practice and prepare myself. I decided that I would wake up the entire night and practice “Math”. I did that, I did not sleep, I practiced everything and completed the syllabus by morning. Sipped a cup of coffee and ran towards the class to write the exam. As I entered the classroom and the teacher distributed the question paper, I saw the questions, I recalled I had practiced them the night before but …. But
As I put pressure on my mind to even think before I write, my head started to pump loud, I could feel veins inside crying out for sleep. I got very anxious. The moment I was trying to recall answers I had practiced, my head would start to burn. Do you know what I did? I slept for an entire 90 minutes and got up and started writing. I still can’t believe I passed that exam. You can just imagine how important sleep was at that point of time. I was sleeping at the wrong time, getting up at the wrong time, exploiting my energy at the wrong time but I don’t regret. I have learned a lot of lessons from them. People say that start your day and plan them accordingly. What I have realized is to have a good pleasant productive morning, you need to have a good sleep at night. Your day actually starts at night.
Prepare the Night before
Each night I remind myself that if I sleep late I will get up late and if I get up late , I will be late at basically everything which eventually will destroy my day and productivity. It had been very difficult to sleep on time. I set a deadline 11:30. I would curse myself if I am awake after that. My punishment was that of waking up early and realizing my mistake. It’s not about how you start your day, it’s about how you end it at night. You have to sleep, screw people who say sleep less (4-5 hours?). Sleep is important. Period
Mornings are actually beautiful!
I know many people love thinking about the night life and talking on the phone, using the social media. I personally hated getting up early morning because I had to go to college but early mornings are actually so positive and soothing. First thing after getting up is feeling grateful. I do this always. No matter how badly my life sucks, I feel grateful and spend 10 minutes with my thoughts and emotions.
Sleep and Productivity
If you had inadequate amount of sleep then you might be out of energy which in turn kills your productivity the entire day. See, this is a very vicious circle which we don’t realize.
I know it is hard sleeping at night but we have to rewire our brain to the importance of sleep. Sleeping is important and your work is also important but it is utmost important to balance both of them. It is important to take care of ourselves: Emotionally, Physically, Spiritually and Mentally.