Although it is Jan Plan, a wonderful time of the year when Colby students only have to attend one course and time seems to be endless, I have found that I still have not been getting sufficient hours of sleep and it is an unfortunate sign for the second semester and my overall athletic performance!
I have never been one to sleep throughout the entire day. I hear of peers sleeping in until noon or longer and I am always surprised, wondering why they wasted a entire half of their day in bed instead of getting up and starting the day earlier. Even when school is not in session, my internal clock gets me up around 6:30am without fail, and most of the time, I’ve only been asleep for 6 hours at that point! Sometimes I think it’s a curse and other times I love it! When I reflect back on why I ended up going to bed so late in the first place, it’s often because of homework or studying. The times when it is not homework, it’s definitely Facebook, listening to music, catching up on shows that I haven’t seen in weeks, or just simply because I wasn’t tired before midnight. Regardless of the reason, I find that all of the options point right back at me!
Over winter break, I chatted with an acquaintance of mine who loved college and still knows all the ins and outs of everything about the college life. He advised me to start training myself to have better sleeping habits. In order to do this he recommended going to bed no later than 11pm every night and waking up whenever was necessary, but the key was to train my body to try and finish everything before 11pm. I have yet to pursue this challenge, but I think that it will prove beneficial when second semester rolls around! So, although I won’t be sleeping in until midday or beyond, I will make a conscious effort to truly get my 8 hours in most nights. No time to procrastinate or draw homework out longer than it should be. I’m going to go back to the good old days when my parents forced me to go to bed by 10pm! It might seem unrealistic but I know I can do it and I will thank myself when I do!