Balanced Sleep

One of the most important things in finding a life balance is good sleep.

Unfortunately, Tikaani likes to wake me up in the middle of the night to go outside. I should be glad that he’s not having accidents inside anymore, but all I can think about is how I’d love to get one night of uninterrupted sleep. It’s like having a baby, but I have to stand outside in the cold, since we don’t have a backyard.

Open to the street, I would trust Northstar (former street puppy) but Tikaani is a bit dense sometimes.

He’s not getting the exercise he needs, so he’s not worn out at night time. My roommate and I are moving soon, to a place with a backyard, so hopefully that will change things. In the meantime, I have to find new ways to wake up in the morning, or I sleep all day.

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I’m not supposed to have coffee, since that might increase the vertigo I’ve been dealing with. I’m also not supposed to have chocolate, but I’ve been drinking coffee and eating Thin Mints (don’t tell Quentin! He hid all the chocolate we had when I got back from the doctor’s) and the vertigo is still getting better each day thanks to my new meds. However, the coffee isn’t enough to wake me up. I did some research on it and it turns out, since coffee dehydrates you, if you don’t get enough water in, that dehydration can make you tired. Unfortunately, I’ve never been good about staying as hydrated as I should be, so when I wake up and make some coffee, in about an hour I’m ready to go back to sleep.

I’m probably going to say this a thousand times. Life is all about balance. If I don’t put on workout clothes immediately, I don’t work out first thing in the morning. Which is a bummer, because working out does tend to help wake people up.

A lot of balance is forcing yourself to do things that you want to put off, no matter how much you enjoy them.

That being said, self-care is incredibly important! And while working out is a good form of self-care, if you’re exhausted, you need to get that sleep. If you don’t have many pressing responsibilities for that day (like me, recently. I had to quit my job since I was too dizzy to drive), take some time to go back to sleep, sleep in, or even just doze off for the day.

Sometimes it isn’t a balance for the day, but a balance in the week. If you spend a day catching up on sleep (the studies behind if you actually can catch up or not are a whole other post), you can be more productive the rest of the week!

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