My word of the week is nightlife. Thanks to a super moon and heatwave my sleep schedule has been turned upside down. In the past, these cosmic and meteorological events would disrupt every aspect of my life. That is until I learned how to live like a vampire! This week I am sharing the guidelines that help me remain productive until my sleep schedule turns around.
Welcome to my Word of the Week submission. The host for this blogger linkup is Raisie Bay. Be sure to see the link at the end of this post to read her post and more.
My #WotW is #NIGHTLIFE. A #supermoon and a #heatwave threw my # sleep #schedule for a loop 😴
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1. Sleep When Body Wants
My word of the week is nightlife because the moon and weather made it impossible to sleep at night. I have tracked super moons and their effect on my body for several years. Without fail, each one produces a wicked migraine. Along with the super moon, southern California had a sweltering heatwave. With temperatures in the high 90’s, my body wanted nothing to do with daytime hours. Each day as the pressure built up to the high of the day, my body and mind demanded sleep.
Unless my schedule will absolutely not allow for it, the best thing I can do when these types of episodes occur is to give in. Fighting it just increased my frustration and exhaustion. Sleeping when it wants grants me energy during my awake hours. By following my body’s lead, my body resumes a preferred sleep schedule faster than when fighting it.
2. Do Daytime Tasks at Night
Before embracing an occasional bout of vampire life, I would fall behind on housework, writing, and more. All because I spent my nights trying to force my body to sleep. Instead of getting nothing done, I began taking care of business. Although the days this week were spent in bed nursing a migraine, my nights were spent writing and working on projects. While not as much as I would have accomplished had I not been knocked down, it was still more than if I had fought my body.
3. Prepare Easy Meals for My Family
I admit that this next point is easy because my youngest is in her late teens. However, I began doing this when she was around 10 years old. By watching the weather forecast and checking dates for cosmic events like super moons or a lunar/solar eclipse, I can plan ahead. When I see evidence of a perfect nightlife storm, I stock up on foods that my family can easily prepare or heat themselves.
4. Do Not Disturb
Removing as many distractions as possible is imperative when living the nightlife. A good day’s sleep is just as important as a good night. I use blackout curtains and a sleep mask. Turning my phone off or at the very least set it to do not disturb limits sleep disruptions. A quick text to my husband lets him know not to call or worry if I don’t reply to his message.
5. Avoid Junk Food
In the past, I used nightlife as a time to throw myself a pity party. But a pity party was the last thing I needed. Junk food increased my chronic pain, triggered psoriasis flares, and messed with my digestive system. The best thing I can do for my body is to continue eating like I do when living a typical schedule.
How do you cope when your sleep schedule gets thrown for a loop?
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