On the first morning of our new year, Scott and I slept in 'til about 9 am. We love to sleep...we love to sleep late. We're good at it. I'm not embarrassed to admit this, because while we both work hard, we also play hard. And sleep hard.
When asked to list my favorite activities, sleep is always included..."Reading, blogging, music, sleeping, pop culture..." Seriously. It is an activity, you know.
Last week my dear Kristen sent me an article from Wired magazine, entitled "3 Smart Things About Sleeping Late." The terms smart and sleeping late in the same sentence? Well, my interest was immediately piqued.
Some highlights from the article, written by Daniel Dumas:
"You may need more sleep than you think. Research by Henry Ford Hospital Sleep Disorders Center found that people who slept eight hours and then claimed they were 'well rested' actually performed better and were more alert if they slept another two hours."
I'd kill for 10 hours of sleep each night. But then I'd have to go to bed at 9 pm, and let's face it...I'm still reading Perez Hilton at that hour. Just keeping it fully real here.
"Night owls are more creative. Artists, writers, and coders typically fire on all cylinders by crashing near dawn and awakening at the crack of noon."
I was smarter, prettier, much thinner, and generally more agreeable about life while in college. Going to bed at 2 am, waking at 9:00 for a 10 am class, then napping from 2-4...oh yes, it was the good life. Are you seeing the correlation here? While I don't want to return to my college days, my schedule from that time period is one I'd gladly relive.
"Rising early is stressful. The stress hormome cortisol peaks in your blood around 7 am. So if you get up then, you may experience tension."
Well, DUH! I wake at 7 am every morning...and this now explains so very much. Darn cortisol. I hate getting up at 7:00. I would much rather sleep until 10, but Libbey has school, Caroline has her daily activities, I have blogs to read, phone calls to make (8 am Colorado time: "Heather, I'm in the store buying stuff for your red beans & rice recipe--HELP!"), and you know...so on and so forth.
In my most-quoted movie, Steel Magnolias, Clairee tells Ouiser, "You would be a much more contented, pleasant person if you would find ways to occupy your time..." I think 10 hours of sleep is the perfect way to occupy my time. For a more contented and pleasant me. Someone please say "Amen!"
This little article has confirmed what I've suspected all along. From henceforth I will refuse to feel guilty for sleeping late whenever I have the chance. It's all for the good of my intellect. Brain power, y'all...we all need more of it.