Day 102: Sleep with Intention

How do you sleep with intention? I ran 12 k yesterday, which is the longest I’ve done since 2012. So last night, I was pretty wiped out. When my alarm went off at 5 a.m., I turned it off, felt exhausted, and asked myself if I could get another hour.

But it wasn’t just rolling over and going back to sleep. It was doing a mental calculus of “sleep with intention” — if I get up at six, how will I get exercise in, will I have time to make lunch, etc. It was a quick bout of planning so I could sleep with intention — really dig in to an extra hour of sleep instead of semi-dozing in a state of semi-anxiety.

Then the cat decided it was time for me to get up, and I got up around 5:20. So it goes.

Sleep with intention instead of “just sleep”

I’m trying to make sleep one of the four things I’m being very mindful of for the second phase of this. Days 101 – 250. Sleep is an active part of the agenda. And part of that is going to be really getting ready for bed instead of just going upstairs at a certain arbitrary point. Devices off at 8:30 p.m., reading for half an hour, flossing, all that stuff.

The ideal situation is to be going to bed with sleep as a goal, instead of just going to bed because it’s time to do that. I’m not sure if that makes sense to anyone else, but it does to me. Sleep’s often gotten short shrift with me, and I’d like to improve on it.

Part of that is really being mindful. There’s still the thing where you’re supposed to get up at the same time every day. But I like my long-distance running (when the season allows). So I’m not sure how to approach that. I need to get up at 5 to get a 10k in. I don’t think I should be sleeping later when I’m not running. But running is tiring.

Something to think about.