I don’t know about you, but when I get home from work, I am usually pretty exhausted. I am somewhat physically tired, but the exhaustion is more from a mental standpoint. Sometimes it is so bad, I don’t even want to have to think about what we are having for dinner. Most nights aren’t too bad. I can get by with about 30-60 minutes of letting my brain relax by just playing a couple of rounds of Call of Duty or Forza 5. After which, I am usually raring to go again and can start working on side projects or log into work to get more stuff done. There are other times though, when my body has had enough.
Take for example last night. About an hour before leaving work, I started getting a headache. Never a good thing, but semi-regular headaches are a fact of life for me. I could tell this was going to be a pretty heavy-duty bell-ringer, so I wasn’t looking forward to the rest of the evening. It continued to intensify even after I got home, so I took a couple of Tylenol and at some point laid down in bed to stretch out for a bit. This was maybe around 6:30 or 7:00 in the evening, so I certainly wasn’t planning on going to bed. I hadn’t even eaten dinner yet.
The next thing I know, I am waking up to the sound of my wife getting into bed after having let the dogs outside. When I asked her what time it was she replied that it was about 3:00 in the morning. I was still in my work clothes and obviously had not just laid down to stretch. A few years ago I may have been a bit upset to have lost an evening to sleep, but more and more I am understanding the need to let my body rest. Especially when I know I have been a bit burned out as of late.
When I do something like this, falling asleep so early, I need to listen to my body yelling at me and give it the rest that it needs instead of ignoring it and trying to push through. Eventually, your body will force you down and it is wise to listen to it before you get to that point.
How often do you ignore what your body is telling you? How often does it catch up to you as it did me last night?
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