Thursday, September 04, 2008

the art of sleeping in

Day 7 of 365 in the Marathon of Dope . . .

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Now I’m sure most of you think of sleeping in as an accident - I’m telling you it’s an art.

And I’m going to go through several ways you can ensure that you sleep right on past that bothersome morning alarm and miss those important early appointments. And all of this can be done on a budget and without alcohol too.

Follow the five helpful tips below and you are well on your way to skipping those pesky appointments.

1) Make sure you have a “single alarm” alarm clock. No Snooze function as this defeats the “shut off, then ignore” rule. If you have to physically deactivate the alarm make sure it is close at hand. If the alarm shuts off by itself place it across the room. Better yet, have no alarm clock at all.

2) Exercise a lot. Doing long workouts that overextend your body will make sure it screams out for extra sleep the following morning. Best time to do those exercises is right before bed. Make sure you work up a real sweat and go hard at it for at least one hour. If you do this every day, soon your tired, worn out body will not rise on command no matter what you want it to do. This is the “body over mind” principle.

3) Eat tons of high calorie foods. Since you will be exercising every day for at least an hour, sucking down all these extra calories will not turn you into the Goodyear Blimp, so don’t worry about it. It will, however, give your digestive track a lot to work on causing you discomfort and hence sleeplessness. The real trick is to pack in a minimum of two thousand calories or so right after you exercise at night before bed. Try eating a whole bag of cookies or a 2L tub of ice cream per evening - even a family pack of chips will do in a pinch.

4) Never more than six hours. For Gawd’s sake, never, ever - I mean ever - go to bed at a time that will allow you to get more than six hours of sleep. Your stuffed, over exercised body may decide to rise on the alarm or by itself if it thinks it’s getting adequate sleep. This needs to be avoided at all costs. I suggest setting your alarm clock to go off in the evening before bed letting you know when you can safely hit the sack and get less than six hours of sleep. Six hours or less is the key here to avoiding being alarmed by the, um, alarm in the morning.

5) Don’t catch up. No matter what, don’t even think of catching up on the weekend. Book hair appointments, kid’s events, anything to make sure you have to rise early - so you can effectively sleep in and miss them. Follow the first four steps even on Saturday and Sunday morning. It can be a bit tricky on long weekends, but proper scheduling of important events early in the morning, even on those holidays, can insure you oversleep and achieve your goals.

Well, there you have it. Follow the advice above and you can join the ranks of successful over sleepers missing many early morning annoyances, like jobs and school.. But remember, don’t consult a doctor before you try this - he will think you are nuts and want you no a diet. He may even suggest proper amounts of sleep! Avoid doctors! Remember - you are in control of your oversleep habits.

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PB: Yeah, I did sleep in today . . .

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