I hope you guys aren't bored with these Making Your Home Sing Monday! posts. I'm kind of having a little fun with it. For one thing, I think we could all use a little encouragement in making our homes a joyful place to be. I know I could. Also, it gives me something to post about on Mondays, hehehe!. If you are bored, please bear wth me. I'm sure I'll tired of it eventually........lol!
Have any of you ever fallen asleep while watching t.v. at night? Or while reading a book or listening to music? Or while putting your kids to bed (you know who you are, I'm just saying......). Is it because you've had to many late nights?
Have you ever struggled to stay awake the next day? Or struggled to get through your day with very little energy and very little sleep? Or snapped at somebody because you just didn't have the patience? Perhaps you were having trouble concentrating? Perhaps the day seems overwhelming and long?
Being tired doesn't just make it difficult to get through our day. I don't know about you but I can get a headache when I'm tired. Not only that but it can make me cranky and impatient. It can also cause me to oversleep and then I wake up already behind in my schedule. I also don't eat very well when I'm tired. I can find myself snacking and grabbing the wrong foods to give me "energy." Someday when I'm gone you can say about me "She was tired."
Sometimes we are tempted to stay up late to grab some "me" time. Oh come on, it can't be just me that does this. I know there is somebody out there who stayed up to late last night. I can't have been the only one (well, I hope I'm not the only one). 'Fess up! Noone will ever know.....except everyone who reads this blog and the comments, of course.
Don't ya just love that "me" time? The time when the house is quiet and you have it all to yourself? Wooohooo! Nobody wants your attention, nobody wants anything of you, it's just you and the t.v., or the book, or the computer, or the whatever. You can sit there and scarf down that chocolate donut and noone will ever know. Noone but you and your hips.
Sometimes it's not "me" time. Sometimes it's staying up late folding the laundry, or cleaning the kitchen, or straightening up the house or flip flopping the laundry. You have pushed yourself to the point of exhaustion, or perhaps got your "second wind" as my mom calls it. Then, all of a sudden you're really awake, and now you can't go to sleep.
Perhaps you're lying awake in bed and you can't sleep because you're busy planning what you're going to do the next day. All these thoughts are rolling around in your head, and you just can't stop thinking and planning long enough to relax and fall asleep, or perhaps you're afraid of forgetting something. (Hey, how about putting a pen and a paper next to your bed so you can write it down so you won't forget it?)
Whatever you've got going on, whether it's "me" time or madly cleaning the house or lying awake planning the next day, whatever it is......you need your rest!
If you were a surgeon you would, hopefully, get your rest if you had to perform surgery the next day. If you were a pilot hopefully you would be doing the same thing so that you can stay awake to fly. If you were a professional athlete hopefully you'd be getting your rest too for the big day!
No, perhaps someone's life isn't literally in your hands if you've stayed up to late the night before. But Mom, their precious little hearts are in your hands. Your kind words, your loving actions, your encouragement, all of that means so much to those you love. Even if you're not a mom, there is someone out there that you mean so much to.
So if you find yourself dragging through your day or snapping at those you love, give yourself a break and get plenty of rest that night! Go to bed on time!