How many of us practice the saying 'early to bed and early to rise?"

@devijay78 (1574)
India
August 17, 2012 8:29am CST
Most of the time, because of work at home, I used to sleep very very late. But for the past one year, I have been practicing this and there are amazing results. Going to bed at least by 9 gives me adequate time to sleep and I wake up by 5.30 a.m which leaves me ample time to finish all the cooking and get my daughter ready to school early too. This in turn helps me have my breakfast, lunch and dinner on time which in turn helps me in keeping my weight in check too(because skipping any one meal too makes you eat more the next meal and in turn put on more weight). Waking up early also makes the day longer and you have more time to finish smaller tasks which have been pending for long. You do not have to worry about going to office or school late. My daughter is usually the first one to reach her class and most of the time, it is beneficial as she has ample time to settle down before the classes start. As a stay at home mom, I have loads of work to do both inside the house as well as outside it. So, organising my work and finishing it in the day time before my daughter comes back is easier because most of the cooking is over early in the morning and I have time left for other work. I did find this all difficult in the beginning. But now, getting up early gives a sense of well being that cannot match anything else. The early morning fresh air, the sun rays all contribute to a good healthy start to a day full of work. So how many of us practice this?
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• United States
17 Aug 12
Well, I manage to accomplish half of the 'early to bed and early to rise' practice. I rise early! Unfortunately, I work late and then come home and work even later online, so I do not practice the early to bed part. I have always been a night owl sort of person and manage well on just a few hours sleep each night. I know that the medical profession feels that is not enough sleep for body and mind but really I do feel fine and am productive.
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@devijay78 (1574)
• India
18 Aug 12
I was like you. I used to stay awake at night and sleep only in the early morning(around 2 or 3). But getting up became a problem for me which in turn afffected the work next day. But now, I am able to finish my work in the day as well as do it much effectively without feeling groggy and irritated all the time. And moreover, since I had ample rest, I am able to think with a clearer mind and work with a much relaxed and rested body. You might not feel that way now, but this will definitely affect you in the long run because that is what happened to me. Late nights will definitely take a toll on the body as well as the mind.
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• United States
18 Aug 12
I know for most that the 'early to bed early to rise' sleep pattern works best. However, I am near sixty years old and have since I was a seventeen-year-old mother been on this late night/early morning schedule and it has always worked well for me.
@kulisap (70)
17 Aug 12
I envy people like you who enjoys their sleep and ca actually condition their selves to sleep early. I was always a light sleeper. At the age of 12, I started having difficulty sleeping. I'm happy to have 4 hours, at most, of sleep a day. I'm a work-at-home mom, oftentimes I get stressed easily. My mom says it's because of lack of sleep.
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@devijay78 (1574)
• India
18 Aug 12
Hi. Your mom is right. I did have such problems earlier where I was constantly stressed and would have absolutely no patience at all. Once I started regularising my sleeping pattern and waking up early, everything fell in place. And I found amazing results in my behaviour too. I was much calmer and relaxed than before since I had ample rest and ample time to finish all my work well before time. Of course I have a maid to help me out, but still doing all the work with two small kids is absolutely hectic. Since I have an eleven month old at home, my sleep is disturbed as I have to get up at least six to seven times for his feed, make him sleep if he wakes up etc. But still, it is much better than before. You should definitely try it. It will help you to keep your calm in most situations. And welcome to mylot. Hope you enjoy your stay here.
• Philippines
17 Aug 12
Lucky you for having much time to sleep. I wake up everyday at five in the morning because I have to prepare breakfast for my husband and my eldest son who is now in high school. At six thirty, both of them will be leaving and it's then time to wake up my second child who is in Preparatory. By seven thirty she goes to school through her tricycle service but I will have to prepare lunch for them at that time too. And by eight o' clock my youngest who is only two years old will be waking up then. The househelp will be taking care of her while I cook their lunch. At nine I'll be preparing myself for work and will be leaving at ten, going to the office to be back by eight thirty in the evening. When I reach home, I'll be getting the youngest from the nanny soon as I finish dinner and changed my clothes. She usually sleeps by ten that's why she wakes up late. This process goes on a daily basis except on Sundays when I'm on rest day. Usually, I also have work on Saturdays and since it's scheduled wash day, the house help and I still wakes up at five so that everything's done before the kids are up as well. I am just waiting for all my kids to grow up before I can enjoy an easier life again with lots of rest and sleep. Ohhhhh.... Lucky you. :)
• Philippines
17 Aug 12
Just to correct myself, the house help and the nanny is one and of the same person. :)
@devijay78 (1574)
• India
18 Aug 12
Hi. I am the mother of a 5 year old and 1 year old. For now, I will have to get only my daughter ready in the mornings since my son stays with me. But I do have to prepare lunch and breakfast for both my husband and my daughter, get my daughter ready for school, give her breakfast, pack both of their lunches and send them off by 7.45. Only then will I have time to attend to my son. Till then, I have employed a maid to take care of him. She comes in the morning to help me out. Then the whole day is spent taking care of the household work, my son, bringing my daughter from school, helping with her home lessons, cooking dinner, feeding both of them and then finally putting them to sleep. I make it a point to put them to sleep by 9 so that they can get up early too. My husband comes late, so I usually have to get up to serve him dinner even if I sleep early. And moreover, my sleep is a disturbed one since I have to get up several times to feed my son. So, even though my sleep is disturbed and interrupted, I find going to bed early very relaxing and even with all the disturbances, I am able to get up early and start working. Earlier I used to sleep by 2 or 3 because of my daughter. She used to stay awake most of the night and sleep the next afternoon. But now, since I have regularised her sleep timings as well as other stuff for her, it is easier on me too. I wish I can have uninterrupted sleep. But then, being mothers, I guess it will take a few years before we can come to that. I am waiting for my kids to grow up too. But for the time being, I love doing things for them and taking care of them.
@oXAquaXo (607)
• United States
17 Aug 12
I know I should practice that saying, and everyone in my family tells me to, but I never listen. It's really bad, I know, but I'm so used to going to bed so late that it's almost impossible for me to revert back to my old ways. I'm trying to change now...hopefully I will be an early sleeper in the future! I love the nighttime; maybe that's why I sleep so late. I feel like the only one alive, and it's the time where no one's around to bother me. I stay up late doing whatever I need to do, then go to bed in the early morning. Then, I'm either really tired when I have to wake up early, or sleep in until noon during the weekends. Then, half of the day has passed and I have accomplished nothing. I really need to stop wasting my time with this weird sleep nonsense. Going early to bed is better for your health, because you grow the most in your sleep between the hours of 11 and 1. So in order to maintain my health and increase the amount of time I have during the day, I should probably sleep earlier :P ~ Annie
• Canada
18 Aug 12
before, i used to sleep late since i have a shifting schedule and doing graveyard most of the time. my eyebags are really big, and i began to worry. thankful that is, my schedule for 2 months now are in the morning shift. i obliged myself to sleep as early as possible atleast 8 hours so whenever im in work, i won't worry being sleepy and lack of energy. i realized my eyebags are subsiding! what a great news!
@Pegasus72 (1900)
3 Sep 12
sounds like you have a good schedule going for you. going to sleep early is harder when you have kids of many different ages in your house. I have to admit I sometimes fall asleep before my teenagers.
@Shavkat (100651)
• Philippines
23 Aug 12
Some people do this, since they worked through weekdays. It is normal that this type of sleeping cycle is seen in elders who are in the aging process.
• India
21 Aug 12
I practice this on week days when I have day shift. When I have night shift the whole week including the weekends I don't follow this. I doubt that not too many people on Mylot practice this.
@cupkitties (7439)
• United States
18 Aug 12
It is very rare for me to be able to fall asleep at 9:00 pm. Every time I do, my inner clock wakes me at 11:00 pm without fail. Most of the time I'm not even able to sleep until after 12:00 am. Darned insomnia.
@prashu228 (25526)
• India
18 Aug 12
hi, wow, so nice to hear that, and i appreciate it, i am never ever punctual, hehe i go to bed very late , in fact very very late, and get up , very late, i am not a morning person, but , likes it , when i get up early the morning, i can feel the change, i feel very healthy , and very light, i think i should start making this as my habit, as there are so many advantages, thanks for sharing...
• Philippines
18 Aug 12
No, i don't. I'm really a sucker at waking up early. I know it's more nice to rise early in bed, to be more beneficial and also to exercise the body..it's just that I really love to sleep. I only wake up earlier than expected when I have something important schedule ahead that day.
@Fulltank (2894)
• Philippines
18 Aug 12
I think I already forgotten this saying, especially after we had our first born. In fact I only do the half of it, the second one - the early to rise part. I had learned to do the opposite, by sleeping late (around past eleven) and had to ensure to wake up early (around 4am). You know one of the greatest thing that happened to my life is raising my own family. And with that, sacrifice is not that difficult simply because it will bring me lots of joy when I see their faces every morning knowing that they had eaten the most important meal of the day.
@shylade (3135)
• Philippines
17 Aug 12
Yes, we are also practicing this because of work. We usually lay down at around 8pm. My son and I read first before we sleep. He is usually up until 9pm and after that I will have a short scan of my online activities then go to sleep. We are up by 5am to prepare for work. We must be at work at 7am that's why. I need to prepare what my son needs for a day and I ma just thankful his nanny knows everything so I don't have to worry much.
• United States
17 Aug 12
I really try to practice the "early to bed, early to rise," but it's very hard to. I'm used to staying up all night doing homework and such (because I'm such a procrastinator), so I've just gotten used to staying up. Recently, though, I've been pretty good about getting to sleep before 10, and I wake up around 9 (11 hours seems like a bit much, but when you're 9 months pregnant, it really doesn't seem like a lot).
• India
17 Aug 12
I am not able to maintain this habit of early to bed and early to rise because I am a student and i live in hostel where i have to wake up early to get ready for collage then at night also i cant sleep early because then i had to study late night.but in weekends i try to follow the schedule but then something unexpected comes and iam not able to stick to the plan,like late night movies with friends or due to project work.but because of of all this iam now suffering from sleep disorder.trying hard to get out of this schedule.because this is hampering my health.
@fantabulus (4003)
• India
17 Aug 12
I also sleepy late and wake up late sleeping time is 12at night and wake up time is 7am. Because my husband has come at 11pm and then we take the dinner. After completing all kitchen work we sleep. We have no habit to early to bed and early to rise.
• India
17 Aug 12
Devi, good to hear about your raising and sleeping activities, i am also in your sort, i go to be around 10 pm in the night and get up around 5 Am in the morning, i am also an organized person and do all my work in proper time, having a schedule is good for us to do all work in a good manner.
@venkit (2956)
• India
17 Aug 12
ya it is good to practice this saying, but i am not able to follow this. For me it will become late to sleep, normally after 11pm and never able to wake up before 6 am.. But i wish could change my routine like you.