Too little sleep can put your health at risk. But getting too much can cause problems too. If you’re having a hard time getting out of bed these days, it could help your heart and mind to find ways to release yourself from the covers.
For many people around the country, life has stopped. For many others, it has ramped up to levels that may have been unimaginable. So, whether you’re having a hard time getting up for work or to stay at home, finding motivation could be needed now more than ever.
Too much, just like too little, sleep can boost the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and memory trouble.
If you’re not working, you might not see much of a reason to get out of bed. It’s safe, comfortable, and cut off from all the madness around you. But giving yourself a reason to get out of bed can help make the days a little easier.
One of the best ways to do this is by setting up a recurring activity. Creating a routine can allow for a greater sense of purpose. For some, it may involve getting up and getting dressed. Other activities could include exercise, reading, or listening to a podcast at a specific time.
Making yourself accountable to someone else can also provide some motivation to get up and at it. Scheduling phone calls, performing an online exercise routine with a friend, or calling your nieces and nephews to give your sister some time in the morning can all help.
Accountability helps boost purpose and adherence to your schedule.
Setting small goals, spread throughout the week, can also help. Splitting tasks into small, manageable amounts can prevent them from appearing daunting, for example.
Scheduling blocks of work time, chores, and activities into smaller nuggets can help you keep busy each day and potentially make it easier to get up and face the day.
For example, don’t aim to clean the entire apartment in one day, but dedicate a block of time for an individual room each day.
Lastly—and this is for those that are working and those that are not—schedule some time for relaxation and self-care. Those moments of enjoyment may be enough to help you get out of bed and stick to your schedule.
Staying in bed can throw off your body’s natural rhythm and influence heart and metabolic health. In fact, many of the risks associated with too little sleep are also linked to too much sleep. Try these suggestions to get up and moving each day.