Day 17 of Flylady's babysteps is to set a bedtime and stick to it. I love this. And I hate it.
I love to sleep. So this is something that I actually want. I want to go to bed at 10 each night and wake at 6 in the morning. Somehow, though, I have trouble getting there on time.
I know that if I can get dinner served on time (6pm), then we can be done by 6:45, I can finish cleaning up by 7:30 (hubby gets kiddos ready for bed). And by 8 when the kids go to bed, I can have some time to myself or to spend with my husband. And then I can get ready for bed no later than 9:30 and to sleep by 10. I know this.
And yet....it doesn't happen. It's the dinner at 6 that is the problem. I have a lot of trouble getting dinner prep started on time (probably because I don't want to stop the nap time and walk away from the computer). But, if I would, many good things would come from it.
I'd get enough sleep AND get time to myself in the evening. It's a good trade off.
So, I'm going to go to bed on time. Which means I'm going to walk AWAY from the computer at 4 when it's time to wake the kiddos from their nap. That's my plan.
And since I make my bed every day, it's nice and inviting.
Here's a post I wrote on sleep a while back with interesting facts, including how much sleep different people need.