New Goal: Get Some Sleep

This is strange. It’s 10:14 p.m. and I’m ready for bed. My teeth are brushed, my face is washed, my contacts are out. It’s not unusual for me to go to bed at 2 a.m., only to get up five hours later for work.

“What do you do that late at night?” people ask me.

“I read, get lost online, write,” I say.

One of my old English professors used to say “The owl of Minerva flies at midnight.” I’ve always found this to be true. My creativity awakens at night and keeps me up.

Starting tonight, though, I’m going to go to bed at 11:30 p.m. I figure if I commit my goal to writing, I’ll be more likely to follow through with it. I hate being tired during the day and not having as much energy as I’d like. When I get a decent night’s sleep, I feel more well-rested, alert and happier.

Speaking of sleep deprivation, I recently came across an excerpt from an Arianna Huffington blog post that resonated with me. It’s about the negative effects of not getting enough sleep:

Getting enough sleep signifies to some people that you must be less than passionate about your work and your life. It means, well, you’re lazy. Very often women workaholics forego sleep, because they’ve bought into the mentality that says sleep time is unproductive time.

Yet what have all this workaholism and sleep loss bought us?

Less productivity, less job satisfaction, less sex, and more inches around the waist. Doesn’t seem like a very good deal, does it?

Nope. I’ll let you know if I follow through with my goal. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m heading to bed … soon.

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Poynter.org. Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at mjtenore@gmail.com.

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