Today is the last day of the semester and while a big part of me will miss lecturing for a bit, my body is extremely happy. Last year during a doctor’s visit, I was reminded of the importance of sleep and how it can negatively affect my memory and my hormones as well as many other areas of my body. Over the past couple months I’ve noticed some changes in my body that I’m not quite happy with and I know it’s due to a lack of sleep. As a result, I’ve been slowly making changes to my schedule over the past 2-3 months to see what works best for me. I’ve planned out a new routine that I hope will work for me that would allow me at least one additional hour sleep per night. It’s my goal to sleep for 7-8 hours per night to give my body what it needs. While I can function on less sleep with a bit of caffeine lol, that little voice in my head is urging me to give rest greater priority. This would result in me arriving to work around 9AM. For most employees in my department this time is quite normal. I must say that I appreciate my manager, he is very understanding with respect to the time staff arrives at the office, especially those coming from far east or south Trinidad. With lecturing ending at 9PM on weeknights, it was sometimes a struggle to get my day started around 4AM or 5AM, so this new wake up time is one I can keep even on weekends. With teaching resuming on 25th May, I have time to catch up on sleep and prepare for classes for the third semester.
For the May to August semester at the University, I will be taking a lighter work load. This semester there were weeks I lectured 5, sometimes 6 days but next semester my maximum will be 4. So far I’ve had discussions to lecture for 2 days for the next semester and I’m awaiting feedback on further courses. A lighter work load will also give me the time to focus on developing the iOS Application Development course for the Bachelor Degree programme for the September to December semester. Since I’ve been spending so much time with Martin and I now refer to him as my boyfriend, he’s encouraged me to take some time for me, to rest, to reflect and focus more on personal relationships than giving my all to work. His life is a bit more balanced than mine and I admire how he makes time to call and visit his family and friends and how he prioritises rest. I can definitely take a page out of his book for the next few months and take some more time to relax and focus on myself and my personal relationships.
Today I’ll be writing about REST, not Representational State Transfer but the form of regeneration that we humans need every night. I will admit, that I don’t get as much rest as the doctor would recommend but the way I look at life is that I can spend my time resting then look back regretting not accomplishing my goals or I can push myself while listening to my body and be contented with the efforts I made. So I get about 3 hours per night with about 2 half hour naps in the day, when things are really crazy which does not happen on a weekly basis, about 5 hours sleep per night when pushing it, 6 hours per night on a regular basis and about 7 hours a night at least once per week. Yes I know sleep is necessary and I’m working on it. There is so much I want to do with my life and some goals I can see just right before me that sometimes I sleep simply because I know I’ll eventually burn out, get the flu and shut down, which is even more down time from work than sleep. Last night some unexpected circumstances forced me to go to bed at 11:30PM without preparing for this morning. I woke up at 1:30AM to prepare for the day as well as a 4AM technical interview. This did not go well. My gut told me to postpone the interview as I knew my brain would not be as responsive as it should be for technical questions. I contacted the recruiter and he suggested I speak with the company representative. I am so thankful that the company was willing to postpone to next week. While I am trying to work miracles with my 24 hours and make so many of my dreams a reality, REST is extremely important, at least for 6 hours per night. I constantly read about getting the necessary 6-8 hours rest per night and I constantly tell myself once this is accomplished I’ll get 7 hours sleep per night, then it moves on to the next goal and the next goal…lol. I’m not sure if it’s normal for the things I’m passionate about to be pushing me to the point where I’m willing to sacrifice sleep and my health to accomplish them but it’s something I’ve realised is just a part of my character. There have been nights while working on an iOS app that I have to force myself to bed simply because I know I’ll be useless in the gym for my workout in the morning. I know I’m a bit addicted to my work but it’s an addiction I think I can live with :-).