Why Giving Up 30 Minutes of Sleep is a Great Idea

On most days, my alarm clock is my son Joseph. I scramble out of bed, throw on some crumpled clothes I found on the floor, and chuck any un-baby safe items in the never ending pile in our closet. On days like this – which let’s be honest are most days – I always feel like I am two steps behind whatever life hurls my way. This leaves me feeling stressed and cranky.

One morning it occurred to me that it doesn’t have to be this way. A strange and revolutionary thought popped into my head, “Mallory. What if you woke up 30 minutes early?” Having time in the morning to actually get ready? Whoa. This could change everything.

The idea of starting mornings off on the right foot isn’t exactly a new one. It’s easy to find articles that say the happiest and most successful people often wake up early and prepare for their day ahead. (Like this one!). Big hitters in our Catholic faith suggest that a peaceful morning is a great way to start our day. “Every morning prepare your soul for a tranquil day” (St. Francis de Sales). Even one of my son’s books would agree, “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a bear happy and healthy besides.” (Winnie the Pooh) Oh Winnie, you are so wise.

I am the first one to admit that those extra 30 minutes are pretty attractive to those of us who are chronically sleep deprived. But making time to prepare, pray, and find peace seems like a pretty safe bet to ensure I am at the top of my game when my toddler hits the ground running. Being a happy and patient mom will make the sacrifice worth it.  After all, am I really going to miss those 30 minutes in the day’s big picture?

How do I plan to use those 30 minutes? While doing things like praying and tidying up will certainly make my list, I think the most important thing for me is to start my day slowly. It would be wonderful to bring some good old fashioned peace back into my day.

If you are someone who finds yourself scrambling, rushed, and stressed in the morning, maybe you need an extra 30 minutes too. Perhaps if we give ourselves just a little bit more time to live slowly, we would have many more joyful people walking around. Are you up for the challenge?

malloryblog by Mallory Brisson

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