I'm the queen of blaming everyone but myself for not sleeping enough: My mom called and kept me up late chatting, that extra coffee trip with a co-worker at 4 PM made falling asleep impossible, that one episode turned into five because the plot just kept getting better.
But the truth is, I have all the control when it comes to my habits. I choose not to listen to the people, studies and many articles that say you need at least seven to nine hours of sleep a night. And the reason I do so is because of these three excuses:
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1. "I don't get tired until late"
I'm a night owl, not necessarily because I'm more productive late at night, but because my college years forever trained my body that midnight is "just too early" to go to bed.
So, I'll spend those early AM hours cleaning my apartment, or meal-prepping, or doing any little thing I can squeeze in before I finally get "tired" enough for sleep (read: downright exhausted).
Wanting to stay up late isn't a bad thing. Hey, if I can get my chores out of the way during the week so my weekend is free, I'll take it. However, blaming your body for not getting into bed earlier isn't a good reason to stay up.