As Ben Franklin said, “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” That’s one old saying I wish wasn’t true. If you’re a teacher on summer vacation, I’m guessing you’ve gotten used to sleeping in until decadent times like (gasp!) 8:30 in the morning. It’s great while it lasts, but those first few days back in the classroom can be, literally and figuratively, a rude awakening.
Jessica Cheng at Popular Science says sleeping in is the top cause of grogginess when we return to work, whether the late slumber occurred over the course of a whole summer, or even just a weekend. That extra sleep causes a condition called phase delay — basically, your body gets used to waking up later. When you go to bed Sunday night, your body is counting on extra hours of sleep that, come Monday morning, are no longer an option.
To ease yourself back into your school-year schedule, the article states you can gradually set your alarm fifteen minutes earlier every day until you hit your target. Of course, that means you actually have to get up at that time — no snooze button allowed. But if you want more energy on your first day of class (or the Mondays thereafter), you’ll have to wake up at the same time every day, even on weekends.
Deciding whether to abandon sleeping late on weekends is a tough call, but it’s at least worth considering whether those glorious hours of rest on Saturday and Sunday are worth sloughing through the day on Monday. -BILL FERRIS