As someone who routinely gets 5 and 1/2 hours of sleep a night, I’ve ignored the health warnings about sleep deprivation for years. I’d try to get a nap in during the afternoon, but I was able to function and unwilling to give up my late nights, which since I get up at six am every school morning, didn’t leave me many Zzzzs.
But as I’ve become more diligent about taking care of myself, I’ve read a lot about how sleep affects health, stress, concentration, weight gain… everything! So the last few nights I experimented with not allowing myself on the computer after 9:30 when I go downstairs to watch something with the kids before bed for an hour.
It wasn’t easy at first. I was used to going up to my office before bed and getting some work done, answering emails, etc. It felt weird to go upstairs, read, and go to bed. Decadent even!
But I have to say, I’m feeling really, really good. And I’m sure part of it is that I’m back to juicing, but I just know the extra sleep I’m getting (now more like seven hours a night) is a big factor. The bonus? I actually work more effectively the next day, too, so anything I’m not doing during a late night work session is getting done during the day.
All in all, I call this sleep experiment a success. Which is why it’s this week’s Little Thing!
It sounds crazy, but one of the things I love most about having coffee in a good hotel is the cups. They tend to be big, complete with a saucer and weighty feel that makes you feel like your breakfasting (I feel very British typing that and I don’t know why) at the Four Seasons even if you’re really at the Hilton.
Not that there’s anything wrong with the Hilton.
Anyway, I bought a set of these cups and saucers at a local auction a few years ago. They’re Hungarian porcelain, and I think I paid something like $10 for ten of them. Back then, I was selling antiques to make a living while I wrote Prophecy of the Sisters, and I spent many hours sitting at local auctions, bidding on things I loved and thought I could sell.
Problem is, when you buy things you love, you usually don’t want to sell them. Case in point; these cups. They sat in my “to be sold” pile for months before migrating to my cupboard, used only on special occasions.
But I’m not really a believer in “saving” things for a special occasion. Every day is – or should be – a special occasion, and like so many things I “meant” to sell, these cups became part of my daily repertoire. Now I use them for my morning coffee every day, and you know what? They make every morning a little special, even if I’m on the sofa instead of at the Four Seasons.
The best part about this “little thing” is that it’s a cheap way to give yourself a little luxury every morning of the week. And you don’t have to buy one from a store. Take your time and search yard sales, auctions, and flea markets for the perfect cup, one that makes you feel special every time you use it. It can be a dainty cup and saucer, a heavy hand-thrown mug, or old hotel porcelain (I suspect this is what my Hungarian cups are). Whatever speaks to you, the search is part of the fun!
What about you? What’s a “little thing” that makes your mornings nicer? Post in comments or tweet with #thelittlethings.