Michael Kranak, MA – @KranDaddy
You are not tired.
That’s right. I said it. You are NOT tired. You think you’re tired, but can you REALLY tell me what tired feels like?
I’m as guilty as the next person: I’ve hit the snooze button before; I’ve taken naps before. But I wasn’t really tired. What I want to use this article for is to help others figure out what tired REALLY is.
If you know me, then you know Monday – Friday I wake up between 4:00-4:30am to get to the gym bright and early. And not to brag, but I haven’t slept in Monday – Friday since roughly July. Along with allowing me to start my day off in the gym, waking up that early on a consistent basis has helped me learn the difference between ACTUALLY being tired, and thinking I’m tired. It can be tough to explain, but I’ll try my best.
When I talk about actually being tired, I’m referring to a state of deprivation – if you haven’t had enough sleep you won’t be able to efficiently function during the day. But, what does that feel like? Most people think “tired” is that groggy feeling upon hearing the alarm, wanting to roll back over for 10, 15, 30 more minutes; “tired” is wanting to be lazy and roll around in bed.
Okay, so then what’s TIRED?
Actually, being tired can be identified by a few things. First, if you have consistently NOT been getting 6-8 hours of sleep a few days in a row, this is the first warning sign you might actually be tired. Next, if you get up out of bed, start to go through your morning routine, and then BAM – it’s like a headache came out of nowhere, you’re moving through fog, and everything seems slow. Now I usually try to push through that last sign of being tired – it’s possible you may have woken up during a cycle of deep sleep. If you stay up for 30-60 min, and you feel sick/unable to function for the day, then chances are you are ACTUALLY tired.
One of my biggest sources of inspiration is former Navy SEAL, Jocko Willink. He wakes up every morning between 4:00-4:30am to “get after it.” Every now and then, even he will post a picture on IG saying how he didn’t get enough sleep and needed to take another hour or so to fully be able to function. That’s totally cool. When one has the discipline to wake up every day consistently, then being able to recognize when you really need more rest can be a game changer.
I say all of that with a word of caution: this does NOT give you a free pass to hit snooze and sleep in every. single. day. Chances are you are NOT tired. Get up out of bed, get moving. You’ll see that once you’re up and moving, drinking your morning big glass of water and cup of coffee, you’re truly ready to start your day.
Everyone has the same 24 hours in a day, how are YOU going to make the most of them?
Get up. Get moving. Get after it.
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