Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

Hot Nights and Getting Up Early

The need for sleep

Despite the fact I had two alarms set, I could not get out of bed this morning.

I failed myself today.

I set my alarms … 2 of them … to get up before 5 and work out, so I could then shower, dress and get everything done that I need to get done today, including writing this blog post. Well, best laid plans and all, the alarms – which were across the room so I’d have to get up – rang for 10 minutes before they woke me up. I got up, turned them off and climbed back into bed.


I rationalized that because our room was so hot (for some reason our upstairs air conditioning is not working and it is HOT here), I had a lot of trouble getting to sleep last night. We had fans blowing on us, I had water and I was using Young Living’s Peace & Calming and Vetiver to help nudge me into slumber.

Once I finally fell asleep, I stayed asleep. The problem was, that didn’t happen until almost midnight. I know myself. I’m not one of those people who can sleep for 4 hours and then go full throttle all day. I need my rest. Everyone needs sleep. Sleep is when the body heals itself. It regenerates and recuperates. It is vital to good health.

So, as I zombie-walked over to the alarms, I asked myself, “Is it more important to get up and work out early, or to let your body get more rest?” I decided more rest was the way to go. I climbed back into bed and got 2 hours more of much needed sleep.

While I am disappointed in myself, mostly because I realized I still have so much to do today and less hours to do them, I forgave myself. Once my blog post is finished, I’m going to take our dogs for their walk, do my workout, take a shower, get dressed for the day and get to work on my writing.

I’m having a bit of a dilemma in that department. I have 3 things going on in my head. I’ve finished a middle grade fiction book and want to revise one more time before sending it out again to agents. I’m also editing and revising the first book of a trilogy I’m writing. Third, while doing the Kon Mari method of decluttering, I ran across a romantic thriller I wrote almost 20 years ago that I was very proud of. I want to dig that out, polish it off and start sending it out to agents again.

Aside from my writing, I am also taking classes to obtain a Doctor of Naturopathy degree and building a business with Young Living.

I also have 3 children who are off from school for the summer, a house to keep clean, lunches and dinner to make and various errands to run.

In other words, I have a lot on my plate and need extra hours in the day to get everything done. The only way to get those extra hours is to get up early and get started. To do that, I need to get to bed earlier and be asleep by 10.

Somehow, I am determined to get everything done today that needs to get done. Tomorrow, I will endeavor to rise before 5 again. Wish me luck!

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