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Send Your Partner to Bed Early

More Energy Project Day #22

These days I have more focus on getting sleep than ever. I’m trying to figure out how to get more sleep at night and during the day.

Most of us have some kind of sleeping routine. When I was single my sleeping routine was very easy to maintain; I simply went to bed when I was tired and there was nothing to disturb my sleep. But the rules have changed after we became a family.

Now I share the bedroom with my wife and my son Axel; and they don’t necessarily want to sleep when I do. Axel usually sleeps through the night but he awakes now and then the get his pacifier. Sharing bedroom with other people involves sounds and movement that can disturb your sleep.

I’m a light sleeper and it doesn’t take much for me to wake up. My wife and I go to bed at the same time, but my wife’s getting-to-bed-routine takes about 30 minutes more than mine does. Since I cannot sleep before my wife comes to bed I will be spending half an hour just waiting for her.

By changing our routine and sending my wife off to bed 30 minutes earlier we would be in bed at the same time and I would get about 30 minutes more sleep each night.

How does your partner help you sleep?


Down with Stress

More Energy Project Day #12 to 21

I have been down with stress. Not been able to write or think a clear thought.

I need more sleep.

I found this scary infographic about health risks of not sleeping. I am experiencing many of the symptoms.


Eating Late Upsets Your Body

More Energy Project Day #12

Another long day at work, but having a dinner to look forward to kept me going.

Although dinner with my colleagues were fantastic and energizing in the moment it ended up upsetting my body. Eating a large meal after 19.00  (7 pm) is not a good idea; especially not if it contains a large amount of protein, fat and alcoholic drinks. I ended the meal with a very good cup of coffee.

The result was that I woke up at about 3 o’clock with heartburn and headache. By eating late I’m forcing my digestive organs to work at hours where they should be resting. My liver cannot process that amount of fat and protein in the middle of the night. The caffeine disturbs my nervous system and makes it difficult to sleep.


Oatmeal for Breakfast

More Energy Project Day #11

When I woke up this morning I knew it would be a tough day. I thought it would be a good idea to eat a proper breakfast to ensure good energy for the rest of the day … or at least till noon.

I had oatmeal with soy milk and fresh apple. With that I had a good strong cup of coffee. It kept me going at work untill 10 o’clock. Then I had a piece of bread and another cup of coffee.

The rest of the day I had to keep my energy by keeping positive thoughts; the afternoon was really hard.

I’m surprised how much energy an apple and oatmeal contains. Some while ago I wrote an article of ways to improve your breakfast.

What do you have for breakfast?


What is Energy?

More Energy Project Day #10

Same pattern continues.. I feel good in the morning and for-noon, but then my energy level starts to fall.

After changing the last diaper I was exhausted and ready for bed, but I still had a lot to do, and no energy left.

I cannot help thinking what energy is? Well, I know what it is, but the kind of energy that I’m referring to in my More Energy Project isn’t just a physical energy; it is a kind of mental energy as well.

I tried to google the energy and the results were overwhelming. One article on Wikipedia caught my interest though. It was about the concept ‘energeia’ that was described by Aristotle. Energy comes from the word energeia, but has a different meaning today.

Energeia comes from the word ergon that means ‘work’.

Aristotle gives two examples of energeia:

1. Pleasure is an energeia of the human body

2. Happiness is an energeia of a human being human

Isn’t that what it is all about? My More Energy Project is about feeling energized and being happy. It’s about getting this positive feeling of well-being and being able to be me. I just want to feel that I’m good at being me. That is the kind of energy that my More Energy Project is about.

How would you describe energy?