When I first started anchoring mornings, I couldn’t go to sleep early enough to feel good. I was seriously worried I was going to live life feeling perpetually sick and miserable.
If I went to sleep at eight pm that would give me seven hours of sleep. When I started that sounded impossible, though. I was finally crashing at eleven, some nights.
Eventually my body started to adjust, but still, only with reading could I doze off. Still, since I love to read, I’d stay up too late going from page to page then chapter to chapter.
Then came the audiobook. I can say they have saved my health and brought me so much fun. Seriously. I have the audible app on my phone and ipad. It’s amazing.
I look forward to bed time. I get under the covers as early as possible.
The last couple of months I’ve been transported to the Soviet Union. I’ve listened to two books written by Anne Applebaum: Gulag: A History and Iron Curtain – The Crushing of Eastern Europe. As you can imagine they are heavy. I shut my eyes and my imagination flies just like when I read. The books are each around 24 hours.
At first I felt guilty that I was listening and not reading. Not anymore. The end result is the same. I’m transported. I’m fascinated. Learning.
Later today I’m driving a couple of hours to visit Matt. We are meeting in Sewanee, where he went to undergrad. Well, I hate driving. I get so bored. Not this trip. I will pick up right where I left off on my book last night.
I thought to share my experience after reading this article today in the Wall Street Journal. As a heads up : the books aren’t free. I pay a monthly fee, but for me it’s worth it.