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Make Your Weekend Last (and Last...)

Have a pajama day.

Or at least a pajama morning. Staying in your pj's feels indulgent and puts you in that wonderful I-have-all-the-time-in-the-world frame of mind. Sit down for breakfast, flip through a magazine, and don't change out of your nightie until it's absolutely necessary. If you have an early-morning commitment, slip on your pj's for a slumber party that night: Pop in a movie and kick back.

Get up within an hour of normal wake time.

Otherwise you'll throw off your body clock, making it harder for you to fall asleep at night and get out of bed on Monday morning — which dissolves any refreshed-and-ready-to-start-the-week feelings you had Sunday night, says sleep expert Sara Mednick, an assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego.

Make Sunday night family night.

Find a routine that works for you — whether it's having dinner together or going out for dessert — and stick to it. Set a time for the activity and specify that everyone's homework/bill paying/housework must be done by 6 p.m. because it's family night. Not only will you fend off that end-of-the-weekend dread (a.k.a. Sunday-nitis), but you'll also wind down the day on a relaxing note — and recharge your batteries for the full week ahead.


Originally published on: April 22, 2008


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