Sleeping In

Are you a morning person? Or, have you put out a contract hit on your alarm clock? Do you keep a baseball bat next to your bed? Not for protection, but to beat that buzzing monstrosity senseless on Monday mornings? I’ve been in both camps over the years. Early and Late Riser. However, I’ve always felt that getting up early on your own, versus being jolted awake before the crack of dawn, are two completely different things. One has you ready to take on the world, and the other has you ready to murder anyone who gets between you and your morning coffee.

After leaving my last full-time job, I was all over the map in the sleep department. When you’re unemployed, you feel guilty about every minute of sleep. You always feel like you should be doing something to find a job, 24/7. I eventually became an early riser, getting additional shuteye with afternoon naps. As I mentioned in my recent article about Walt and Mary Ann, I never understood why old people always got up so early. The answer is simple. They don’t have a choice. At least, it seems that way in my case. When you’re done sleeping, it’s time to get up. Period.

When I was a kid, I always relished sleeping in on Saturday mornings. Not that it happened much in a house full of four kids and a dog. However, when I woke up after the day had already begun, it was magical. Over the past few years, I have been struggling with establishing a regular sleep pattern. One that doesn’t have me up at the crack of dawn. A nightly routine that achieves the suggested seven to nine hours per night. Yeah, you’re dreaming! Maybe not. I recently found an article that promised 7 Tips for Resetting Your Sleep Patterns. I think I’ll give them a whirl.

During these housebound days of stress and worry, a good night’s sleep is one of the few joys in life. Without the risk of infection. Try out some of these techniques and let me know if they work out for you. After all, we’ve nothing to lose but more sleep!

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