Wednesday, January 8, 2014

(Lack of) Sleep Schedule

Until the last year or so, I fought insomnia on a weekly, even nightly, basis. Stumbling into a regular sleep schedule for the last year has been nice. And now it seems to have ended. I'm back to a shifted, annoying, non-sleep schedule.

I've tried wine, coffee (yes, it puts me to sleep), various teas, and watching Murder She Wrote mini-marathons on the Hallmark Channel. Nothing seems to work.

School starts in a week, and I need to be on a regular schedule. While I do not teach until noon, my office hours start at 10 a.m. and I need to leave for campus an hour earlier. That means waking up by 7:30 a.m. each morning… and I am not a morning person. Four hours of sleep, maybe less, won't be enough.

We did join a gym, so I am hoping that regular exercise helps. By this weekend, the weather should be nice and we'll be back to walking three nights a week and three trips to the gym. I know that I won't be able to maintain a perfect schedule with the exercise, though, because I also have a lot of evening projects and meetings this spring.

Writing and coding at night has always been my most productive time. At least I'm getting a lot done. However, I need to balance my creative energies and my work responsibilities.

1 comment:

  1. I highly recommend melatonin. Totally works for me, no groggy in the morning either. Good luck with what ever works!


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