Don't get me wrong, I love sleep. Waking up is a form of torture for me, but I hate going to bed. No matter how tired I am, I always find a reason to stay up "just another half hour" and end up going to bed in the early hours of the morning. Of course this means I end up sleeping in late on the days I'm not working, and absolutely exhausted on the days I am. The lack of any sleeping routine is becoming frustrating so, last week, Rich challenged me to go to bed at 10pm every night for a week. I didn't need to go to sleep at 10, but I had to be in bed.
After a full day of work on 3 hours of sleep, I was exhausted by bedtime. I went up to bed at 10pm and ended up reading for another two hours but at least I was sleeping earlier than usual.
Somehow, when the alarm woke me up, I felt more tired than ever! I spent the whole day practically comatose and couldn't wait to have a lie in the following day. After a long, tiring day at work, I ended up failing on my second day and didn't go to bed until 11pm. I went to sleep half an hour later though, so I guess, in a way, I was more successful than Monday night.
Rich woke me up at 11:30am. So much for my anticipated early mornings! Needless to say, I didn't go to sleep until late. Whoops!
I had to wake up early as I had an appointment so this made me sleepy all day due to the lack of sleep the night before. I resisted the urge to nap and ended up going to bed at 10pm exactly. Finally back on track!
Of course I was still tired when the alarm went off but at least I didn't feel like I was dying. Unfortunately, I was possibly a bit too awake and went to bed at midnight. Oh dear!
Marie was picking me up at 12:30... I woke up at 12:10. All day I was absolutely exhausted, which makes no sense as I had so much sleep the night before! When I got home at about 10:30, I was so tired that I had a quick bath and went straight to bed. Maybe this bedtime routine is working?
Something magical has happened! I woke up at 9:45 on a Sunday and I wasn't even sleepy! After a week, I think I've finally cracked it!
Week of bedtimes over, perhaps there is something in this nightly routine thing. However, I don't think it's going to be as simple as fixing it in a week. As much as I hate to say this, I might need to invest a little longer in sorting my sleeping pattern out.