Mind Shift, Sleep Shift

Anyone have any thoughts on shifting one’s entire hours-of-operation? I ask because I seem incapable of sleeping past, oh, 4 or 4:30 a.m. Waking up at 4:30 a.m. isn’t the end of the world, but it means I have to head to bed at 9:30 or 10 o’clock each night so I can try like hell to get my 6 1/2 or 7 hours of sleep.

This means I’m going to bed, during the summer months, earlier than my 12-year-old (and at about the same time as my 10-year-old).

Today I’m going to research sleep hours and adjusting my internal clock.

Here’s something else crazy – now that my kids are getting older, and it’s summertime, most of my mornings will be me, awake, having breakfast, taking the dog for a walk, having coffee, reading some articles on the laptop, maybe watching The Daily Show from the night before, shower, shave, and head off to work and I won’t see anyone in my family (which will be amplified if my mornings keep starting at 4:30 a.m.).

I wonder if I stay up later if I’ll sleep longer (it’s never worked in the past). But if I go to a 1980s adult schedule and force myself to always stay up and, at least, see the opening monologue of The Tonight Show, maybe going to bed at midnight will let me sleep until 6:30 or 7:00 a.m.

Leave a comment if you got something to say.

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