Ahhh, the sun is shining, breakfast was good and…OMG I got 8 hours of sleep last night!!!
Yes, this is groundbreaking. I can’t remember the last weeknight I was able to sleep for 8 full hours. When school’s out and I can sleep in, no problem. But normally? Big problem.
My mom has been saying to me daily for the past, oh, fifteen years or so, (and…okay, fifteen years before that as well) “Go to bed early!” Understandable, since she knows I usually don’t go to sleep before 1 or 2am. Lately friends have nagged me, “You have to go to bed earlier!” whenever I mention I’m so tired my eyes won’t stay open…at noon. And my response to everyone has always been, “I can’t SLEEP any earlier. I can either go to bed at 10 and lay there for hours, or I can work for hours and then go to bed and (eventually) sleep.”
After all this time, I went to a sleep specialist yesterday and was told I have a circadian rhythm disorder. Just like that everything made sense. My body isn’t ready to go to sleep until 2 or 3am, and yet I have to get up at 7 to get the kids ready for school. I’m always exhausted. Duh.
The solution is my new best friend: melatonin. One little pill.
OMG I got 8 hours of sleep last night. (Pick yourself up off the floor, Mom!)
Any other nightowls out there who repeatedly wonder why your hours are so different from society’s? One. Little. Pill.