8:30! I was exhausted last night and Gary was already dozing on the couch, so we decided to just go to bed. We laughed about the times in our youth when we would have been headed out the door to a party or movie or other event. And I have to work late tomorrow night, so I’d better find some more energy! But most of our days are long: 4am to 9:30pm, so I don’t mind turning in a little early now and then. I try to be satisfied with whatever I can accomplish on any given day and not think back to the times when I could do more.
Sleep, or the lack thereof, is a common topic these days. I’m surprised by the number of people who can’t fall asleep, can’t stay asleep, and/or can’t sleep soundly, at least not without medication. My husband has had difficulty with sleep for several years, so I understand the consequences and medical implications. I sympathize with those of you who suffer the same.
When I was a child I could sleep anywhere, and often did. I grew accustomed to napping under grape vines, or in the car, or on the floor at a friend’s house. I could close my eyes and be gone in minutes.
I could also awaken without alarms. If Dad wanted to get up at 2am to embark on a trip I was sure to be awake five minutes before that, ready to go. If I had to be up at 6am I was usually tiptoeing around until my mother’s alarm sounded. My internal clock has always served me well.
However, as I get older I find that falling asleep is not always within my control. LOL I can’t tell you how many television programs I miss because I fall asleep as soon as I’m sitting still! Thankfully, I usually only need about thirty minutes of napping, so I can get a few more things done before bedtime. Gary always informs me that I’ll have to see the ending of the show during summer reruns. Hard to believe that we used to watch Johnny Carson’s monologue before going to bed!
I guess there are benefits to sleeping a few more minutes, because I feel great this morning. Maybe 8:30 isn’t such a bad idea…at least until daylight saving time begins again.