I haf a few qvestions I vould like to ask you.
(It's kinda funny because I've been thinking of writing this post about sleep for a couple of days now. Then on Thursday Linda over at Multilocus blogged about the very same subject. So although it may seem as if I'm copying her, it's really just a coincidence that we were both working on this same train of thought.)
Okay, back to the couch now. I'll ask some questions and take notes while you give me your answers. Relax, take a deep breath . . . and ve vill pro-ceed.
How many hours of sleep do you normally get each night?
How many hours of sleep do you need to get each night to feel your best?
At what time do you go to bed?
When do you get up in the morning?
Do you wake with an alarm or on your own?
Do you feel you get enough sleep?
Do you sleep more on the weekends in order to "catch up" or just because it feels good?
Do you ever take naps during the day?
Do you sleep straight through every night or do you wake to make a pit stop? (Hope I'm not getting too personal here.)
Do you ever have trouble falling asleep? Or staying asleep?
Are you a morning person or a night person?
If you could arrange your life so that you could choose, when would you go to bed and when would you arise in the morning?
I'll share some of my answers so you won't be shy of sharing yours.
I usually get between 7-8 hours sleep each night, but feel I really need 9-10 to feel my best. I know that may seem like a lot but this has been the case for me since I was in junior high school. If I went on a sleep-over (we used to call them slumber parties) on a Friday or Saturday night, my mom said I would sleep the rest of the weekend to recuperate.
It's rare that I make it to sleep before 10 o'clock. Usually more like 10:30 or 10:45. Okay, lately it's been closer to 11:00.
Normally we don't set an alarm which means I don't wake until around 7-ish.
Most of the time I feel I'm short on sleep but guilt pulls me out of bed in the morning.
My weekend sleep schedule is the same as the other five days of the week.
I never nap during the day.
I get up once almost every night to croggle on into the bathroom. (I think my bladder has shrunk to the size of a thimble.)
I rarely have trouble falling asleep. Sometimes I barely make it into bed before doing so. But I do go through "spells" when I wake at 2-2:30 in the morning and can't fall back asleep until 4:30-5. Arrrgh, I hate that!
I'm definitely a morning person. (So why can't I cut it off and get in bed earlier at night?)
Ideally, I should be in bed at night at 8:30, read until 9 and then get up at 5 a.m. But wait, that gives me only 8 hours of sleep. Do I truly need more than that? It sure seems so. But I do know that even if I get only 8 hours of sleep, the more of those hours that I get BEFORE midnight, the better I feel. For instance, yesterday morning I got up at 7 but I didn't get to bed until 11 the night before. So that should have been close to a good 8 hours of sleep, right? Then why did it take me until after noon (literally) before I felt and looked like I was awake? Makes me think there is something to a natural rhythm (for me, anyway) of waking with the sun, and probably going to sleep with with sun, that is more normal and physiologically healthy for human beings.
If I could arrange my life so that my sleep patterns were ideal, I would require less than 8 hours of sleep each night to feel good, I would go to sleep no later than 9 p.m. and arise by 5 a.m. or even earlier. I love, love, love those early morning hours. It gives me a feeling of being on top of (and ahead of?) things for the whole day.
Now get up off my couch. It's currently 9:14 p.m. as I write this and I need to go to sleep.
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