Reasonable Hours

178 fiction words, 363 total words

Everyone’s definition of reasonable hours of wake and sleep are different. DH goes to bed around 8 p.m., while I prefer later hours, like midnight. The youths have had a 9 p.m. bedtime for ages, but Junior Youth is developing a distinct preference for later hours with no ill effects, so we can work with that.

I was right when I guessed why I was having trouble sleeping/waking. Well, at least my theory was proved by one night of testing. (Not very scientific, I realize.) I didn’t have any soda, actually, at all yesterday, and I purposefully didn’t have one once I got home (which I wanted, desperately). Getting to sleep was a snap, as usual, which was a relief.

The other thing I did last night was that I deleted all of my alarms except the 8 a.m. one and the 6 a.m. one I keep for everyone else. Technically, I kept the 5 a.m. one, too, in hopes I can get back to early mornings because those are wonderfully productive. But just knowing I didn’t have those alarms available easily helped me get up. I did hit snooze several times, but snooze on one alarm is vastly different than snooze on four.

178 fiction words, 363 total words

Hopefully, a side effect of getting up close to the hour I want is more productivity. Yesterday was not a productive writing day at all. I got to our writing/editing group and had nothing. Something has changed for me there, but it’s hard to put my finger on it.

I’ll sort it out eventually, I’m sure. For now, words.