Reasonable Hours

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.

One Reply to “Reasonable Hours”

  1. I’m finding summer hours beautiful. For me, being able to get up to see my husband off in the morning, then go back to bed for a couple of hours (instead of making sure the kids get off to school) works perfectly with my preferred later bedtime.

    Daughter likes it, too, and really wishes I didn’t make her go to bed so early. (Don’t tell her your kids’ bedtime, please!)

    Really, there are people who like to go to bed at 8????

    Hugs on the writing meeting not feeling fulfilling for you. Hope you sort out why.

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