Time Change Proves I Need a New Bed Time
Time went back one hour today. We all know that. What I didn't know is that it would ultimately change my life.
What happened to bring about this realization?
That extra hour of sleep.
Like my dad, I've never been the biggest sleeper. I could usually function well after 4-5 hours at the most. Anything more than that and I would wake up feeling more tired than I was when I went to sleep.
Then, after having my daughter, I had fewer consecutive hours of sleep. She had severe acid reflux. I'd wake up every hour and a half or so to make sure she wasn't choking without me knowing. I know it seems excessive, but I was a first-time parent, single, and she had a number of issues at birth.
Well, as she grew out of the reflux, I still had trouble sleeping through the night. For 10 years, I would awaken around 3:45 a.m. to make it to work by 5 a.m. Now that I don't have to be at work that early, I still wake up around that time, even if I didn't go to bed until 2 a.m.
Lately, I've been waking up pretty early, working to bring some sort of order to my life. (I'm VERY spontaneous, for those who don't know. Some would say I fly by the seat of my pants. I resent that, though.) So, on Saturday, I fully expected to sleep in a little later. I woke up at 4 a.m.
I had a full day Saturday and finally went to bed a little after 11 p.m. I woke up and checked the time as I usually do, but this time was different. The clock said 3:45 or so, but I felt completely rested! It was almost as if I'd had a full night of uninterrupted sleep. I forced myself to go back to sleep and woke up a little while later.
I got way more accomplished today than I do on a normal day. I thought about it, and it finally hit me that time went back this morning. That extra hour was exactly what I needed! Now, I'm thinking that I might need to adjust my bedtime to make sure I get one more hour than I normally do. If that hour can make EVERY day as productive as I felt TODAY, I'm all for it.