I often wake up at 2/3/4/5 am (usually to pee) and cannot go back to sleep. Whether because my brain starts thinking, a nostril is blocked and I can’t breath, I’m too hot, too cold, one of the cats will start fussing just as I’m about to drop off, I hear the birds start singing so I start thinking it will soon be time to get up… there is almost always a reason I don’t get back to sleep.
Other times, like tonight, I don’t get to sleep at all. Usually due to brain activity, often in combination with one or more of the above.
Even worse are the times I get a migraine (either before I manage to fall asleep in the first place or at some point during the night when I wake up with the start of one). In general lying down will make it worse, so I have to force myself to sit up. So the next day, in addition to the lack of sleep I have to deal with the “hangover” as well.
The waking up in the middle of the night happens a few times a week and the not sleeping at all maybe once a week (sometimes once a fortnight if I’m lucky). The point is that I am running on a sleep deficit most of the time.
On the rare occasions I manage to get 7-8 hours of sleep, or the even rarer occasions it happens 2 nights in a row I am like a different person. More energy, better mood, clear mind, it’s like heaven. Heck, even if I get 6 hours a couple of nights I feel much better.
Now normally I power through the day at work, sometimes if I have had a very rough patch I do the bare minimum, but often adrenalin kicks in at some point which also helps.
Thing is, after I complete the “must-do” part of the day, i.e. go to work and possibly go by the supermarket on my way home - just a block from where I live, I cannot, repeat cannot do anything else.
I have dropped yoga lessons, guitar lessons etc due to exhaustion. I have cancelled dates with friends because I have strength only for sitting on the sofa and watching TV.
So, what do other sleep-challenged dopers do with extracurricular stuff? Such as going to the gym, meeting friends, a hobby?
What do you do when your “must-do’s” extend past your working hours? Such as caring for an ailing relative, child related obligations etc
I was thinking of starting yoga again, and then I thought “what’s the point? You’ll only end up skipping every other class, and after a few months of that, when the busy period at work starts again, you will stop altogether”.
So, how do people cope with life outside of work?