If you’re awake for 18 hours and require 8 hours of sleep, then you mess up your sleep schedule. That’s where I am right now.
The late evening offers me my own Fortress of Solitude to write, read or review my photographs. And, since my wife goes to bed around 9:30pm, I can watch Sports Center to my heart’s content. However, since I’m not spending my day in a preschool classroom, when midnight comes around, I’m not tired. Here’s an example of my wake-up times to my bedtime…
Monday: 7:30am – 2:00am
Tuesday: 9:30am – 2:30am
Wednesday: 10:30am – 3:45am
Thursday: 10:15am – 4:00am
Friday: 11:15am – 5:30am
I’ve laid still – in bed – until 3am and I’m still wide awake. I’ve read in the dark with my Kindle Paperwhite. I’ll lay down on the couch and watch the 5th re-run of Sports Center. I’ll go for a jog or hike during the day. I’ve even taken sleep aides (but I don’t like taking medications… typical guy?) Doesn’t work. Nothing exhausts me more than working 8-hours in a preschool classroom.
The only “solution” that has worked has been having my wife be an alarm clock. On the weekend, Kaitlyn will wake me up around 9:30am, regardless of what time I went to bed the night before. And, as you can see from my schedule, that means I get – maybe – 4 hours of sleep. I’ll be so tired from lack of sleep that I’m crashing by 8:30pm. However, if it’s 9:30 in the morning – and your wife has made you breakfast and coffee – you’d wake up too. This is by no means a long-term solution but, until I get back to work, not sure what else will help.
Over the next couple of days, my wife and I will be going on our first camping trip: 3 days and 2 nights. We both think that hiking and being outdoors all day will be physically exhausting enough for me to fall asleep naturally. I hope so.