Day 991: Allergies, Sleep

Oh, man! I have not had allergies my whole life, but now, these last few years… POW. This week has been especially brutal, and I literally hit the wall this morning… so, bonus sleep.

Am I thrilled by this? No. Did I need this? I’d argue yes — up a lot of the night either actively awake and snuffling, or semi-sleeping because I’d be snorting and congested. So the extra hour of super sleep after thoroughly emptying my sinuses was a huge help.

As usual when I’ve done the back to bed thing, it’s a bit of a hustle out the door at this point… class this morning, then work.

Day 979: Man, I Love Sleep

Seriously! I really, really, enjoy sleep. Not, like, in a depressed way, just in a “genuine enthusiasm” kind of way. Sleep’s great!

I’m writing this because, no surprise, I just woke up — Saturdays are wonderful, but I have to say I’m looking forward to the radio show ending and being able to sleep in a bit more.

Studying this weekend! I’ve got a lot on the go, educationally — taking one course, auditing another, and law courses are very read-ish. I’ve got about 40 pages of contracts, and dozens of my advanced research course.

Which is fine/good! It’s what I signed on for. I’m excited about it. It’s just what it is right now, and for the next year or so: lots and lots of reading!

And, hopefully, naps.

Day 971: Things are good!

A few nights of solid sleep; whatever was instigating nightmares seems to have passed. Looking forward to school next week, and I’ve settled into an understanding of how Dry and Mighty is going to work, which is a good balance of modestly ambitious and flexible enough to not be a burden if schoolwork gets heavy.

I stepped away from writing for a minute to take a look at my “proper” course in the online course management system — and yes! There will be a lot of reading to do. I feel up for it, obviously, but I think it’s going to become a huge focus.

Broadly speaking, kind of keeping on and counting down the days til classes begin right now. Any anxiety is sliding into excitement at this point. I’m looking forward to this.

Day 969: Back to Bed!

Bad sleep again — what’s up, nightmares? Snakes! Weird brain week. But I’m powering through with up early, exercise, and very soon back to bed.

It is a weird brain week. I’m’a chalk it up to a big work project and being back in school soon; this is one of those situations where I feel like things are good and on track, but who knows what mental chaff is ticking around in the back end.

So: shower, and quick nap before work. Good to have exercise done for the morning, even if it’s a short bout.

Day 930: Tired!

I’ve been sleeping solid, but yesterday and today (so far) it’s just been impossible to keep my eyes open. What’s up? I’ve been exercising but in the low half of the spectrum — 5k rows, 6k runs, not the 10ks I used to do. Sleep’s actually been solid, even though it’s been hot. So why am I wiped out?

This might just be a matter of grabbing a nap today. We’ll see if I can knock this out.

Day 918: Sleep Drugs

We picked up some “SUPER SLEEP” at Costco yesterday, which is pretty much what it sounds like — Melatonin and some other stuff. I gave it a shot last night, just to make sure I got a solid night’s sleep, and… yup. Super Sleep.

The problem the next day is I’m crazy groggy. It’s just… groggy. Such grogginess. So it’s been mediocre exercise and a lot of dragging my butt around the house, trying to wake up.

So a slow start to the day, but I feel back on track. Off to work, and then back on the checklist tonight…

Day 905: Up early, lousy sleep

We’re into the “hot sleep” days of summer; these are rough. We wound up moving downstairs to the guest bedroom, which is easy a 2-3 degree difference (Celsius), but then the cats found out and went bonkers, so it’s been a rough night all round.

Giving my wife a lift to work with the Temporary Car as it’s raining; then back to bed, I think. Knocking this out now so I can head right to sleep when I return.

Yesterday was our fifth anniversary in Kingston; the city/move has given us a lot, and even with the Grand Funk, I’m grateful. We went out and ate too much, then felt gross, which may also have contributed to the lack of sleep.

Day 875: Yawn!

Up til past 1 a.m. again last night, this time D&D — woke up around 4:45 as my wife was going to work, so that’s… less than four hours sleep? I’ve dozed a bit more, but my dreams went weird, so I’m up to do this, then probably a few chores, and then strategic napping through the day.

On-track is gonna be tough today, but important!

Day 851: Exercise anyway

I don’t know how much pride you’re supposed to feel in kind of just doing the baseline of what you’re supposed to be doing, but hell, I’m proud anyway.

My wife is on shift work; yesterday was a noon-midnight, which meant she rolled into bed somewhere between 12:30 and 1 a.m., and it’s frankly hard to go to sleep until she gets home, so I’d had a restless night before then. And when she came in, that activated the younger cat, who — this is a new one — brought a toy up to the bedroom, hopped up on the bed with it in his mouth, and when we wouldn’t play fetch with him started to knock it off the bed and hop back on with it, and repeat.

So not a great night for sleep.

The upshot being I went back to bed at 5:30, set an alarm for an hour, got up intending to just put in the minimal 10 minutes on the rower, but wound up doing the full 5k. Because I should, I guess.

Running late now, but I’m pretty pleased with myself. I had an excuse to lowball, and I didn’t. Ha.

Day 837: Rockin’ the Morning

Another 4 a.m. up, as my wife’s starting at 5; I’ve actually made dinner for tonight (mostly, there’s two components left to go) as well as the Everything Else; I’m going to try to grab a short nap before heading to work as well.

Good sleep hygiene would suggest that I should get up at 4 a.m. all the time, but that’s insane, and the cats won’t let me sleep once my wife is up; they’re awake at that point, and since they get fed at five and I’m the guy who makes it rain in the morning, it’s not my wife they bug.

So I lean into the early up, and now dinner’s (almost) made, cats are fed, exercise and shower done, I’m dressed — the big question becomes “nap or not,” and if I nap, whether I’ll have time for book work this morning.

But a regular 4 a.m. up is off the table.