I said I would so here I am writing about it . . .
From a young age I tended to be up late. Often I didn’t get to bed before the early hours of the morning and with my teen years came ‘meeting the sun’ on a regular basis. This continued into my late teens with no signs of stopping. It was just the way my sleep pattern was, or rather, lack thereof. It became worse when I was involved in a long distance relationship, where it began to feel like I was living in two time zones at once for a period of time and even when that was over, my body found it difficult to readjust to it’s old ‘little sleep’ rhythm.
In my teens writing was my go-to activity, therefore, being able to stay up for extended periods, for months sometimes, was perfect for this. As I’ve said in earlier posts, I put fiction writing on hold for some years, but during that time, giving into my need to stay awake worked for my various activities — lead singing in a rock band, gaming, anime watching . . . don’t judge.
When I put that stuff behind me (and for anime and gaming — on hold), in order to be serious about writing, I also decided I wanted to develop better sleeping practices. However, the reason I sometimes get put off by this, is that I feel like I should be up writing instead of (lightly) snoring. I feel like I’m wasting precious hours that could be spent fingers to keys, while I dream about . . . well, the stuff I dream about.
On top of all this, the unthinkable started to happen. I actually get sleepy at certain times during the night now, meaning that as long as I go to bed, I can go to sleep. Unheard of! This ‘phenomenon’ is so strange, that at first I wondered if I should just take something to stay up. Coffee, over-the-counter anything, so I wouldn’t have to feel the bout of sleep coming on, because usually as long as I pass it, I’m good to go for however long after. I ended up not going for any of this though, because I now truly believe in the power of proper rest and sleep. I don’t want to force myself awake if I can get some time in bed, because I know I’ll be even more ready and rearing to go when I sit in front of my computer to write some more. I’m not saying it works every time, in fact, most days in a week it doesn’t, (like right now). But, I do want to make a valiant effort to improve on my sleep. I like the idea of a clearer head and a well rested body, so I can feel even more comfortable in all ways, when I sit down to write.
Readers, I wish you all the best and . . .