At the ripe age of 30, I have successfully transitioned from my vampire days to greet the hummingbirds at their morning yawn.
Until I was 27, I was a night owl, staying up until 3AM almost every night and wondering why I was so hungry at 10pm. Silly girl. I loved being awake when no one else was, I felt like I had the world at my fingertips, sometimes heading to the grocery store around midnight.
Writing at 1am became my nightly routine. And then I met someone. Someone who woke up @ 5am. My nightly sessions of staying up, playing music and making desserts were becoming a thing of the past. This someone couldn’t even fathom staying awake that long, it didn’t bother him though. He fell asleep around 10pm and I tried to stay quiet while I read magazines and pretended to watch the movie he started for me.
The transition was slow. Instead of 3am, I went to bed at 2am and so on, until I was falling asleep around 10:30! I never thought I’d be an early bird, I lived for the night! Now I can’t imagine staying up past 11pm. There are those nights when he is gone at work and I find myself getting sucked into watching the shows I’ve DVR’d until 11:15, dragging myself to sleep and then just laying there…I missed the window of perfect sleeping time. Between 10-10:30, after that, the REM sleep is disturbed. So tired, but the mind says, “hee hee hee, you stayed up too late, you fool!”
Are you in a transition? This will help:
- Start slow. Try falling asleep 30 minutes earlier than the night before. Try it a couple times a week and slowly progress until you’ve reached your desired bedtime.
- Don’t eat sugar late at night. Don’t drink it either. Your mind will have no problem keeping you awake. Sugar = not a good sleep, same with caffeine. Your body changes as you get older, so sugar and caffeine might not have bothered you before, but times are a changin’. Knock it off.
- Read before bed. Or take a long, hot shower/bath. Anything relaxing will help. What won’t help is staring at the computer, playing video games or watching a stress inducing TV show with lots of drama.
The early bird really does get the worm. I never understood, but now I do. If I don’t work out in the morning, it’s usually not happening. This is coming from someone who used to work out at 8PM almost every night of the week for a long ass time. The transition is possible. Start small. You got this.