The reboot worked! Hooray!
I’m glad I didn’t stay with the 6.30 wake-up time though – that felt a bit over the top, and meant I was getting seriously sleepy at a ridiculous time in the evenings. I had images of me nodding off at the end of a home group meeting… not ideal. :-) But I’m now waking up at 8.30, and this feels good. It feels really really really good!
I don’t remember ever before in my life experiencing this morning bounciness! I’m waking up naturally, and when I wake up I’m fully awake! I used to take absolute ages to get going, couldn’t talk to another human for a couple of hours after getting up. (My theory is that I was sleeping too much, and that’s why I was so drowsy when waking up. I’m now sleeping around 7-7½ hours a night, and this feels a lot better.)
The challenge now is restructuring my day, kind of re-learning how to live now that everything has shifted so drastically. There’s stuff like working out when lunchtime needs to be for the new me – I went out to the shops one day around 1pm and found myself feeling unbelievably ravenous, so much so that I got myself a KFC and demolished it in the car before driving home; it was only later that I thought about it and realised: of course I was starving by then, I’d been up since 6.30! I’m just not used to that.
One thing that is very very clear to me is that when I get to the drowsy stage at night, I absolutely have to go with it, switch off and start unwinding towards sleep. So I’m no longer heading back to Google Plus at night – conversations with people, even if they’re fun, would mean restarting my brain, and I can’t afford to do that. I can’t afford to risk getting back to that place which I inhabited until recently, of getting up in the afternoons and… no, that was a really unpleasant and depressing place. I’m staying here, in the land of bouncy morning wakeupness. And that means that when I get drowsy at night, I have to ignore the joys of social networking, and play solitary games to unwind.
I just checked my records from this time last year and found that on 1 January 2012 I got up at 2pm, and it looks like that was my general trend around then. 1 January 2013: woke naturally at 8.30, stayed in bed with my thoughts for a while and got up at 9, feeling like I’d had a bit of a lie-in. :-) I know which one I prefer!