My attitude about sleep has certainly changed over the course of the years. I remember a time when I would mercilessly mock those who caved and hit the sack before 11 PM. How could you possibly leave the conscious world behind when there was so much left to do after 11? I considered an early bedtime an outright admission that your wild youth was at an end. I'm still a night owl, but oh, how I love my sleep. One poor night's sleep and the next day (or even two) is ruined for me. I don't know how insomniacs do it. When I don't get a full 7-8 hours, I feel like my immune system weakens before my very eyes. I can't think, my head usually aches, and I am a mere shadow of my usual self. Fortunately, my sleep is usually deep and sound (thanks to my acupuncturist!) I do always feel better, though, when I hit the 8 hour mark. I'm okay with seven, but I function optimally with that extra hour of sleep under my belt.
Today's goal is to focus on getting into a sleep schedule that will best benefit me. This doesn't mean going to bed at 9:00; it's simply not possible for me, and even if it was, I wouldn't be able to stick with such a drastic change. No, over the course of the next few weeks I am going to shift my pattern slowly. I'm going to aim to go to bed five minutes earlier every evening-completely doable, right? Remember...small changes.