Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Chronic Fatigue

As I've expressed before, I'm not a very good sleeper. In fact, I'd go as far as to say, I've NEVER been a very good sleeper. In general, I'm a "go to bed late" kind of gal. I don't need many hours of sleep. I think napping during the day is a waste of time. If there is the slightest noise, I'm awake.

Add on top of that, again as I've mentioned, that my daughters are light sleepers as well. Many of our nights are spent with various people wandering around. So, because I tend to go to bed late, and then am up several times, I'd say my actual hours of sleep are pretty slim.

Lately however, it all seems to be catching up with me. I've been exhausted the last week or so. I find myself falling asleep around nine every night. Of course then I wake up around an hour later and stay up till midnight. But still, I'm finding I'm struggling to stay awake. Last night, I decided that I would just "go with it." I was falling asleep reading my book and decided to just turn the lights off, put the book down and go to sleep. I was asleep by 10pm. Of course, I was still up twice in the night, and pretty much up for good by 530am. (How DO you people sleep more then 7 hours at night? I can't even imagine being in bed that long!) I typically sleep around six hours a night, so seven was a pure luxury.

Now, you'd think I would have sprung out of bed with a renewed sense of energy after such a sleep. But, no. I am sitting here, a few hours into my day, with such fatigue it's incomprehensible. I do think I'm fighting off a cold, which could explain some of it. My throat is a bit scratchy and my body a bit achy. It could be that I'm battling years upon years of lack of sleep and it's just all catching up with me now, in my advanced (ahem) years. I don't know. But I'm STILL exhausted.

I can see it now. I'm starting a new life of going to bed at 930 at night and napping during the day. Ya, I know. It's called turning into an old lady. Middle aged. Gross. Not for me. My late nights and wild days are not yet behind me. I'll fight it tooth and nail!!!!

After my afternoon nap.

1 comment:

  1. Ahhhh....sleep....mmmm. I'm one of the ones who sleeps for no less than 8 hours and sometimes up to 10 hours a night. I can't imagine sleeping less on a regular basis. Mmmmm...sleeep........zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz