Back in High School, I had a teacher who wanted to meet with me to discuss my Senior Research Paper at 7AM on a Saturday morning. It was all I could do to not laugh in his face. I had to get up at about 5:30AM Monday through Friday and early on Sundays for Chapel so Saturday was the one day of the week I could sleep in and here he was wanting to ruin it for me. I, as politely as possible, indicated that there was no chance in Hades that I was going to report for a 7AM meeting on a Saturday and he retorted “What are you going to do when you have a job you have to be at every morning?” and I responded “I’m smart enough to not ever GET a job with such a ridiculous requirement as a 7AM start time!” And then, well, life happened and pretty much all of my corporate career I had to be up by 6AM to be to work on time (maybe not 7AM but certainly by 8AM).
So, here it is 5:30AM. And I am awake and typing a blog post. But I didn’t just get up. Oh, nay nay! I am STILL up from yesterday. I haven’t gone to bed yet. And so, while the rest of the US working world is getting up for work on Thursday morning right now, this still counts (in my mind) as Wednesday’s workday for me. It happens that I am registered for a seminar this morning (a client requested I sign up for the seminar) that starts at 9AM, so I am thinking that I am just going to stay up. I have more work to be doing and then there’s the seminar. I am not 100% sure I will be able to stay awake all day… maybe I’ll sneak in a nap after the seminar (it’s only an hour).
The whole bedtime dilemma is not helped at all by the fact that I have insomnia 90% of the time so I end up staying up until I simply cannot stay awake anymore so that I don’t have to go to bed and stare at the wall for hours. Melatonin gives me horrific nightmares. Benadryl makes me groggy the next day. It works pretty well for me to just go to sleep when I can’t keep my eyes open anymore and wake up when I wake up.
Anyone else have an odd schedule? Are you a morning person or a nightowl by nature?