I have always called myself a night-owl. I have an odd type of insomnia. I sleep either 3 hours, 6 hours or 9 hours … and here is the fun part … I never know which one it will be! It makes for an odd collection of half-read books, watching classic movies, theological research, and of course, blogging.
I go to bed around 10 every night, I just never know how long I will be there.
It has been like this since my early 20s and I have just gotten used to it. I build in variables each night and through out the week, I chip away at my to-do list and blog about the stuff on my mind. After close to 20 years, the erratic nature of my sleep cycles became as much a part of the routine as erratic things can become.
For the past 4 years I have invested lots of late night hours into my various blogs and projects. People always comment that I am prolific, but in reality I just can’t sleep.
Well, about 3 weeks ago something changed. My wife suggested that I try taking melatonin before bed. I am not a big fan of ‘taking stuff’ but this is something that your body produces naturally but can decrease as you age.
So I gave it a try 3 weeks ago and for the past 21 nights have slept through the night getting between 8 and 9 hours of sleep! The upside is that I feel like a new man. Not only do I feel 5 years younger but my eyes are not fatigued and I don’t have to wear glasses. It’s amazing.
The downside, however, is that I no longer have the time that I formerly spent writing. I get up in the morning, do some reading, head to work, come home for dinner, walk the dog and then either do homework or watch a movie with my wife.
Don’t get me wrong: I feel fantastic. I am happy about the change. All I’m saying is that melatonin has wrecked my blog.
Oh sure, I will still put out 3 posts a week but it looks like the seasons are changing… unless, of course, after this semester I can adjust my daily routine. I just wanted to A) say thank-you to everyone who has made this past 4 years an amazing conversation and faith and everyday life B) I wanted to let you know about the obvious changes around here.
my the grace of God lead us on together – Bo
April 2, 2012 at 3:46 pm
I’ve taken melatonin a few times, especially during high stress periods where I’m unable to sleep or my sleep is restless. It helps to put me back on a somewhat ‘normal’ cycle without the ‘hangover’ associated with other sleep-aids.
It’s awesome that you’re feeling better!
April 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm
You could just stop taking it 😉
Glad your finally getting good rest Bo.
April 2, 2012 at 11:04 pm
We call it a miracle drug for sleep. John has been taking it for years. Sleep well my friend
April 21, 2012 at 3:26 pm
I’ve had insomnia since I was born! Melatonin is the only thing that has worked for me. It’s also good for the body in lots of ways and keeps you looking younger.
April 21, 2012 at 4:51 pm
I am going on 5 weeks of sleeping through the night!