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