Getting Older – I’m So Sleepy

So I had a great idea in my freshman year of college on a friday night. I had hung out with my friends until about 2 am, then people were falling asleep, so I headed back to my room. I thought about bed, but then I saw that I had Final Fantasy X on my desk, and it was begging to be played. So I started playing, thinking I’ll only play for a little while. Well, next thing I knew, it was 5 AM, which normally would have not been a problem…unless I had to be at work the next day at 8:30. Of course, I did have to be to work the next day at 8:30.
No matter, I just consumed caffeine, did a quick run around the building, ate breakfast, and headed to work. I did my job as a teller at a large bank from 830 – 130, then came home, slept for an hour and hung out with my friends for the rest of the night until about 2 AM again. Somehow, I had slept 1 out of approximately 48 hours, and was completely coherent the entire time.
Now, compare that to how my sleeping habits have been recently. I am writing this blog at 8 PM on a Tuesday night while watching the Diamondbacks game, and I feel like I could fall asleep right this second. I went to sleep last night at 1030 and woke up at 6. I get about 7-8 hours of sleep a night, and now have become everything that I never wanted to be: An early to bed, early to rise type of guy. Granted, the fact that I have to be to work at 7 AM every day fuels my desire to go to bed early. When I was younger I figured that if I was up before 9 AM I was wasting valuable sleeping time, now if i’m asleep past 9, I feel like I’m wasting valuable daylight.
Most studies will tell you that a teenager like me back in college would need about 8 ½ to 9 hours of sleep every night. Those same studies will show that Adults will only need about 7 hours of sleep every night. I’ve even seen studies that show the elderly only need about 5-6 hours every night. So why is it I could stay up for hours on end when I was a younger and now, only 10 years later, can barely stay up past 10 anymore?
For me, it comes with routine. I’ve found that I feel much better when I have a daily routine and stick to it every day, then I can operate on less sleep. I used to be able to just spend all of Sunday sleeping, and it would make up for the rest of the week of my sleep deprivation. Now, my body won’t let me sleep in anymore, putting even more importance on having a nightly schedule. I can only imagine that this is going to get much worse as I get older, even though all the studies show that I’ll need less and less sleep. Getting older sucks doesn’t it? Now if you’ll excuse me, it’s past my bedtime, and I might fall asleep on the keyyhfal;sigthoitgoihgpoiwpen…

One thought on “Getting Older – I’m So Sleepy

  1. What a pity! He glared at Bill, ready to teach him a lesson. Forget it! Tom’s birthday is this week. Don’t let me down. We should not only know the theory but also how to apply it to practice. If only I could fly. Let me explain why I was late. He can’t take a joke.

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