Darn That Daylight Savings Time!

I was on a roll with my sleep lately. Prone to insomnia, especially when stressed or worried, it is not uncommon to find me wide awake in the middle of the night. I know I do not function well without a fair amount of sleep so I guard it carefully. I make it a habit to practice good sleep hygiene. This includes things like no caffeinated beverages after 3pm, a glass of wine at dinner – not later in the evening, keeping my bedtime routine the same – which includes reading a book for a few minutes, and having a dark but cool room. I am sensitive to any and all changes that occur in that routine – be it an outside light left on, a warmer than needed pajama set, or the lack of a good book to read. I try not to do school work or have difficult conversations right before bed. I also try to make sure I have a light snack, since I’ve noticed that if I wake up hungry in the middle of the night, it is difficult to get back to sleep. (This is definitely a first world problem.)  I also make it a habit to go to bed at the same time each night – within a range of 30 minutes, either side of 10:30 p.m.. And, I try to arise the same time each day. This is fairly easy when I have lunches to make and course work to tackle. I always feel like I am wasting time if I late to rise in the morning. So, I get up.

Being that I am so protective of my sleep and careful with my sleep habits, I have been very happy that my insomnia seemed to be under control lately- even with being somewhat stressed with life this winter.  But, I also know I am very sensitive to ANY changes. So, why would I be surprised when I was unable to get to sleep last night. Yesterday, we turned the clocks ahead by an hour for Day Light Savings Time.  UGH!

You have got to be kidding me, I thought to myself!  I had no worries. But, I had also skipped my evening snack because I wasn’t hungry.  I had a clue there might be a problem when I went to bed (at the same time, but really an hour early – on old time, as we say in our house) and remembered that I had finished the novel I was reading (The Woman in Cabin 10) and was without a book. I got back up and took We Were Liars off the shelf in my son’s room, getting back into bed and realizing my stomach was growling!  I tried to ignore it. I read a little bit, I was sleepy. I turned off the light and WHAM –  I find myself wide awake within ten minutes. By midnight I was in the kitchen making tea (decaf, of course) and helping myself to pretzel goldfish. (Thanks, Pepperidge Farms!)

It was probably close to 1 a.m. before I fell asleep – on the couch cozied up with two throws draped over me. I am ready to ditch that old tradition of Day Light Savings Time. It used to be hard to keep the kids on track when the time switched, now – it seems to be my problem! That Darned Daylight Savings Time!

10 Thoughts

  1. I think 99% of the population would agree with you. Sadly, it must be that 1% that decides how to upset everyone’s sleeping habits and turn our lives upside down for at least a week. Hope your nights get better, and in the meantime, hope you find a new book.

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    1. Thanks! I think many can relate to this time change issue! I shook my head too, but in a negative fashion while I was lying on the couch at 1am! I hope you get back in the swing of things soon! How was your presentation at the State Conference?

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  2. So many reasons that I grumble about time changes – and my own sleep is definitely one of them! Here’s hoping that it’s a temporary glitch and that you adjust easily tonight. Or, if not, that you have enough pretzel goldfish to get you through!

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  3. You know, I’ve never noticed a problem in adjusting to DST. Until last night. Went to bed, couldn’t get settled. Got up and had some sleepy time tea, along with one chapter in book. Then slept fine.
    Hope tonight goes smoothly for you!

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