Man, there are some days I’m jealous of Rachel Ray, and other people like her who don’t need sleep.
I had a friend in college who slept 3 hours a night. One of my yoga students was the same way. (Both men. Coincidence?) I asked them what they did with all their time. One said that he worked two jobs. The other said that he spent a lot of time reading (and man, was he smart!)
Recently, I’ve been able to get a good … oh, 1 hour of work in a day. At night, starting at around 10pm or so, when people who don’t sleep do their best work, I’m a zombie.
It’s not like I spend the day working like a dog. Or non-stop go go go (although some days are like that). I am pretty good at balancing. But 10pm is my pumpkin time. Sometimes as early as 9. And I’m worthless. I can’t make a coherent thought.
And, on the rare occasions that something gets my attention and I “wake up” after 9pm, I then have insomnia when I try to get to sleep later. The kind of insomnia where I’m exhausted, but I can’t sleep. Then morning comes, and I don’t want to leave my bed.
My kids have evolved into a later schedule. They wake up around 8 or 9 in the morning, go to bed around 10. Unfortunately, I need as much sleep as they do. So I can’t sneak work in while they are sleeping.
So I try to squeeze in “me” time during the day. Like right now. We have 10 minutes until it’s time to head out to gymnastics. The kids are playing a game, and I’ve snuck back to my puter to whip up this entry.
How much sleep do you need? Are you able to work when the kids are asleep? When do you find time to do “me” stuff? And what about things like bills, and phone calls, and errands and all that? What about a part-time job or a freelancing career? (Is my quest for good ideas too transparent?)
And your kids – do you have any kids who only sleep a few hours (and are totally fine without much sleep, not sleep deprived)?
One of the advantages to homeschooling is that we can sleep when we want to – when we need to. How do your family members’ sleep patterns affect your homeschooling/living/learning/schedule?