Hi! My name is Leslie. I am a night owl.
I can never fall asleep before midnight, even knowing that I have to wake up just a few hours later to start my day all over again.
I didn't always used to be like this. Believe it or not, there used to be a time when I thought going to sleep at 10:30 was really late. And I couldn't stand to be the last one to fall asleep. But somewhere along the line, things changed.
According to my journals, I started staying up late about 6 years ago. Back then I thought it was just insomnia, but now I'm not so sure.
Some might blame it on the caffeine I consume in coffee, Mexican Coca-Cola, and iced tea. But the times that I've given up my favorite caffeinated beverages for Lent, my "problem" persisted for the 40+ days.
Others might blame it on the computer. I'll admit that it is quite the distraction, keeping me up late at night, like tonight. But back when my problem started, I didn't even have a computer. And it's not always the computer that keeps me awake. Some times it's a movie or TV show that I've been wanting to watch, or a good book that I just can't put down. Or maybe it's something crafty that I'm working on. And in the cold winter months, it's watching over a very sick Nick that keeps me awake at night.
Then there are those nights where I try to force myself to go to sleep early. (By early, I mean 10 - 10:30.) I lay down, but spend the next couple of hours tossing and turning with a million thoughts racing through my head. I've tried counting sheep. Drinking chamomile tea and/or warm milk. Breathing and relaxation exercises. And forgoing my afternoon nap. But still, I don't end up falling asleep until after midnight.
The more I try to figure out why I stay up so late every night, the more I'm convinced it has something to do with the fact that the late-night hours are the only hours of the day I have completely to myself.
Whoa! Wait a minute! That actually makes sense to me. I could really be on to something here. But it's late and I'm beat. I think I'll just sleep on it.
*This post was inspired by one of the many writing prompts from Mama Kat's World Famous Writer's Workshop.