I don’t think I’ve truly appreciated sleep before. In the past I compromised an hour here and there to go out, to catch up on errands, and let my busy life take over. On occasion, I’d “sleep in”. I’ve always had a hard time falling asleep, but once asleep I’d stay asleep.
That is until I messed up my circadian rhythm. I barely sleep these days. I’ll wake up every hour or not be able to sleep for days. I definitely took sleep for granted before; these days I just desire to have five hours of uninterrupted sleep. I have tried melatonin, essential oils, and relaxation melodies. Suggestions are truly appreciated!
I truly admire the people who have been doing this for years. I’ve only been doing this “night shift” thing for a few months now and it has given me knew insight. I never fully understood the sacrifice; it takes a toll on your body and mind. Some people choose to work nights and others don’t have the luxury of choosing a “9-5” schedule. Either way, I would encourage you today to thank someone you know who is working crazy hours, holidays, and weekends for the sacrifice they are making.
As for me, I will try to catch some Zzzz