Today, I woke up later than I intended. I immediately started crying when I realized that it was 9:30am. How on earth did I sleep in?! I had an alarm set! This is terrible! I have so much to do today!
It turns out that Brett had turned it off because he didn’t realize what it was for. Oh well… I pulled myself together and got to work.
It’s amazing to think that in just a few months my whole concept of getting up late has shifted dramatically. When I was really sick, 9:30am was decidedly early, but now I consider it sleeping in.
During my most severe months of illness, I was sleeping as much as I possibly could. Which, when I was under the influence of heavy painkillers, often meant all night, all morning and into the afternoon. I would wake up at 11:00am to have breakfast and then try to fall asleep again for as long as I could.
It know it seems tragic to spend your twenties asleep, but to me it was far better than the alternative of staring at the ceiling, trying to shut out the agonizing pain. At least when I was asleep there was a potential for relief. Sometimes nightmares tormented me, but there were almost always more hours of peace in the world of sleep than in the real world.
Even when I got off the painkillers and learned to better manage my pain with medicinal marijuana, I was still sleeping until 11:00am every morning. My body really needed the extra rest and when I had to get up earlier for a doctors appointment I really felt it. It increased my symptoms for the whole day. Not fun!
Now, I’m on a much more normal schedule and I get upset if I sleep past 9:00am. 😉 I figured out that I need about 10 hours of sleep to feel good. It’s still a little more than most healthy adults need but not too much more. So, I’m getting there!
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