I wonder often if I have a problem. And that is sleep. I go to sleep around 10 or 11 every night and usually do not wake up before 6 every morning. In some cases, I sleep until 6:30 even. I feel like this might be excessive sleep for someone my age. I have friends and colleagues who only average 5 hours of sleep a night. And I wonder why I can’t do that. I don’t take naps, and I don’t usually wake up feeling tired. I keep trying to set a goal to wake up earlier, but I don’t because my body isn’t ready to wake up yet. Am I a less functioning adult because I sleep like an eight year old?
And the other weird thing is, I need that much sleep almost every night like my need to eat regularly. I feel like E is always living off of reserves. He only eats one big meal a day and doesn’t feel hungry again until the next day around dinner time. And he sleeps for most of the weekend, and only sleeps a few hours a night during the week. When I asked him about it, he says that he feels rested from the weekend. Is that even normal?
Am I strange for requiring and giving my body nearly 8 hours every night? Am I missing out on more of life because I’m sleeping? I will say this, though. I rarely feel tired during the day, unless I had a bad sleep the night before. I usually only need one cup of English Breakfast tea to get me through the day. And again, I don’t nap. (I never did, even in pre-school.)
Or, am I the one that’s doing it right? I find very few things so important that they can’t wait until the next day. I try to stop screen time as early as possible. And I wonder if my wedding projects would be done by now if I just gave up some sleep. Besides work, the wedding, and E, I have few responsibilities that take away my sleep. And I know eventually, a time will come when I will be low on sleep, so I might as well sleep while I can, right?