How often do you get to (or have to) be awake for sunrise? Tell us about what happened the last time you were up so early (or late…).
Everyday. My body wakes me up at or around 6 am every morning. It matters not how many hours I have slept nor what I ate or drank the day before. In the winter this is well before dawn, but not so much in the summer. In fact, the longest day of the year, I am not awake at dawn. And maybe a few morns on either side.
I have a hard time remembering how I managed to stay in bed until 10 or 11 in the morning, although that was my pattern for many years. I used to believe that I needed nine or ten hours of sleep every night, and I was definitely cranky if I got less than that for whatever reason. But as I age, I find that sleep does not come as easily or last as long as it once did. Is this why all old men and most old women are curmudgeonly?
I am reminded of the Gordon Lightfoot line shortly after I get up in the morning. “I’m on my second cup of coffee and I still can’t face the day.” I am frequently this way until noon, but I get a second wind (or monstrously delayed first wind) that can take me through the longest Red Sox game in the evening. Then I get to start the whole cycle again.
Last night, I did not go to bed. The Red Sox did not play and so I listened to news until the wee hours. Then I realized that I had some new information from my characters on my WIP. So I called it up and typed until I had cleaned out the cache, so to speak. Lo and behold, it was 4:30 in the morning and I had a few thousand more words in the manuscript. By then it made no sense to go to bed, and the cats were already suggesting it was breakfast time. And, no, I did not feed them at that hour. I wouldn’t be sleeping until 6 if I once started feeding them at 4:30.
I for one can attest that sleep is not a bad thing. I just wish we were still as emotionally connected as we were when I was younger.