Given that sleep deprivation is an ongoing issue for me, I thought it might be interesting to find out about everyone else's sleeping patterns. To wit:
Weekend Assignment #199: What is your usual sleep schedule on weeknights? Are you an "early to bed, early to rise" sort of person, or do you stay awake far into the night (voluntarily or otherwise), and get up as late as your work schedule permits? Do you give priority to getting adequate sleep? If so, how is that working out for you?
Extra Credit: If you had no work or family scheduling obligations, would your sleeping pattern change substantially?
As for myself, it should be obvious to all that I'm a night person. This is when I do my writing, my blogging, my reading and most of my tv watching, mostly on DVD. I do know the downside of sleep deprivation all too well, and the health benefits of the opposite. Intellectually, I really, really do know all about it. But somehow it always seems that another paragraph or two in the blog essay, another scene of Doctor Who, another chapter of that book in the bathroom are all more compelling than walking into the bedroom. And when I do go to bed, it often takes me several attempts (got to get up for an allergy pill, a swig of Mylanta, a dose for the dog, another paragraph of my novel edit, or a last glance at my email) before I'm in bed to stay.
I'll reform eventually. At least, that's what I keep telling myself!
And yes, if I didn't have to work, I would sleep from 5 AM to 2 PM daily. Then I'd be well rested!
Your turn! Write about your sleep schedule in yoour journal or blog, and then come back here and leave the link in comments. I'll post a roundup of results a week from now. I'm curious to see whether any of us are doing this sleep thing "right!"