Thursday, 22 September 2011

Circadian rhythms and blues...

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So it's 2.30am on a Thursday morning and I'm sat in bed writing a blog post - why would anyone do that?
Well certainly not out of choice that's for sure!

From time to time I go through a phase where I am unable to sleep at night, and by that I mean as soon as I go to bed I no longer feel tired. I have learnt that there is no point in lying here tossing and turning as it just makes me frustrated. So now I have to get up and do something, anything that will keep me occupied probably until around 5am.

I quite often work on jewellery during these periods and have actually come up with some pretty decent designs. The problem is I tend to get engrossed and at times have only just stopped myself from incurring the wrath of my neighbours by launching into a full scale metal bashing session!

Nocturnal Inspiration
This pattern will usually continue for a couple of nights and be followed by a night of the 'sleep of the dead' because I'm so exhausted and can go on for a number of weeks, even though I try to follow the principles of sleep hygiene. Since I have always been more of a 'lark' than an 'owl' I have a tendency to put it down to being a 'woman of a certain age' (which to be honest is what I put most things down to) and those dear old hormones interfering with my Circadian Rhythms. I do wonder sometimes if I just went with the flow and slept during the day - which I could do quite easily, whether I would become completely nocturnal...bit of a lonely existence though with just the birds and critters for company.

So there you go...I don't have a beading head on tonight so I'm writing this post as an alternative to talking to myself, which will probably seem like madness on the morning but, hey ho!

Still a couple of hours to go so I guess I'll go tidy my Etsy shop or start my tax return or something...

Sweet dreams.



  1. You wouldn't be totally alone, Lesley, I'm generally around during those night time hours doing jewellery related tasks that won't disturb the neighbours. Sanding is a favourite - some of my best finishes are achieved during the dead of night!

  2. I had the same thing happening to me this summer. As soon as I went to bed, I wouldn't feel tired. I'd get up and do something, usually on the computer. I'd be wide awake half the night! The funny thing is, as soon as I started back to school(I'm an elementary school teacher), the problem completely disappeared. I went back to my normal sleep routine. I guess after a day of teaching, there's no way you can't sleep at night.


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