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March 24th, 2004

Get Up, Stay Up

Over the past few years, my body has started to do something which I don’t particularly like. It’s simple, really: when I wake up, I’m generally up for the day. Today for instance, this body got me up a full 30 minutes before my alarm. Now I did go to bed earlier than normal, but it feels like the days of long sleep are gone.

Am I the only one whose body does this? And more importantly, is there a way around it? I wouldn’t mind sleeping in a bit more on weekends.

And yes, Chillow does help with my sleep.

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday March 24, 2004 -- 9:31:05 am
When I started my current position about a year ago, it was a tough transition to a new sleep pattern. As I was always a night owl who worked late shifts, turning to a split shift (6a-9a and 3p-7p) was extremely tough.

The odd thing is: I set my alarm for about 5:30a, yet by about 4:30a, I'm awake in my bed, staring at the ceiling, even on nights where I stay up too late for my own good (midnight, 1am). I mean, the Chillow is still cool when I wake up. Weird,

I don't get a chance to catch up on my sleep on the weekends, either. Work *starts* at 5am on Saturday, and church is 10am on Sunday. I do sleep till 9am, but it just isn't enough sometimes.

If I could just get at least 6 straight hours of sleep, I feel like I'd be doing fine. I'm settling for a few hours here, a nap there...and it just isn't cutting it.

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday March 24, 2004 -- 9:34:40 am
I get up at 5:40 AM during the week - I usually wake up at 5:39 on my own. On weekends I sleep in until 8, although I usually wake up several times between 5:40 and 8 AM.

Have you ever noticed that old people always get up early? I wonder if we are genetically programmed to get up with the dawn's first light as we get older.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Wednesday March 24, 2004 -- 11:23:55 am
That's why I love this site. I've never heard of chillow. Seeing it above, I found out what it was on line, and I think I'm going to buy one.

As for awaking earlier as you get older, I think it's just life. I've read on the internet that doctors are re-evaluating the sleep needs of teens and young adults to ten to twelve hours a night, and that they may need more sleep than children. I wish those reports were out sooner when pops accused me of being lazy. I could never get out of bed before 10 am, even if I went to bed the night before at like 7. Through college, I took all late classes--and judging by how full the parking lot was, so did most everyone else.

Now, I'm approaching mid-thirties and I don't go to bed until midnight quite a bit and I'm up every morning at 4:45, whether I like it or not. I usually feel well rested and ready to go. This has really settled in since I've begun to exercise regularly. That seems to reduce the amount of sleep you need--unless you overdo it.

I don't know if I'm happy as a morning person, though. It does come in handy, though, while I try to be a responsible adult. I get more out of my day.

As for the weekends, same story--even if I officially attempt to sleep in. But the weekend is my time, and so I don't mind getting more out of it. However, I find that if I get up and have breakfast, I can then fall back to sleep in happy fed comfort until about 9:30!

About twice a week, however, I will pass out at about 8:30 pm into a dead sleep and not wake up again until morning.

In my opinion, it all has to do with changes in body chemistry. I didn't ask to be a morning person, and I used to like staying up late.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Wednesday March 24, 2004 -- 2:20:34 pm
Oh, Joseph, we love the Chillow!

FROM: Cat [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday March 25, 2004 -- 9:58:15 pm
Where have I been??

Chillow looks to be a magnificent thing, and will soon have a place in our home.

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