I can think of at least two things I did wrong this evening. The first problem involved me taking a one hour nap and waking up at 10:30am. At around 9:30pm I felt really tired, so much so that I almost fell asleep while playing a video game. I decided to let my body do what it wanted, so I crawled into bed and fell asleep. I had intended to only nap for about 20 minutes or so. How I was going to accomplish that without setting an alarm escapes me at the moment. I woke up at 10:30pm, feeling both refreshed and disappointed at the same time. Now I’d be even more awake than usual before bedtime. This problem can be solved with a sleeping pill but my second mistake requires something else.
Since I had a simple salad for dinner tonight at 7pm, I knew I was going to be hungry later. Sure enough I was but rather than eat again at say 11pm, I didn’t get around to heating up some leftovers until close to 1am. I ate a significant amount of food really late and quite close to my bed time. Some people can eat and then go to sleep right away. Perhaps I could have done that when I was much younger but I can’t now. If I do that, I get terrible heartburn during the night. So the solution is to just wait, stay vertical, and let my digestive system do some work before I lie down for the night. It’s almost 2:30am now, so I think I’ll be ok now. Sure, it’s super late for a school night but I can wake up past 9am and still get to work on time.