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I’ve unsuccessfully tried to keep ‘normal’ waking and sleeping hours since I left college age 19. I managed (with the relentless help of my Mum) to keep different 9-5 jobs, the longest being a year before getting sacked for being late too many times.

The second part age 27-28 away from home I got insomnia for an entire year. I survive the work day on a cocktail of pro-plus and Red Bull. On the bus home I’d be barley conscious then once home, I’d fall asleep sat up (sometimes with my tea on my lap) for an hour or two, then I’d be wide awake until around 4:00am or until the sun started to make an appearance. Then at 7.00am I’d get brutally jerked into consciousness half way through a sleep cycle by my alarm and actually feel hungover. Then with a sinking heart I’d realise I had to do it all over again.

I’ve got better over the last 5 years, now I sleep deeply and I feel physically refreshed upon waking up naturally.

These things are still messed up though:

I find it difficult to switch my weird and varied thoughts off.

My dreams are either based around a frenetic uni life (I never had) or an Indiana Jones style adventure, leaving me mentally exhausted upon waking.

I honestly don’t wind down until 12.00am

I don’t actually do enough in the day to tire me out but doing too much exhausts me into a stressed mess.

I’m having to stay up because I’ve eaten too much, too late.

My Mission

Wake up before 9.00am

Get my ass out of bed before 10.00am

Remember to take phone to bed with pretty jingly-jangly alarm on.

Have a vague idea what to wear so I’m presentable in under 30mins.

Eat breakfast an hour after getting up – no later.

Start exercising early evening before I even think about parking my arse in front of the telly.

Eat light evening snack before 10.00pm

Switch off all screens an hour before bed.

Go to bed before 12.00am

Spend around 15 mins thinking about my day and the next day, then just concentrate on my breathing instead of being all wired and creative.


Ignoring my iPod before bed will be a serious test!

Getting to sleep without going over random scenarios in my brain or asking myself deep questions will be tough. I’m at my most creative in that in between stage.

The waking up shouldn’t be a problem, having the will to haul my ass out of bed however…

Wish me luck!

Has anyone got any tips?

8 responses to “My Mission: To Keep ‘Normal’ Hours”

  1. Eva V. Avatar
    Eva V.

    Working a bit on my zentangle drawings before bed tends to work for me. It’s a kind of doodeling. You can find tons of examples when you google it. No drawing skill required, because God knows I don’t have any :p


    1. manchesterflickchick Avatar

      Ooh sounds intriguing! I used to love drawing doodles in college.


    2. manchesterflickchick Avatar

      Oh wow, these are the things I used to do! Didn’t know it had a name – thanks for the pattern inspiration xx


      1. Eva V. Avatar
        Eva V.

        Glad I could help 🙂


  2. Notmyyearoff Avatar

    You could borrow my 3 year old if you like? He’d have you out of bed before the crack of dawn 😉


    1. manchesterflickchick Avatar

      Haha, that would definitley do it! I’d be asleep at 5:00pm lol


  3. Sandra Avatar

    Good luck pal! Sleep deprivation is brutal! I have very strange dreams often too.


    1. manchesterflickchick Avatar

      Thanks hon, apparently cheese can make you have bizarre dreams ha!


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