Anyone who’s known me for a time soon learns that above and beyond anything else, I am a creature of my routine.
My body wakes up at the same time every and gets tired at roughly the same time. I eat meals like clockwork. In fact, I rarely look at a clock because I have a killer sense of what time it is at any given moment.
But moving was a big disruption in my routine. Add to that the 3-hour time change and my body doesn’t know what we’re doing anymore. I wake up at 3 am, 6 am, 7 am, 8 am; I get sleepy at 2:30 pm and 6 pml; I’m hungry always or never, missing meals or eating constantly, and I haven’t been to the gym since I left the PHX. (The gym is sort of the anchor of my routine, in all honesty.)
So now I’m awake until midnight. I haven’t seen midnight on a school night in a long time.
Is there something about a relationship that pulls people to sleep more regularly? Perhaps the absence of my companion is also partly to blame.