One goal that I was given while La Serpiente Negra is living it up in Canada was to work on my novel; another was to run more, and a third was to get more sleep. Although I’ve been keeping to at least a thousand words a week and putting in two hard sessions at the track every week, more sleep has eluded me.
Partly this is because every morning, I get up at 6:45 because I have to switch on a process for work which takes two hours to run. Then at 7am it’s 8pm in Halifax, so of I’m lucky I get quality time with my daughter, but usually it’s the screaming hour so I return to full consciousness as La Serpiente Negra bellows at full volume. After that I’m shambling to work before I know it.
In the evening I seem to be working later and later; training a new team means things take longer and I usually end up doing a twelve hour day, when you take into account the early start, the late finish, and the never ending tide of emails. That means when I get home I’m in need of extra time to decompress, so I go to bed later and later, and that puts a further squeeze on the time available for sleep.
The Fitbit doesn’t lie: the only time I’ve had more than six hours of decent sleep in the last two weeks was when I was so hungover on Sunday that I couldn’t get out of bed, and drunken sleep doesn’t really count. At least now I know I should be going to bed earlier, even if that means there’s no time to eat dinner or read.
I’ve realized I only need to get up and start work at 8:30; although my first task takes two hours, the deadline is always 11am so I should be able to claw back more sleep in the morning. Unfortunately, the hour of the baby is immobile so I seem to be stuck with a 7am start (and I need a head start on my child if I’m to do more than just growl at her).
If only I could find somewhere in the office to nap. One forty-five minute bonus snooze per day would make life so much easier. But since the stationery cupboard was repurposed, that’s a forlorn hope. It will be a crowning irony if I get more sleep per day when I visit my baby than when I’m hiding away from her.