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January 13, 2011 / jadettman

Sleepy Time

I used to be a really light sleeper, which wasn’t really a problem until we moved to Beloit. In Ithaca, we lived out in the middle of nowhere. It was quiet. In Beloit, we live in the middle of town. First our apartment was downtown and now our house is on a busy street a few blocks from the Beloit College campus. This does not make it quiet.

Initially, I spent a lot of time sleeping with earplugs. This wasn’t a bad remedy but it wasn’t something I really preferred. They were kind of annoying but at least I was able to sleep. Then about a year ago, I started trying to train myself to be a deeper sleeper and, for the most part, it seems to have worked. I’m able to sleep without earplugs now with nary a problem. However, this has lead to another problem.

When I was a light sleeper, I had what felt like an instant on kind of morning. I would transition from asleep to awake in one fluid motion. I would be asleep one second and the next second I would open my eyes and bound out of bed awake. It was really nice. Now that I’m sleeping more deeply, though, I find that I’m really groggy when I wake up in the morning. I don’t really like it. The alarm goes off and then I spend five to ten minutes lying in bed trying to work up the motivation to get out of bed. Often I just feel like falling back to sleep. I haven’t done it yet but the temptation is strong.

I find myself wishing for a nice middle ground. Something where I could sleep not so deeply and wake up less groggy. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to get there, though.

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