I’ve never been one of those people that has trouble sleeping until a couple of years ago. My head would hit the pillow and BLAM, I was out like a light. Those days are gone.
For the last two years, I wake extremely early probably 3 to 4 days a week. When I say extremely early, I’m talking 3 or 4 in the morning. This used to be my normal waking time for work but considering the fact that I never go to sleep before midnight, this doesn’t make a ton of sense to me. Why would my body need less than 3 or 4 hours of sleep a night? I’m not taking any naps during the day so I’m not on some sort of polyphasic sleeping schedule, although I’ve wanted to try it in the past (no point now). Actually, maybe I’m trying it on accident. On days I wake super early, I usually try to lay down for an hour and get just a little more sleep before the kids get up.
Maybe it’s a side effect of living in remote places for the last three years? This is the most civilized living we’ve done in the last three years. We have running water at a spigot, power in the boat, showers and a bathroom nearby, and WI-FI. We are usually living out in the boonies somewhere, loaded gun on hip or stashed in the cab-over camper, checking out the rare vehicle that happens by and investigating every strange sound in the night.
Could it be a side effect of my reduced levels of fluoride intake? Ever since our lifestyle took a turn for the more remote, shall we say, our fluoride intake has gone from what I would probably consider average to nil. I used to only have one dream a year that I could barely remember. Now, my dreams are extremely vivid and I dream every single night. Actually, I have two or three massive, extremely detailed dreams every night. This has to do to an increase in pineal gland activity.
Half of the time when I wake so early I just lay there in bed, thinking over everything that’s occurred both recently and throughout my entire life. All of the memorable moments. You know, a kind of self-induced morale booster. Haha! If anything is really bugging me, I do my best to give it a solid 15 minutes of though before I set it aside to marinade for a while. I’ve found that if I let things marinade, I usually just come up with the answer at some point. It will just kind of pop into my brain, usually at some odd moment. The other half of the time, I either spend it reading one of the many books on sailing that I need to tackle or spend it hunting or fishing.
Do any of you out there have this problem? If so, have you figured out how to solve it? What do you do what you wake at 3 am and can’t sleep?