Sleep, is it overrated?

imageIn response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “To Sleep, Perchance to Dream.”

What’s a good nights sleep? Five hours, eight hours, twelve hours?  I used to be able to sleep for 8 or 9 hours straight, only to be woken by an alarm.  Now I usually sleep for four or five hours and wake in the early hours.  I use this time to write and read.  I catch up with my emails, post to social media, draft blogs, read the newspaper and catch up with my favorite British TV show, Coronation Street!  It’s my “me” time.  I get up and face the day and never feel tired or jaded.  I think this is a gift, I embrace this extra time I have in my day.  I stay in bed, so I don’t wake my dogs, who insist on joining me on the bed in the morning.  I place a pillow, between my hubby and I to shield him from the light of my iPad and use earphones.  Around 5am, I venture into the kitchen to make tea and let the dogs out.  I never use an alarm.  I have read that rest and sleep are important for a healthy body, that using electronic devices at night awaken the brain, leading to wakefulness.  I argue that I can fill an 18 hour day, I enjoy this extra time and because it does not affect my energy levels during the day, that this is just how it is meant to be for me.  Who’s with me?

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