I'm one of those people who constantly find themself up at 5am watching some men build a swimming pool out of dirt. I used to try and fix my sleeping schedule by going to bed early the next day but obviously I couldn't sleep because I had slept late previous morning. It then took me several days and potentially and all-nighter to fix my sleeping pattern.
Recently, I've discovered that the best way to recover from this is by setting an alarm for the morning. Yes you may be a bit tired during the day, but it means you will fall asleep earlier that night and hey presto you are back to being awake in the day time.
Edit - thank you for the awards! I didnt expect my first big post to be about sleep deprivation but I guess it does make sense.
It is wet from all the tears I cried because of being lonely
Throwaway because this is messy and I have personal/professional info on my main.
So some background: I'm the middle of 3 siblings, I have an older sister "Emma" and a younger brother "Sam" (fake names). Our father died when Sam was a baby and our mum remarried very quickly (in hindsight, so quickly Emma and I now suspect she was seeing the new guy before Dad passed tbh). Stepdad...not a great dude. Don't get me wrong there are worse people out there but he isn't a nice man. Doesn't like kids much, and made it known to us. For some reason, he particularly took issue with Sam. My working theory is that it's because Sam looks most like Dad and stepdad is the type of dude who doesn't like being reminded his wife had a life before him.
Shit got really bad between Sam and stepdad after Emma and I had both moved out, which resulted in Sam lashing out a bit. It really wasn't "oh my God this kid is out of control" stuff; he mostly started getting in trouble for being cheeky to teachers and he once got brought home in a police car bc he and his friends were drinking in the park, though he didn't get charged or even cautioned. However, mum and stepdad decided this warranted not wanting him under their roof any more, and kicked him out literally the day after his 18th birthday. He lived with me for a while, then Emma (who is an estate agent) helped him get his own place sorted. Though Sam made it plain he no longer wanted a relationship with stepdad, he tried to reach out to Mum several times for a while, but was always met with hostility or radio silence and he gave up. They now haven't spoken in five years.
Cut to now, and the problem: stepdad passed away in November and it was hard on Mum, which I understand and sympathise with. However, she took his death as an opportunity to reach out to Sam again. He basically told her that she had her chance to salvage their relationship and she chose not to take it, so he's no longer interested in having one with her. Obviously she was upset by this, and she reached out to me to see if I could talk him round. I kinda awkwardly told her "sorry but, no. He's right, he put effort in years ago and you ignored it. You've made your own bed on this one." She got upset and started crying. I guess she went to Emma next, cause she asked me what was going on. When I explained, she said she saw where I was coming from but I was too harah and Sam was being pretty stubborn.
Idk. I feel bad for making my mum cry and I understand kic... keep reading on reddit ➡
So I know this is kind of contradictory because I am talking about being sensible and going to bed instead of other stuff...Reddit, while I am posting on Reddit.
Every night I can't pull myself away from the computer, it's late and I know I should go to bed I'm even verbally telling myself to go to bed but somehow there's that part of me that thinks oh just one more YouTube video then I'll be happy enough to go to bed or just one more Reddit scroll, one last snack, one last game, one last research dive on pointless shit that I'll forget instantly after reading it.
What's even crazier is that I'm aware I am doing this, I am talking to myself out loud about going to bed as if there are 2 of me and I'm making a deal with the other guy, making sure he's satisfied that enough fun stuff has been done before going to bed.
I know the book "go the fuck to sleep" is aimed at small annoying children but if you listen to it, can easily sound like it's being read to an adult with ADHD. I'm going to go now and listen to Samuel L Jackson reading "go the fuck to sleep" and hopefully I will.
That will give you a reason to get out of bed in the morning.
It costs nothing but is a very good excuse. I put the top 1/3 of my body on the hospital bed, placed a folded gown on my tshirt, took a few photos, and bam. I had the best visceral, quick, and effective excuse ever.
Same thing for flat tires. Always take a sad selfie for the day in the future where your actually going to be late and need an easy, provable, and great excuse.
We have a bubble with one other couple and She's had symptoms since Sunday. Her bf didn't make any preparations before he started showing symptoms last night (4 days later) and now they're both stuck in bed with no energy to prepare anything that would be good for their health.
My partner started showing symptoms late last night as well so I've made enough food and got enough groceries that we won't have to prepare too much and I feel this was the right thing to do.
Good luck out there ✌️
ETA: I'm getting a lot of responses who are misunderstanding my tip so I'm gonna try to clear this up. I'm suggesting getting groceries delivered to your door so that you don't go out and infect anyone, if you don't have this option please opt for curbside pickup and avoid going in to stores or anywhere you could infect people. And I'm suggesting doing it before you show symptoms because there is a very real possibility that once you start to exhibit symptoms then you will be stuck in bed or too exhausted to do anything.
My friend had ample time to make any kind of preparations like food delivery or meal prep and he chose to do nothing and now wishes he also had done something, so I'm providing you his cautionary tale so that you don't find yourselves in this position.
Edit 2: some commenters have added some great ideas for prep: >Preparing some soup and freezing it, or some spaghetti sauce or chilli, order lots of fresh fruit and vegetables that are easy to prepare and eat, get some stuff to help manage symptoms like cough drops perhaps! Frozen food you can put in the oven is quick and simple also. Thank you! U/advice-239400
>The Voila pasta and veggie bags in the frozen veggie section are life savers!! Thanks! U/bleepin_bleep
>For anybody who's curious Walmart has a pretty good deal with "walmart+" which is basically just delivery for food and such at like 10 bucks a month and you can start a free 30 day trial with answering 3-5 questions. Thank you! U/somewhiteguys
>GrubHub and ubereats is always an option too guys if you have the means! Thanks u/supercharged0709
Thank you for everyone's input and suggestions! RIP my inbox there are way too many messages to get through so I'll save it for another day. Happy new year everyone! Happy and healthy wishes to you all, yes even the lot of you who were rude for no reason.
And thanks for the awards!
Some prep advice from u/ajwink [prepare a bug out bag](https://www.reddit.com/r/LifeProTips/comments/koh... keep reading on reddit ➡
Curious if other people sleep with a drink next to their bed every night.