I don't know about you, but it seems like the minute I graduated college, my ability to stay up past midnight quickly faded. These days a 9 pm bed time and 8 full hours of sleep sounds so good I can almost taste it.
The last two nights, however I've had some late nights, and it's taking a toll on me. Monday, I had clinicals from 3-11 plus an hour and a half drive to get home. I was one tired puppy. Last night, I was called in to work until 11:30. Thankfully I didn't have the long drive afterward but I still didn't get home until after midnight and today it is hitting me like a ton of bricks. All I want to do is take a nap even though I've only been awake for less than three hours.
I remember when all I needed was a Mountain Dew and a couple of slim jims, and I could stay up studying, reading, or doing homework until well past 1 or 2 a.m. Not to mention all of the weekends I stayed out with my friends until the wee morning hours, maybe even sunrise once or twice.
I'm not sure if its my priorities or my body or my lifestyle that has changed so much. But these days I'm in bed around 9 or 9:30 with a 4:30 wake up time (on mornings I work) and it doesn't seem to bother me a bit. When I go out with friends, I'm usually ready to go by 11 or 12, and Derek is always right behind me. I don't know if it's the stress of working a full time job, going to the gym every day, or just getting old that is making me cherish my sleep more than ever. I'm not saying I hate it, though.
Did anyone else experience this after college?
Are you an early bird or a night owl?