January 1st, 2006

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I must be getting old...

Some of my friends look at me and shake their heads. They wonder why I turn down partying, even for the "drinking" holidays like New Year's. Truth is, I wake up the next day in an awful mood, my body hurting, and psyche out of sorts, and that's even without the alcohol!

We stayed up late last night with the girls. Waited for midnight and went outside with our neighbors and yelled and hollared and blew noisemakers and wished everyone Happy New Year. We had rented some movies, so we used up our evening watching tv and eating snacks. So hubby and I toasted each other with a glass of Spumante, and by 12:30 we were all in bed and the neighborhood was quiet.

My body woke up at 6 a.m. as it usually does, but I convinced it to go back to sleep and slept until about 8. Late for me, but normal in that I got about 7 hours of sleep. But when I got up, my neck hurt, I had a blazing headache, and I felt totally out of sorts. It's 4:30 in the afternoon and I still feel out of sorts.

This happens to me any time I get off my normal sleep schedule, which is me asleep by about 11 and up by about 6. Any deviation by a half-hour or more from that, and I'm just a mess. And it has nothing to do with alcohol consumption; this happens whether I've had a drink or not.

I would blame this on getting old, but I've actually been this way all my life. When I'd go on retreat or to lockins or camporee's as a teen, and get my sleeping schedule all out of whack, I'd come home pretty grumpy. Sometimes it took several days to get back to feeling "normal."

When I see people that do the partying thing, staying up late and sleeping late in addition to great amounts of alcohol, I wonder how they get through their daily lives. If they felt like me, they wouldn't be able to. So I know that I'm different, because that many partiers can't be wrong!
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