We gotta talk about something I’m sure that every 30-something has reflected on: sleep in your 30s.
What prompted this reflection of sleep and how important it is, is that recently I went on a girls weekend to Minneapolis and my 35 year old self managed to stay up to 3am both Friday and Saturday night. I ended up with a grand total of 4:57 of sleep on Friday and 5:23 on Saturday, and guys – I’m too old for that shit.
Sleep in Your 30s vs Your 20s
This certainly isn’t the first time that I’ve thought about how I sleep in my 30s, or really how much things have changed since my 20s on a number of levels. One day you’re in college, staying up until 2-3am and in your dreaded 8am class without much pause, the next you’re feeling like 11pm is really pushing it for a bedtime. If I’m being totally honest, I asked myself the other night if 8:30 was too late to start an episode of a show I’m watching because I may want to be in bed by 9:30. In my defense, it was the day after getting home from that trip to Minneapolis, but in full transparency it’s not the first time I’ve had this conversation with myself.
Then there are Friday nights. While still very enjoyable, the further into your 30s you get Friday’s feel less like a weekend night because you were up at 5am, 6am for work that morning (and you secretly enjoy using that excuse to turn in early or forgo the whole social aspect for sweatpants, a glass of wine and Netflix). And don’t forget that sleeping until noon, something that used to be standard, is now a complete waste of your weekend day. In fact, except in cases of a complete and total time change from traveling, your internal alarm clock would never allow that to happen.
Lack of Sleep, Hangovers and Working Out
Now if I’m sound a bit old-ladyish, I completely understand. I still have friends and acquaintances who can manage to party until 2-3am during the week and go to work the next day (I do not count my friends that work in healthcare, civil service, or any other profession that is outside of the 8-5 in this statement). But my body? It just won’t allow for it. I almost feel that the lack of sleep is sometimes worse than the hangover.
Not to mention that it’s hard enough for me to get on a regular workout routine, but any lack of sleep renders me completely useless. Personally, I hate working out after work. I just won’t do it so my alarm clock is set for roughly 4-4:15am so I can get it done, over with, and enjoy my evening. For me, that super early alarm clock means a bedtime of roughly 9:30-10pm in my perfect world, bringing it full circle to when I mentioned above that sometimes watching a TV show at 8:30 feels a little too late. And hence why crashing at 3am two nights in a row just wrecked me.
Lack of Sleep and Kids
You’re probably noticing that I haven’t once mentioned the impact that having kids has on your sleep, and that’s because I don’t have any little people running around. Just a 10 year old black lab who enjoys going to bed early and sleeping in, so the only thing I can say about kids and their effect on sleep is that I know from most of my friends having them that they have a tremendous impact on your sleep schedule.
As for me, I’m happy to be back on a regular sleep schedule right now. My best friend is coming into town for my bachelorette party next weekend, so I’m expecting to be thrown completely off once more. But it’s okay, because as much as I try to keep a normal schedule, there are certain experiences and people I don’t want to miss out on. And that’s called balance.
TELL ME: How has your sleep schedule changed since your 30s? Can you still rock till 2-3am or have you started to embrace your inner old lady like I have?