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Late night / early morning

Hey everyone, welcome back to the blog. 

This is going to be one of those 'do as I say, not as I do' posts I believe. Let me explain. As I type this post, it is 01:22 in the morning (UK time) and I'm nursing a small cup of milky coffee. 

Why am I awake/still awake? I have insomnia - a little something extra I inherited from my mother. Add in the bonus of a garden variety cold (I get bunged up every time I lay down to sleep) and here I am. 

Of course there are pros and cons to this scenario. Pro - I can concentrate and get some work done. Con - I can't sleep for more than a couple or 3 hours without waking up and staying awake afterwards for numerous hours (over 4 hours a night for the past couple of nights and I'm halfway to that again tonight). Pro - I can get a little more up to date on my reading ahead of my next book review being done, con - the lack of sleep is making me a grumpy butt, as the other half has discovered. 

I'm now fairly certain that I would need to sleep for approximately a month to get the requsite amount of beauty sleep required to put right the shadows forming under my eyes as I type! 

While working when unable to sleep can be useful to reduce an expanding to-do list, is it practical? Depends on your viewpoint. When I was finishing the draft of my novel, "Confessions of Revenge", I was wide awake until sometime 3 in the morning ans would be having text conversations with my dad who works as a night shift truck driver - we'd message each other on his breaks. Having company, even via text message was nice, I didn't feel quite so alone, and there's the con - the lonliness of the early hours. 

The main road outside is always busy during the day, always a seemingly endless stream of traffic heading in either direction, but at this time in the morning the traffic isn't there. Don't get me wrong, there are the odd cars passing by, but nothing like the daytime. 

The lonliness of being awake at this time of the morning can be astounding. I don't recommend this to anyone to try it and see, despite the work I'm doing, the chapters I may be finishing, this just isn't fun. 

Thankfully my other half is one that can sleep through just about anything and I'm sure he'll look fresh as a whole bunch of daisies in the morning while I'm busy looking like I've been preparing my look for this year's halloween. I swear if I was planning to fly somewhere, I would be charged excess baggage for the bags under my eyes alone!

So the moral of this story? Don't try staying up till the early hours to work - it may help for a chapter or two, but your family may not like the grumpy, sleep deprived version of you that they are faced with in the morning. I plan to take my own advice and go to bed and get some sleep. I'm sure you'll thank me for it later. 

Goodnight (or Good morning), stay safe and as always, Keep Reading! x

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