No, I can't go out tonight. Or ever again.
January 15, 2014 8:28 AM Subscribe
I want to finally start getting enough sleep, but I just can't see how I can do that without completely ruining my social life. How do young single people have friends
when they sleep enough?
posted by showbiz_liz to Health & Fitness (49 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
I'm sick of not getting enough sleep. It's bad for my physical and mental health, it just makes me feel like crap, and I actually cannot imagine what it would feel like to always be well-rested. When left to my own devices on the weekend I can easily sleep for 12 hours, which is probably because I'm never getting enough during the week.
But, I work from 9 to 5. So I pretty much need to get up at 7:30, which means to get 8 hours of sleep I need to be in bed by 11 (it takes me a little while to fall asleep). And, every instructional thing about sleep I've read says to never vary your sleeping/waking times, even on weekends... so that would mean I can never stay up past midnight again. And I currently do that more often than not.
So, how do you virtuous sleep-hygenic people manage to have friends and relationships? The idea of cutting a Thursday or Friday night date short at 9:30 because I have to go home and sleep just sounds ridiculous to me. Who's going to want to date someone in their 20s who goes to bed at 11? And my friends are mostly the kind of people whose parties begin at 9 or 10 at night and go until 2 or 3 in the morning- do I cheat on weekends and stay up late, or is that going to ruin the whole thing?
I want enough sleep. But it seems impossible somehow. I'm sure it's easy for people who already have SOs and settled routines and stuff, but I'm afraid this will turn me into a complete hermit with no social outlet.