I need a lot of sleep to function properly.
I know some people can get by with only five or six hours and be just fine, but I am not one of them. I need eight, preferably nine, to feel well-rested. Additionally, I have a very hard time falling asleep and staying asleep. I usually wake four or five times during the night, and then spend thirty to forty minutes trying to fall back asleep, each time.
And that's not counting all the times that kids/babies wake in the night needing my assistance.
Luckily, I've made some headway.
I finally got my three year old to sleep in his bed, all night long. Turns out, he gets really, really hot and was sweating so much that he woke himself up. He also, of course, refused to sleep without a blanket on his body. So, we switched his blanket, eliminated jammies and set up a fan in his room, solving that problem.
The baby is now sleeping all the way through the night and not falling out of his toddler bed, so that's a plus.
Now, it's all down to me.
I don't drink any caffeine, and I follow all the healthy nighttime rules: no food after 7 PM, no TV in the bedroom, no screens within thirty minutes of bedtime, all of it.
I started taking melatonin, an herbal supplement to help me sleep, and it's been wonderful. I can fall asleep in about thirty minutes, and then stay asleep all night.
It is BLISSFUL!
So, now to calculate my bedtime:
I want to get up about an hour before my kids do, so that I can shower, dress, read some scriptures and be ready for them when they wake. They wake at 5 AM. So, I need to wake at 4 AM.
I need nine hours of sleep, plus the thirty minutes to fall asleep. This I need to go to bed at 6:30 PM, which is one hour before their bedtime, and right around the time I finish eating dinner.
I will never be well rested.