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Who doesn’t like to sleep in until 10am, or even more at the weekend?
Probably some of you, and it would seem normal if you are in your 50s, because the older you get, the more you sleep (well, we do anyway!).
But maybe you get up early simply because you don’t like lying in bed, because you feel like you’re sabotaging your weekend. Or maybe because you have important things to do at the weekend. For example, if you have a fitness regime, go to the park next to your home to do your morning jogging, or walking your dog. Or if you live in the countryside, to collect mushrooms. Or if you like DIY, to go to Leroy Merlin buy the necessary equipment to fix something in your house. Maybe you go to see family or relatives, to visit them with your children. Maybe you’re already grandparents, and it’s your children who come to lunch with you. Or you have to work in the garden, mow the lawn, or cut wood for the fireplace.
Or, finally, maybe you get up early just to go shopping at the supermarket before the Saturday afternoon rush.
As you get older, the morning sleep-in becomes a luxury!
In the past
Do you remember when you were a teenager, and how you loved to hibernate in your bed? Enjoying the warmth of your duvet and the singing of birds outside your window? You stayed in your pyjamas for hours. Unless your mother didn’t like you to stay in bed. And mine didn’t like that! Oh no!
She seemed to suffer from seeing me so inactive, and she didn’t understand that I could enjoy wasting my time doing nothing. Yet, I didn’t feel like I was wasting my time. No! Lying there, comfortable and warm, my mind wandered. But my mother, refusing to accept this, used ploys which were often very effective to get me out of this cozy place. Such as, for example, vacuuming the apartment and, of course, in my room, while apologising for disturbing me. Or else, since we had a dog, asking me to take it for a walk. Or by telling me that I had to help her to do something in the apartment, or, that I had to go and get lunch from the shop.
Is it because of that that I left home at age 18? Probably not, but I remember that from underneath the covers, I said to myself: “The day I live alone, I will get up late and no one will be there to stop me!” That day arrived, and I applied this rule with a regularity that some would consider shocking!
But now we’re going to talk about today. And I don’t know if “the older we get, the less we sleep” is a saying, but according to sleep specialists, this is a fact seen by scientific studies and by the elderly themselves.
Still, Cheryl and I have no problem sleeping in on the weekends. We sleep very well and without problems for more than 8 hours. And it’s exceptional that we get up before 10am on Saturdays and Sundays!
Obviously, if we go to bed really late, what happens to us sometimes is that we spend the whole day in bed with a hangover, but we’ll go into that in more detail another time.
Our way of life allows us to sleep in, and all the reasons mentioned above that cause people to get up early don’t apply to us.
We don’t play sports, don’t have dogs, and I hate tinkering around the flat. Although we’re grandparents, as we live in Moscow, our families do not visit us! And when it comes to food shopping here, most supermarkets are open 7 days a week and sometimes 24 hours a day.
So, on the weekends, we can and we like to, wake up quietly in the light of day, to spend a bit more time warm under the duvet, listening to the birds singing outside,and looking through the window to see what the weather is like. There, we plan our day. And the plans vary according to our mood – rock concerts or parties with friends, or something less active.
When you live in Moscow, the weather in winter is something important to consider, too, especially the temperature. When it’s -10 ° C, or even colder, it’s less common to go out walking, so it leaves us even more time before we decide to abandon our warm and comfortable bed.
And, when we finally get up, we quietly go about our business. We drink tea, eat something, surf the internet, and get prepared for the things we planned to do.
But whatever we do, we know that the reward of the next sleep-in is waiting for us. And what a pleasure we have when we go to bed on a Friday or Saturday night, wishing each other “good night”, with, already in our dreams, the sweet and long phase of tomorrow’s sleep-in in sight!
Do you often get the opportunity to sleep-in? Do you find that you need less sleep as you get older, or more? Let us know about your sleeping habits in the comments below!
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