"Often, we ignore the fact that our spiritual condition and psychological state of mind are highly affected by what is happening to us physically. Sometimes depression is simply the result of exhaustion." Tony Campolo
I believe Mr. Campolo is onto something. I know people who think too much sleep is a sign of depression. What if it was the other way around, and sleep helped alleviate depression in some ways? Ooooooo, an alternative that's drug free.
Getting a full-time job is a good thing, but I've been spoiled by only working part time in the last year. Now I have less time to devote to my life outside the office. I've not worked out the time adjustments because I've been telling myself that I can stay up late to finish everything and not miss the lost sleep.
It's not true, though. I noticed myself having less patience and a shorter fuse since I started working longer hours. I get more pissy when I'm writing and I can't finish the section because I have to go to sleep or do housework or mow the lawn instead. Or I feel guilty when I've worked late and don't get to feed the kids until after 7:00 pm!!! I realized my emotions are more extreme because I'm tired. Just tired, inside and out.
No way around it--the obvious solution is making a commitment to going to bed earlier and planning as much of the next day as I can so I can get up on time and get everything done.
When I stop hitting snooze. ;)