There are different sorts of tired: Exhausted, Fatigued, Weary, Drowsy, Pooped, Jaded, Sleepy, Run Down, Flagging, Broken…
As predicted by people that know better than me, I was tired this morning. Which sort of tired I don’t know exactly as it took me several hours before my brain had warmed up sufficiently to properly assess the situation. By which time the feelings had leaked away.
There are many days when I return from work feeling jaded. A sort of dull fog gathers around my head and upper body as the work day wears on. It’s not a positive tiredness, it’s one that grows despite you, rather than one you’ve actively gone out and earned. Since the Heart Attack, I’ve found myself slightly more aware of this sensation, perhaps because I’m more aware (“listen to your body”) or perhaps because I’m affected more.
In the old days I would have poured myself a drink and the woes of the world would have drifted away. Now, I choose exercise. An hour on the bike is sufficient to blow the cobwebs away. A post-exercise buzz, and everything is tickety-boo all over again.
I continue to sleep well, but occasionally wake up feeling sleepy. Again, in the old world I would resort to chemical stimulants to liven me up. A couple of strong coffees and I’d be “good to go”.
I’ve also eliminated caffeine from my diet, so I guess I’m a slower starter than I used to be. This is, however, offset slightly by the fact that I am not impacted in any way by the after effects of alcohol and unhealthy late night snack-attacks!
As it turns out, the early morning sleepy feeling can also be accompanied by grumpiness. Severe grumpiness on some occasions.
This morning was a case in point…
I had an introduction to the gym last night. The 20:15 start time seemed fine when it was arranged, but as it happened, I got home from work feeling jaded. I snuck in a very short period of shut-eye before getting ready, but not enough to make a real difference,
The introduction session was good. It turned out that there is a lot I can still do in the gym, providing I’m sensible, and keep my feet moving.
By the time I finished, however it was 21:00, and I hadn’t actually done any exercise. Having made the effort to get there, and inspired by the introduction, I figured there is no time like the present, and launched into a gym session.
Afterwards I felt great! My exercise buzz wiped out my fatigue. I was ready to take on the world. By the time I got home, I was not however ready to sleep.
So I sat up for a while before heading upstairs…
“It was way past my bed time!”
“I would regret it in the morning!”
And I did!
So, sincere apologies to all the people who came into contact with me during the early part of today. Lesson learned (again).
Louise – I’m sure your Fruit Juices are lovely. It’s all very exciting! 🙂