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Writer's Block: Hard habit to break
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Do you have any bad habits that negatively impact your life? Are you trying to overcome them or have you learned to live with them? How do they affect you on a daily basis?

Interesting timing on this question, since I've been researching sleep disorders. I don't think this really qualifies as a bad habit, but it's definitely a huge problem.

Basically, I have trouble going to bed at night and getting up in the morning. Frankly, my idea sleep schedule is to go to sleep between about 4 to 6AM and wake somewhere between noon and 2PM. I really am starting to think that I have a sleep disorder. Currently, I'm working on a few techniques to overcome it, but if they don't work, I think I may try seeing a specialist.

As for how it affects me, quite a bit. Especially negatively. So much stuff happens during the day that it's hard to work around it. It means that I'm constantly fighting to meet a "normal" schedule. It wasn't as bad in high school or as a child, mainly because I had a very strict sleep/wake schedule, so that kept me on track. Starting in undergrad, though, I had problems because I had more flexibility in my schedule which meant that I gradually started drifting toward a more comfortable sleep schedule for me. I've had chronic tardiness problems, in addition to missing classes because I was just that tired or waking up to cancel an appointment because I just couldn't make it that early (the crack of noon).

I'm obviously trying to overcome it, since it's going to make keeping a 9 to 5 work schedule hard if not impossible. Beyond that, my coping mechanisms are mainly to deal with that fact that I'm getting less sleep (three hours is a good night sometimes) by either grabbing a nap in the afternoon or else sleeping a lot on weekends. Obviously, they're not good ones and I think my grades suffered a bit last semester by the fact that I couldn't even sleep the night before two finals, despite trying.

Overall, it really sucks.