Since my stroke, I've heard lots of stories about people my age having strokes. For instance, in the department next door, I heard about a woman whose husband just had a stroke. He's my age. Unfortunately, he had a much more severe stroke than I did. He has to learn how to walk again. The actress Samantha Morton (Minority Report) had one. Even CNN did a story about the increasing rates of stroke among the young a few months back. Maybe stroke has always been more prevalent than I knew. I am a news junkie, though I don't tend to pay as much attention to medical news.
Anyway, I'm trying to live healthier. I walk, I have less stress, I eat my vegetables and now I need to tackle the monster that's raising its ugly head again: sleep deprivation. When I stayed home after the stroke, I slept a lot. A whole lotta lot. Part of that was simply recovering, but part of that was erasing my sleep debt. By the end of my sick leave, for the first time since I was a child I wasn't sleep deprived. What a glorious feeling! I highly recommend it. It's better than you might suspect.
So, I know I'm sliding into my old habits, going to bed at midnight and waking at 6am. It's hard to make myself go to sleep at a reasonable time. I used the long weekend to sleep as much as I can. I value sleep more now. However, I don't foresee fixing my night owl habit. I'm going to try mid-week naps. I took one last week and I think it helped. Maybe I'm fooling myself, but naps are easier than going to bed early, believe it or not.
Wish me luck! ;)