The ideal solution would be for me to get up at 8 or 9am and do my reading & spodding then. But my body simply doesn't do mornings. The only times I'm ever awake at 8am are if I'm up from the night before. So I've been experimenting with staying up until about 2 or 2.30am and getting up at 11.30am. This suits me pretty well, giving me a good three or four hours to myself after work. There are, however, two problems with this:
1) I am lousy at bedtime discipline (occasionally known as "sleep hygiene", but I find that terminology extremely patronising). If I'm doing something engrossing, like playing The Sims, I can go without eating, drinking or peeing for hours because I just don't seem to notice those needs. I have to make a continual conscious effort to monitor what my body's doing, and a conscious effort to make damned sure that I switch off the computer at 2.15 and am in my bed by 2.30.
2) I really need ten hours sleep a night, not the eight-or-so that I'm getting. (Even when I'm in a fairly regular sleep pattern, it still usually takes me half an hour to an hour to fall asleep).
Last night I went to bed as soon as I could after eating. I fell asleep extremely quickly for me, probably within about half an hour. I slept very well for the first five or six hours. Then I woke up, and couldn't get back to sleep. I was just starting to fall asleep again when Richard's alarm went off at 7.30am for him to get to the airport. Said goodbye to him, fell asleep again, and got woken at 9.30am when some random neighbour pressed our buzzer to see if our car was blocking in his friend's (we don't even have a car). So when my alarm went off for work, I woke up groaning, turned it off and thought "I'll just lie here for a couple more minutes, then get up". Of course, I fell asleep again, and didn't wake up until it was too late to get to work. Argh.
[Comments disabled, because this is venting, not a request for solutions. I know quite perfectly well what the solution is - to make sure I don't book more hours at work than my body can handle. It's hard to remember to do that when you're as broke as I am, though].