PharmD Pete, it’s also very important for you to establish a consistent rhythm with your body. You need to get to bed at a decent hour, get enough sleep, then wake up at the same time very morning. Even on weekends.
I didn’t say it would be easy. I just said it’s possible.
Don’t underestimate the need for a consistent rhythm.
The Army, years back, when doing weekend leave sort of thing, used to let the soldiers go when the time came, and they didn’t have to be back until leave was over, say by early Monday morning when role was called.
They discovered that they got better health results out of their soldiers if they required them to be at role call every morning at the same time, regardless of how late they stayed up the night before. In other words, they could climb into bed at 5:30, but have to be up for role call at 6:00. After that, they could have another day off. But the simple fact of requiring them to be awake and at roll call at the same time every morning, even on the “off days”, made for a healthier soldier.
This is as I remember it as told to me by my doctor, so please forgive me if it’s not entirely accurate. But the point is, no matter when you go to sleep, if you force yourself to be up at the same time, the morning thing will come. If you need to take a nap later in the morning, or early afternoon, then that’s fine. But keep the rhythm.