I'm a week into my new shift at work, having moved from an early morning day shift to a swing shift. It's been wonderful so far.
The last ten years, since I've worked the day shift, I've had major sleep issues. Part of that was taking on too much—full-time job, long commute, completing two graduate degrees. The major issue, however, was that the shift just didn't coincide with my natural sleep cycle.
The last week, I've been falling asleep when I'm tired (which is something new to me), usually around 1am or 2am, and I've slept 6-8 hours every night. It's been a miracle. The amount of sleep I've been getting has instantly doubled while working the new shift. Plus, I've gained over an hour a day because of the decrease in commute time.
I haven't written at all this week, but that's okay. I've been working out and playing a lot of video games (and since this is best release schedule in eight years, there's no excuse not to be playing a lot of video games). But soon I'll get back into the writing habit. I've been working out plot lines and characters in my head, and will dive back into my fantasy novel soon enough.
I also have to get 'The Wicked Trees' released on paperback. I'm in no rush to do that, but will probably get it done in the upcoming months.
This has been a tremendous reset for me, giving me much more energy and focus to take on life. I'm really looking forward to see what I can accomplish, now that conquering the sleep issue is hopefully finally behind me.