Recently I’ve been very sleepy right around dinner time between 5 and 7 pm. It’d be better to have a power nap than to eat, perhaps. Family time deters that nap though. It makes it difficult to sleep when it’s needed most. Like tonight after 12 am. Occasionally Melatonin tablets can help. Tonight it’s a battle, however.
“Melatonin is a hormone that regulates the sleep–wake cycle. It is […] released by the pineal gland. As a supplement, it is often used for the short-term treatment of trouble sleeping such as from jet lag or shift work” (Wikipedia, 2020).
My daughter works a 3-11 shift and sometimes a double. The grands tend to fall asleep right before she comes to get ’em. The toddler has a nap during the day. That’s the most rambunctious one; a perfect opportunity to join in a napping session. Quality sleep prevents illnesses from taking hold according to peer-reviewed research.
Sleep Habits and Susceptibility to the Common Cold: Sheldon Cohen, PhD, William J. Doyle, PhD, Cuneyt M. Alper, MD, Denise Janicki-Deverts, PhD, and Ronald B. Turner, MD