I don't think I've talked about it much here, but I'm not a good winter sleeper. I'm always tired, so I go to bed at grandma-early times of between 9 and 9:30 and then I sleep until 7 and it's still a struggle to get out of bed.
In the summer, the light wakes me up, so it's no problem, but if I want to run 20 miles on Saturday mornings, I have to wake up before the sun.
Over the holidays, my friend recommended I try melatonin before bed to see if that helps and it is a freaking miracle. I conk out almost as soon as I'm in bed (when I take a pill 90 minutes before bed) and then sleep through the night and wake up feeling amazing.
This morning, I woke up so early that I made scrambled eggs and toast for breakfast for the both of us. Apparently, getting a good amount of sleep also makes me a great housewife.
The only downside of taking melatonin is my insanely vivid dreams. Almost every morning I wake up feeling like I've gone insane because of some dream I've had. I had to text my sister last weekend to make sure she was alive after I dreamed she died on a mission trip to South America.
So far my training has been going well, so I'm thinking that the melatonin is helping. At this point, I'll take whatever I can get to help me get through this training...legally.
What are your secrets to success for running or working out during the winter?