Ad­dress is­sue of sleep­less­ness

The Commercial Appeal - - Business -

Dear Har­ri­ette: I have al­ways been a night owl, but now it’s catch­ing up with me. I stay up late watch­ing lame TV shows, and then I can hardly get up in the morn­ing to start my day. I know this is crazy, but I haven’t been able to break the cy­cle. My hus­band and I have been on the outs re­cently, and I think that’s how it started. Rather than go­ing to bed when he does, I stay up late and ba­si­cally avoid him. Now, it’s back­fir­ing.

I can’t get up in the morn­ing. I’ve been late for work a few times. I’m ex­hausted, yet I can’t seem to change my pat­tern.

— Night Owl, Rich­mond, Vir­ginia

Dear Night Owl: You have to deal with the fun­da­men­tal is­sue be­fore you — what’s go­ing on in your mar­riage. Avoid­ing that ele­phant in the room has your sched­ule all twisted with un­nec­es­sary dis­trac­tions. It is un­healthy for you to con­tinue down this path.

While it may seem scary and daunt­ing to ap­proach the cri­sis in your mar­riage di­rectly, you owe it to your­self and your hus­band to do just that. Con­sider en­gag­ing a mar­riage coun­selor to help you out. A pro­fes­sional may be able to point you in a di­rec­tion that will make it eas­ier for you to talk about your is­sues with your hus­band and come to some clar­ity about what you need to do. Be sure to tell the ther­a­pist about your sleep is­sues, too. I think they are all re­lated.

Send ques­tions to askhar­ri­ette@har­ri­et­ or c/o Uni­ver­sal Uclick, 1130 Wal­nut St., Kansas City, MO 64106.

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