The Golden Hour
6:00AM: the best hour of the day, or too close to your 3:00AM bedtime?
These days 3:00am is often when I’m getting up, such ridiculous lengths have I been going to in order to make my Bundesliga collection as complete as possible. I’m not even watching the Copa America and I still find myself stuck in an absurd summer schedule. What a nightmare it’s been, reconciling 3:00am starts with the U21 European Championship games at seven in the evening.
A 3:00am bedtime, more like 6:00am or often even later. Staying up all night is a specialty of mine, there’s something particularly thrilling about spending the whole night playing video games or making videos and still being awake when the new day begins. A certain feeling of invincibility is experienced, of course it doesn’t last, you get to 8:00am and then you need to sleep. I really enjoy late nights like that, more than I’d like. I know it’s a bad habit and it’s one I’m trying to break. Since the beginning of the year I’ve been trying to get seven nights of uninterrupted sleep in a row and I’m close to succeeding. Just as long as I don’t let recent events get to me. I’m sure it’s no coincidence that the week in which I come close to achieving my target has been one free of any significant social interaction and all the stress and worry that brings. Is that the key to a good night’s sleep? Little social interaction, plenty of football and reading time but little TV or Playstation time.
Waking up at 6:00am can be wonderful, I like waking up when no-one else is awake yet. Getting to enjoy the silence of the morning before everything gets busy and chaotic. Silence isn’t always welcome, but at certain times of the day it’s perfect. It’s nice to listen to the place wake up around you, though there’s not much waking up to be done in this sleepy little place. The best kind of place to enjoy such things is in the city, now that is awesome, especially when the person whose house you’re staying at lives near the main railway station. That is unbeatable, waking up to the sounds of early morning trains. There’s little that can beat that.