Normally I function pretty well on five to six hours of sleep, and when I was a little heavier getting much more than that meant a sore back in the morning. So I'd inevitably be up late each night playing around on the computer and watching cable. I always swore I was going to convert those hours into writing time, but the old brain's pretty foggy by those hours. In the past week, however, I've been feeling the need for almost the full eight hours. I think the extra rest is definitely having a good effect on me mentally, and frankly I don't really miss the extra tv watching. Maybe getting more sleep will be my new year's resolution. It can't hurt, right?