Ann, glad you brought this discussion here. It is a good one and I am glad to hear so many people are also like me, hee, hee.
I go to bed anywhere from 9:00 - 9:30, to stay up until 10:00 is a killer. Feel like I am an old person or something, to bed before the kids, whatever!!! When my eyes open in the morning, no matter what time, I am awake and fully awake. It can be anywhere from 3:30 to 6:30, sleeping in til 6:30 is very very rare. I do not sleep the entire time, I awake a couple of times, get up, go back to bed, and fall asleep immediately. After 3:00, not a chance in the world of falling back to sleep though. Strange.
Melatonin is a great...... well, what is it called anyways in the capsule form? Is it a nutrient, supplement, or something like that? I know our bodies produce the hormone Melatonin, like Kathy was saying. It is produced during the evening? Low light conditions I think. Yes, as we age, many hormones that were in full swing production are decreased, and melatonin is one of them and is a great one for assisting with sleep.
I don't get the dreams that you speak about, Kathy. Wish I did, I love dreams. Beautiful day, great life. Cindi