Day 9 – Gettin’ Zzz’s

Functioning without adequate sleep is stressful.  So, I’m assuming that getting enough sleep is one of the requirements of de-stressing.  I don’t have a good handle on this sleep thing.  I think I’m sleeping fairly well these days, but then out of the blue — a night of elusive sleep.sleep blogHere’s what I know will keep me awake:

  • Caffeine in the evening.
  • Watching a thriller type show before bed, and for me it doesn’t take much to be a thriller.
  • Getting sleepy and forcing myself to stay awake longer.
  • Any confrontations before bed — best just not to talk to me.
  • Knowing that I need to be up early the next day, and trying to force  myself to sleep quickly.
  • Working right up to bedtime.
  • A hot shower right before bed.
  • A barometric pressure change.
  • Having a nap during the day.
  • Worry.
  • Light.
  • Noise.

And here’s what I know helps me to fall asleep:

  • A warm, relaxing bath before bed
  • Reading a short inspirational reading before bed, or reading a semi-boring book.
  • About an hour of calm before bed.
  • An overdose of carbohydrates — obviously not a good choice.
  • Knowing that I can sleep in the next day.

Sleeping shouldn’t be this complicated!  Ever wonder why they call it, fall asleep?  Just what takes you from one state to another?  I’ve never been one of those lucky people who get into bed, and no matter what the conditions, they are immediately are asleep.  Clearing my mind and paying attention to my above lists seem to be the most reliable way for me to cross from awake to asleep.  Yet, even after all these years, I don’t have the process of passing from one state to the other down pat.

What are your tips for good sleep?

Comments

  1. Drugs. Without them, I don’t sleep. Period. My husband falls asleep as soon as his head hits the pillow even if we’ve just had a terrible fight that was all his fault. It’s just wrong.

  2. I’m one of THOSE people, I suppose –> the ones who hit the pillow and they’re out for the count. One practice I have is not to look at the clock after I’ve made up my mind what “time” I’m going to bed. If I say I’m going to bed at 9pm, then, even if I still have some things to do and, logically, I KNOW that I will not be in bed by 9pm, I stop looking at the clock around 8:30 or so. I do what I have to do, change into my night clothes and get into bed — I hit the pillow thinking that it is 9pm. Period. Also, when I wake up during the night I.do.not.look.at.the.clock. I get up, go to the restroom, return, crawl in bed and continue on. I will naturally wake up around 3:30am. THIS is when I look at the clock. I do not like to hear the alarm, so I will reach over, turned the alarm off and then resume sleeping for another 50 minutes. I get out of bed at 4:20am. It is rare, very rare, that I will oversleep. If I do, it’s because I’m either ill or overextended my energy the day or two before. Sometimes, if I feel that I might oversleep, I will just let the alarm remain “on,” to make sure I get up on time to get ready for my day job. Clock-watching is the hardest habit, I feel, that those who have a difficult time falling asleep have to break. My husband is like you and so many others, so I know your struggle. Blessings and prayers for sweet slumber is being sent your way!

  3. I so sympathise – I’m a really rotten sleeper now. And as you say some nights are fine and I sleep like a log and then for no apparent reason a bad night!
    I’ve tried getting off the computer earlier, drinking camomile or sleepytime tea and haven’t worked out what really works.
    It’s good to know that I’m not the only one!
    Hope you have a good night tonight : )

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