I have been a GREAT sleeper all my life……well, until the past few years. I battle getting to sleep, staying asleep, and getting to bed early enough so that I can get eight hours. A lot of this problem is of my own making.
FIrst, I am a tea drinker. I drink it all day long. I like it hot; I like it iced. I prefer back tea, but I do drink some of the simpler flavored teas. Have you ever had apricot tea?? It has a delightful scent, but is very light on the apricot taste. Just the thing for early morning or after dinner.
I’ve talked with a number of people about this, including my doc. It seems that I need to shift from tea to water at NOON if I want to work off the effects of the caffeine in time to hit the hay. So far I’ve given it up starting around dinner time, and I can see the difference. I need to drink more water, so I can see the writing on the wall.
Second, I am a reader. I love mysteries and historical fiction and things on quilt making. On occasion I read non-fiction, but I really prefer fiction, and my favorite authors are those who are prolific in telling an on-going story. Dana Stabenow’s two series set in Alaska, Louise Penny’s Inspector Gamache series, Donna Leon’s books set in Venice, and Louis McMasters Bujold’s space fiction are examples of books I love to read. This morning, my husband was reading through the “Bas Bleu” catalog and found a nightshirt with a grandfather clock and the words “Just one more chapter” repeating down the front of the shirt. Boy, that’s me. I just HATE to put down a good book, and that is known to ruin my sleep.
Thirdly, I need a bed that doesn’t bounce me around when my husband shifts while trying to find more comfort. Kim, at the salon, tells me there is a bed that is made of two beds with a connector piece that might help me. I’ll just get to sleep and Dear Husband will fight the battle of “trying to get comfortable.” My eyes pop open and I won’t be able to get to sleep for a couple of hours. I used to do bookkeeping when I was tired. Now I do crossword puzzles. I’ve been thinking about going to the basement to quilt. It would be more productive!
And last, we watch TV and I use my Kindle after dinner. I understand that the light emitted from my Kindle may be keeping me from settling in time for bed, AND the news certainly is not soothing. We have begun to cut back on bedtime news. After all, we saw it at 5:00 and 6:00. If anything serious has changed, we’ll hear about it the next day.
I do know what I need to be doing, it’s just making the consistent effort so that these things become second nature that is the issue. I had a good night’s sleep last night, and it makes such a difference in how I face the day, that it’s worth it to make these changes.
I hope you’re all good sleepers, and I wish you comfort when you sleep!