or may I please have some more?
I don’t sleep well. I think at one point in my life I did , but somewhere it stopped. I remember staring out my window at night, especially in the summer. I know that once high school hit I read way into the wee hours of the morning. I know I didn’t sleep much in college, or in my retail years.
I don’t sleep much now. I get about 4.5 hours -give or take . ( according to my fitbit, which is how accurate? )
I do not have classic insomnia. I fall asleep pretty easily. I just don’t stay asleep. And if I wake up at the wrong time– I’m up for a couple of hours.
I’ve tried all the good sleep habits, cool room dark room, quite room, white noise,consist bedtime , no caffeine after noon, tried no alcohol( no really ) ,etc. I even took Ambien CR for a little. – it did keep me asleep but I couldn’t get past the grogginess
Recently a co-worker mentioned The Power of When. I took the quiz here. And Whee, I am a dolphin. Which means I don’t sleep well . And maybe I don’t need the 7 to 8 hours every night.
Now, I’m not going to say this book is Truth,but there were some interesting things.
- the book said I should do something active first thing in the morning, to get my blood moving, get my brain started,etc. About a year ago- i started sweeping the house every morning partly due to cats, but also – it seemed to help wake me up. Now it is talking about something more vigorous, but…
- it talked about going to bed later -and getting up at bit earlier. Shortening the time in bed. For awhile, I was going to bed later. It seemed to make sense, and I was not waking up for long periods of time as often. But I didn’t have a really thought out idea and I still thought I should be in bed for 8 hours. This is a plan for about 7 hours. So if wake up time is between 7 nd 730 – then bed time is between 1130 and 12. the books say 11- 630 , but 630 is un likely.
Right now, I am starting with two and hoping to add more to one. There are other things to do and try – but even a little more sleep sounds amazing.