It’s not that I haven’t been sleeping well. Once my brain let’s go, I am out for the count. Sometimes I have to listen to my iPod to fall asleep, so that my brain gets distracted. But with so much going on my mind and body have all of this nervous energy.
Dispite my nightly yoga, water intake and bouts of exercise throughout the day, I am still having muscle aches and tension. The really wierd thing is my dreams. They are not about anything specific, usually something I did that day, but the mood is very intense almost frantic. I usually wake at about 5:30 in a state of panic brought on my the dreams.
So even though my body is getting the rest, my dreams are messing it up. What to do?
People ask if you are a morning or a night person. That is a tough question to answer for me. Though lately, I can’t stay up to save my life, I do think I avoid going to bed. I am not sure why, but I just don’t want to most of the time. If I could take a pill that made me feel rested, I’d just as soon skip the night all together and just start the next day around 9pm.
I don’t have trouble sleeping most of the time, but it just feels like a hinderance, a chore I would rather skip. The flip side is in the morning, I have trouble getting up. I am sure my internal clock is just off somehow, but I wish I had any idea how to straighten it out.
So our little friend Manders subscribes to the Reader’s Digest. After I finished teasing her and assuring her that she was not yet in her 80’s, she told me that there was a really good article on how to get a good night’s sleep. So I hesitantly asked to borrow The Reader’s Digest. Low and behold, they made a suggestion that I had not heard before and I was eager to try. This tip has been great for me so I wanted to share it here.
The tip is to turn your digital clock away from you as you sleep, so that you cannot see the time. Their reasoning has to do with that little bit of light signaling your brain that light=awake time, but my reasons are a bit different. I find that if I cannot see the time when I roll over in the middle of the night or when I go to the bathroom, my brain is not activated into keeping me awake as I begin thinking about all I have to do in t-minus 4 hours and 23 minutes, etc. I also seem to fall asleep more quickly.
So here is my new philosophy: Set an alarm, go to bed and don’t look at any clock until your alarm goes off. Keep your mind in sleep mode until it is time to wake up and don’t worry about the time at all.
Try it. You will be surprised, I was. Go Reader’s Digest.
It is really beautiful outside today and it was nice to be out and about for a little bit and get to enjoy the sunshine.
I haven’t been sleeping well or enough lately and it is starting to wear on me. Anyone have tips for getting good rest? (No boose or pills please 🙂