It is the second day in a row that I’ve been awake at 4:30am. Wide awake, like “can hear the birds and the feral cats hissing at each other” kind of awake. This means I’ve gotten like eight hours of sleep over the past two nights…and only 5 the night before that…so 13 hours in 3 days.
I know some of you are looking at that 13hours with jealousy. I know, I’ve been there.
Still, I’m guessing that 13 hours isn’t going to bode well at some point…probably at work around noon today.
At some point, the proverbial poo is going to hit the proverbial fan.
Sleep falls into the wellness category, though many of us in the wellness field sometimes like to pretend it doesn’t…running around from place to place, eschewing sleep for work and yoga classes.
And sleep is one aspect of wellness that, in my humble survey of people, many of us struggle with.
When is the last time you got a great night’s sleep?
There are lots of reasons why you may not be sleeping well. Some of the ones I struggle with: an uncomfortable bed (my boyfriend and I have to get a new mattress…we’ve been using his…and it sucks…), coffee too late in the day (because I feel I need the caffeine to survive my 12 hour work days…even though that’s a big fat lie), a partner who has a different sleep pattern (the boy is a musician and therefore is often out until 1am or so…I am a light sleeper with a dog who thinks he must bark at every sound…including the sound of my boyfriend coming home. It is not unusual for me to fall asleep at 11, get woken up at 1, be wide awake while the boyfriend falls asleep until 2:30, fall asleep only to wake up an hour later because of a host of other things (the boyfriend’s snores, having to pee, being too hot or too cold, etc.)…did I mention that the boyfriend sometimes is wide awake at 6am? Yeah, we have to work on our sleeping patterns…but, truth be told, my sleep was just as f’ed up before we moved in together…so…), anxiety (um, self explanatory…), etc.
I tend to hit these sleepless spells…when I can’t sleep fully for days on end. I usually then try to adjust: less coffee, more exercise, light dinners, no tv, etc. Eventually things find their way back to a sense of normal, but, if I am honest, that normal isn’t so great and still doesn’t usually yield an awesome night’s rest.
I know I am not the only one struggling…I posted about this on facebook, venting that my alarm is set to go off sooner rather than later. Three friends posted that they too were wide awake…and didn’t want to be. How much better would we be at work, with friends, with loved ones, etc. if we actually slept? What about our mental, emotional, and physical health?
Clearly, we all need to be looking at our sleeping habits and patterns and wellness has to include finding what can aid you in actually resting night after night…
I just wish I knew what my perfect combo was now.
On the flip side, I am going to see the sunrise.