This post will go live on Monday at 10am BST, however, it is being written on Sunday at 11.13pm BST (I’m normally asleep by 9.30pm) because I can’t sleep.
Hubby and I had a great weekend away and we were so tired when we got home this afternoon that we fell asleep for about 3 hours, worst thing ever.
I should know by now that if I have a very long ”nap” my sleeping pattern will be screwed. Like tonight I just won’t be able to drop off.
My eye’s feel very heavy and my body definitely wants to go to sleep but my brain does not. Anyone with any sort of mental illness will tell you that switching your brain off can be one of the hardest things to do.
Good sleep hygiene is essential when your brain just keeps going, having a bedtime routine, listening to music, listening to an audiobook etc etc. Anything which will help your brain to slow down and shut off.
Because we have been away my routine is out. I like my routine, it helps me feel in control. I never used to be able to let go of my routine, even being out of it for half a day would make me panic.
I’m much better at letting it go for a while but getting back into it takes time and, until that time has passed my brain will be all over the place. I just have to work through, putting my routine back in place and then I will be fine.
If you look into sleep hygiene there are a few no, no’s. One of these is watching TV in bed, your bed is supposed to be for sleeping and sex, urm, that isn’t how my bed works. My bed is for cuddling dogs, watching TV, lounging in when I can’t be arsed doing anything else, sitting on in the morning to get ready and the other things, but part of how I relax is noise.
I can’t listen to any noise though. I’ve tried sleep soundtracks, water, general music, none of it helps. Like wise I can’t listen to a lot of TV programmes, I need something which is mindless and I don’t really pay any attention to, but is also interesting enough for it to drown out anything else going on in my head.
A few programmes which are useful for this are; Friends, The Big Bang Theory, Nature Documentaries, old episodes of Mock the Week or Faulty Towers, usually shows I have seen many times over and enjoy. These to me are the most soothing, I don’t know why and to be honest I don’t care, whatever works.
I’ve always had trouble sleeping but I can usually fall asleep easily now, that’s not to say I sleep well by any stretch of the imagination, but I can at least fall asleep and, although I talk, snore, fart, kick, punch and scream, I wake up most mornings feeling alright, Hubby doesn’t but when your wife has tried to punch you in the face several times and screamed down your ear your not really gonna!
Night all, sleep tight xx