Sleep update for those who are interested.After 5 days of actively trying to get better quality sleep I can report that I’m feeling really good. I have had a couple of evening ‘catnaps’ on the sofa, but I’ve had significantly less of them than has become ‘normal’ in recent times. So what have I changed ……
· I’ve actively been making myself go to bed earlier (about 30 minutes)
· I’ve also been foregoing a nightcap (I have already massively reduced m alcohol intake over the last few years
· I’ve stopped going for a last cigarette before bed (yes sorry but I do still do the ‘bad thing’)
· The central heating is switched off until my stingy ‘northern-ness’ insists it is switched back on
· The bedroom window is open through the night to keep the room cool and make sure there is fresh air (it also helps vent out the collective dog farts emitted through the night)
· I’m also not touching my phone or iPad later on in the evening to minimise the amount of ‘blue light’ I’m getting (in recent times they’ve been my constant companions in the evening playing games and just mucking about on the internet)I’ve slept really well, I have more energy and my brain feels more alive. I haven’t needed to use Bob this week at work. I feel calmer and more balanced.
I’m pretty sure it’s freaking Gareth out somewhat because I’m not being ‘normal’. I’m declining a G&T and a before bed smoke and chat. I think he’s starting to regret buying the book – he’s not picked it up since I started reading it and I think he is wondering if I’m going to turn into a teetotal sleep zealot. For a relationship built on late night conversations fuelled by wine and a packet of Marlboro Gold this must seem a very strange and disturbing behaviour change. Perhaps I should have gradually led into it rather than doing everything at once.
Only other thing worth mentioning (and a potential cause of sleep loss) is that the gardener who came last Friday and quoted has gone ominously quiet, neither sending the written quote or confirming that they can do this weekend. Bugger …. Back to the drawing board on that one I guess L