Tuesday, 21 August 2012

you can't sleep? me either, let's can't sleep together

Tee [old] - Topshop

At the moment I feel so tired that I think my bags look like I've been punched in the face. They don't actually look too bad in the picture but I think I look unwell and tired.
Like a lot of people, I have trouble sleeping. I wake up tired and spend the whole day being tired. In fact, the only time I start to feel awake is when I should be settling down to sleep and because I feel awake I start watching CSI or writing lists or doing something on my 'to-do' list. Before I know it my alarm is set for only 4 or 5 hours time. It's ridiculous.

I've worked out that it is roughly every 4 weeks that I have to book a half day at work because I'm feeling so exhausted. I work full time, go out too much and don't sleep enough. I miss the days where my Sunday's used to mean staying in bed pretty much all day, watching films and reading.
I am now trying to make an effort to change these bad habits. I have a lot to do in the next few months and I need to make the most of my day instead or being sluggish and useless. I am making the effort to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night. I know it's meant to be 8, ideally I'd like 9, but I think for now this is something I can manage. I've also found a few things that help me settle down:

My friend Tara told me about the Relax & Rest app when I went to visit her in Norway. I think it's meant to be for meditation but you can change the settings about a bit. At the moment I go to sleep to the sound of crashing waves - I realise this makes me sound like a freak.

I am also trying to avoid my computer late at night; there is always something to distract me. I also keep a note pad near me when I'm sleeping. I always have random thoughts pop in to my head about what I need to do the following day or something I need to book up. I write them down so I know I will remember and I don't have to worry about forgetting.

Do you have any tips that help you sleep?


Steve Morton said...

A note pad or your Filofax beside the bed so last thing at night you 'download' all of those things that have been circulating around in your head all day.

Then a good book, just absorb yourself in something away from your day to day life.

A window slightly ajar, you need fresh air.

Have you turned your mattress recently, fresh linen are lovely to relax in.

May be a hot bath to relax in and then relax as your body cools,

Eyes closed relax those face muscles as much as possible and feel yourself slipping in to a deep sleep...

Me.... love sleep... can sleep at any time of day if I want to!

Laura Holt said...

How amazing do you look without make-up! Seriously investing in a strong paper bag for when i wake up in the morning in Cornwall, to run to our cribs glass stink bath room and put some slap on ;) haha xxx