10 things about me and sleep

10 things about me and sleep:

  1. I get about 6 hours of sleep per night, regardless of how early I get to bed.
  2. It takes me about 2 hours to fall asleep each night.
  3. I have spent a lot of money on things to help me fall asleep and monitor the quality of my sleep including: a tempur-pedic pillow (it’s embarrassing how much that thing cost); a custom mattress (for my very tall husband); a memory foam mattress topper because the custom mattress was too firm for me and was actually pushing my arm out of my shoulder joint; a Lumie alarm clock (official alarm clock of the British National Swim Team) with sunset and sunrise functions to encourage appropriate melatonin levels; a fitbit to monitor the quality of my sleep (if my deep sleep is at 12% I feel successful); prescription medication; over the counter melatonin; yoga classes and web subscriptions; and therapy.
  4. To help me fall asleep I have tried listening to ASMR podcasts, audio books, progressive muscle relaxation therapy, mindfulness meditation, ocean sounds, rain sounds, tv shows, spa music… Silence is far worse.
  5. I am not a “nap” person. Unless I am in absolute dire need. It’s not that I don’t want to, it’s just that most of the time I can’t nap.
  6. I feel most awake between 9pm and 12:30am.
  7. I look back and realise I was immensely sleep deprived the entirety of my high school and undergraduate years.
  8. I will read until I get very sleepy, put the book down and immediately feel awake again.
  9. I am listening to the book “Why We Sleep” by Mathew Walker and it is enlightening and depressing. I understand my sleep issues better and yet the structure of modern society means there is nothing I can do about them.
  10. I have the best husband. He brings a cup of coffee to my bedside every morning.

5 thoughts on “10 things about me and sleep

  1. Oh wow…. you’ve definitely told a lot of your sleep story (nightmare!!) through this list. I can relate to many many things you’ve experienced, tried, struggled with, paid for…


  2. Oh dear . This is a tough cycle. I have no advice or anything for you. Perhaps the fact that you are so metacognitive is a bonus. Channel the energy into something good, there’s plenty of it to be spread around with love.


  3. Oh! Your poor sleep! I love sleeping – and I love it even more now that I have kids. I don’t always fall asleep easily (damn lists in my head), but I do usually fall asleep in under two hours. I love the way your list tells a story about sleep, about all the things you’ve tried and what you really hope for (sleep – just sleep). Also, #10 is an absolutely great end to this. May you sleep well tonight.


  4. I love how lists can tell a story. We used lists to tell stories about ourselves today in my classroom, and it was one of the best writing experiments we’ve done all year! I really like how you’ve wrapped a traditionally informational form in narrative to tell us your personal sleep story.


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