October Method: Sleep

So, the topic scheduled for October was actually ‘Wardrobe’, but due to moving a month or so ago, this topic has been pretty comprehensively covered in previous posts. So I’m going to go for a slight shift here, and cover a month which I missed altogether – oops! – and talk about sleep.

Sleep is a topic that, if you’ve never had any massive problems like insomnia or sleep apnea, you probably don’t give much consideration to.  But this post is so timely for me, because I’ve moved out of town with my husband, and our commute is a lot longer. So we get up at 5.30am now (something I NEVER would have thought I would say!). The result is, especially because I’m a bit of a night owl naturally, that I don’t think I’m getting enough sleep. By the time I get to the end of the work day, and get home, I am absolutely exhausted and basically just want to curl up on the couch and watch films. But I don’t go to bed super early – oh no! I want to make the most of my free time! And so the cycle continues.

This has been the case for nearly a month now, and I can see that it needs to change. So I’m going to figure out some ways to make this better.

  1. Research sleep cycles.
    Always the first step, right? I’m going to look into sleep cycles, specifically – I’ve always been someone who dreams (and remembers their dreams), which I’m told is a sign of a deep sleeper – and I think part of the reason why I’m feeling so bad in the morning is because I’m waking up in the middle of a deep sleep. So I need to figure this out, whether it’s by old-fashioned calculations or some kind of app on my phone.
  2. Start a sleep routine.
    I have heard before that having a routine before bed helps adults to go to sleep – just like children! So, I’m going to create one, based on what I read about sleep this month. It will probably include not looking at my phone before I go to bed, arrrgh.
  3. Examine diet.
    My husband and I have just finished the Whole 30, which has been great for our general health and wellbeing – and we’ve certainly been having lots of deep sleep and crazy dreams! As we’re in the introduction phase, where we monitor which foods are affecting us and which aren’t, I’ll also be researching how what you eat and drink can affect your sleep, and seeing what I can change or incorporate into my diet before bed.
  4. Go to bed earlier.

The most obvious solution, and one that I’m going to leave to the last, because as said earlier, I do slightly resent this. More than slightly resent it, in fact. I leave home at 7am and get back just before 7pm, so my leisure time during the week is already very scarce. Going to bed at 7.30pm is NOT AN OPTION. But maybe I can find a compromise, here.

 

So, there you have it! Before I know it, I’ll be sleeping like a baby, right?

 

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