Sleep, why do you elude me?
Sorry about not posting last night. I spent two hours studying for the PE (we’re finished with concrete!) and then another 3 (well maybe only 2.5 thanks to Tivo) watching “LOST”!!
So I’d like to discuss my love/hate relationship with SLEEP, as in I hate sleep at night, but love it in the morning. I believe that this began even before I was born. I used to have a theory that the proximity your birthdate was from your due date had an effect on your sleeping patterns. I was born 12 days late, and I’ve always been a person who sleeps in. Whereas one of my brothers was a day early, and he would always be up at the crack of dawn on Saturdays to watch cartoons (I would drag myself out of bed in order to watch Saved by the Bell at 11am).
Anyway, my “night-owl”-ness was evident as I was growing up. I used to read by the light of the hallway all night (one friend told me that he HOPES his kids get in trouble for this!). Or I would go downstairs and watch college basketball with my dad, claiming that “I couldn’t sleep”. (This is when I learned that Xavier was pronounced “Zavier” and not “X-avier”). I even remember a time in fourth grade when I only got about 4 hours of sleep, because my insomnia kept me up until 3:30am!
Throughout the years I have developed some “coping” mechanisms, such as my sleep position. I pretty much have to be in this position in order to fall asleep.
(On my left side, not my right side). I have also learned a way to distract my brain from the worries of the day by making up stories. I would fantasize about how I would become a famous actress or marry the man of my dreams (usually my current crush or my default, Prince William). This would allow me to relax and drift off into slumber.
Of course once I finally do fall asleep, I don’t always stay asleep. My college roommate has diagnosed me (pretty much from day one of the five years we lived together) with sleep apnea. This would explain why I remember at least one dream almost every night. I can wake up multiple times each night, often looking at the clock and calculating just how much more sleep I can get.
Why am I writing all of this? First of all, sleep is obviously tied into a healthy lifestyle. Also in the past few weeks I’ve definitely been having some insomnia issues. Last night I might have dozed off and on between 12:30am and 2:00am, but I definitely didn’t fully fall asleep until almost 4:00am! I just couldn’t seem to relax and stop my brain from thinking. This doesn’t help when I’m trying to (a) get myself to fall asleep earlier so that I can get into the office BEFORE 9am and (b) wake up around 6:00am at least once a week for my training session.
Does anyone have any suggestions? What helps you fall asleep? I usually like to read until I’m very sleepy, and that can help. I also know that I need to get myself into some kind of routine.
February Monthly Goals:
Okay, finally have my February goals
- Eating Eat 5 veggies and fruits and TELL THE BLOGOSPHERE EVERY DAY!
- Exercise Use the WiiFit once per week (guess I should use it since I got it)
- Personal #1 Figure out something to get/do for Matt for Valentine’s Day? I always feel like this holiday is all about the girls, and I want to do something special with Matt. Any suggestions?
- Personal #2 Choose what to give up for Lent. How about “sex for money”? 😉 Seriously, my usuals are soda/chocolate. But I was thinking about doing something crazy like meat.