Tuesday, July 10, 2012
How Do You Sleep?
My mom always said I could fall asleep on a picket fence, and she would be right.
On a plane, give me five minutes after we have ascended, and I'm out. In a car, especially if I'm in the backseat; good night Candy. I've even been know to fall asleep at a late night party on the sofa of someone's home. Pop in a movie after 9pm and you can bet on the fact that by the end of it, I will be out cold. Most nights I'm in bed by 10 and gone until 6 the next morning, but lately I've been waking up at 3 am, unable to fall back asleep. And it's for a while, like a few hours.
Yes, I've got a lot on mind, and the thoughts keep racing throughout the night, but when I wake at 3am and the moonlight hits my pillow just so, I begin to think about getting up and starting the day. This keeps happening and I'm wondering why.
My friends tell me this happens to them too. "It's our age", they say, and about half have started taking sleeping pills. Almost all of the ones who report to be taking sleeping pills tell me that they now need them to fall asleep. No thanks. I've got enough problems and I don't need to add sleeping pills to that list, but when it's 3am and your eyes are almost glued open, a little Tylenol PM doesn't seem to be a bad thing? Is it?
I exercise, I try to eat right, I don't drink too much caffeine because I am not a coffee drinker but I do drink tea, so why the sudden changes in my sleeping habits? When I go to bed at night, I fall asleep, no problem. But now the stress of worrying about waking up at 3am makes me a bit anxious before bed.
So what is the solution? And how long until I decide this is a true problem? As I said, it's only been a few weeks of this and not every night.
I guess the real question is, how well do you sleep, bloggers?