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I’ve long bemoaned the fact that I don’t get enough sleep. It’s only within the last 4 months that both my children have started sleeping through the night (it’s horrifying this has taken so long) and they are early risers, too: Elfie was up at 5.45am this morning. Heavy sigh.
Generally the only times I regret getting divorced are when I miss having another parent in the house to shoulder 50% of the night wake-ups and early mornings.
If you ask me one thing that I would give my right arm for it would to be a morning person. I’d give ANYTHING to happily leap out of bed in the morning like a sprightly Cinderella, happy enough to be singing at dawn while bluebirds tied ribbons in my hair. Instead I prise my eyes open at 6.30ish (on a good day!) while the kids pad about entertaining themselves in the ten minutes until I wake up, and today their version of entertaining themselves involved incessant caterwauling (they were either playing babies or cats, couldn’t work it out).
Basically, for me mornings suck. I’ve tried everything; my bedroom is immaculate, my mattress is comfy, I have plenty of fresh air, I go to sleep to the sound of waves on a beach. Yet I still wake up each and every morning feeling like I’ve been hit by a truck. In the face. Twice.
Am I the only one who feels like this every single day?
I’ve read so many articles about why it’s impossible to get out of bed in the morning and have deduced my circadian rhythm is just out of whack with my life. If my body had its way it’d happily sleep from 12.30am to 8.30am, but instead I’m trying to force it two hours earlier, square peg round hole style. Though generally what happens is I’m in bed for 10.30pm and never fall asleep until after midnight.
I have noticed a SLIGHT improvement recently: once last week I was that sprightly morning imp I am always wanting to be! I have put this down to the introduction of vitamin supplements in my diet as iron can often be a problem for me, and the sleep-assisting supplement 5HTP. But then I discovered Master of None on Netflix (OMG SO GOOD) and ended up spending my late evenings watching that instead of putting myself in a relaxed state before bed. For me, Netflix and work are the biggest distractions when it comes to relaxing before bed but I just can’t resist a good box set (or email)and have since moved on to Grey’s Anatomy S10 (also OMG so good).
So what’s next? I guess I need to work harder at switching off. I have a library full of books (well, almost) that I bought to read and relax before bed and this would be a much healthier way of spending my evenings rather than watching a screen. I should take more baths, practice my meditation and just be, rather than worrying I need to spend my downtime productively staring at Netflix and Twitter.
How do you switch off before bed?
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