Is your bedroom set up for a good night’s sleep.

Heard enough about my sleep? In bed at 11pm last night. Half an hour later than I should have made it. I had an evening function for work and then came home and watched an hour of TV, so didn’t get ready for bed until 10.30. Fell asleep quickly as I was soooo tired. Woke just after 5am, as I had to go to the toilet. I didn’t want to wake up as I knew once up I wouldn’t sleep well again, given I only had an hour before I should be up. Back in bed, I put on the TV. With the volume low, the background noise is like white noise. I doze off. I am probably so used to it because that has how I have fallen asleep for much of the last 10 years – on the lounge with the TV on. But I don’t think you get to the deep, restorative non-REM sleep. still, with 6 hours of sleep and an extra hour of light sleep, I feel OK.

Is there such a beast as perfect sleep?

There is definitely good sleep habits and routines.

Experts call it sleep hygiene. Sounds all wrong. The two words just don’t seem to make sense together. Like needing to disinfect sleep.

Anyway, Professor Kerryn Phelps says most people who complain about poor sleep just don’t give themselves a chance. The first thing she says to do is establish a comfort zone.

This includes having a comfortable, supportive mattress. Bedding should be right for the weather and pleasant. So make the bed nicely. The pillow should support your neck and be comfortable.

The room needs to be dark and noise free. This includes noise from outside, such as noisy neighbours, and noise from inside. A snoring partner can be hell. Prof Phelps says treatments for snoring are readily available. Other inside noises could include pets.

Well, I have a supportive mattress, comfortable pillows, nice bed linen, a variety of blankets for the changeable weather we have at this time of year, a dark room with very little outside noise. The neighbours do occasionally have parties but in the main they are very quiet. No pets here either. I do have a partner who snores. It has driven me out of the bedroom in the past but antihistamine seems to have stopped the snoring.

Seems like I have a good comfort zone then. How’s yours?

Today’s decluttered item = lipsticks. Make up does go off as the fat and oils go rancid. Germs also grow on them. Here’s a lip liner I have had for years and never used much as I don’t use lip liners. The lip tint is almost finished. The white stick is a gloss that goes with the tint. I never use it. I actually had 3 or 4 of these. The tint was gone but for some reason I held onto the gloss,even though I never used them, preferring to use a different gloss.

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