My answer is a resounding no.
Of course, the question demands another question: how much is enough?
My answer is I’m still not getting enough. And not enough good sleep.
I’ve been trying to improve my sleep for years. Bad habits such as falling asleep on the lounge reappear all too frequently. I relax on the lounge and then am too tired to do my before bed routines. So I sleep for a few hours, and then make my way into bed, only to toss and turn for hours.
So no putting my head down on the lounge. I know I will fall asleep.
And off to bed by
What about you? Getting enough sleep? Getting the right sleep?
I am fortunate to be a good sleeper and I rarely have problems falling or staying asleep, or getting up either. However, getting to bed at a reasonable hour – now that’s another story! I feel best with 7 hours of sleep, but I often make do with 6 or 6.5 because I don’t feel like going to bed. I get sucked into the Internet vortex, and when I pull myself away, I realize I still have to do the dishes and make lunch for the next day and so on – then I do. I get 7-8 on the weekends.
Hit my problem on the head, Dar – getting to bed at a reasonable hour. There are always jobs to do! And that Internet vortex! Deadly!
Last night, like last Sunday, I struggled.
I routinely get to bed by 9.30pm (sometimes earlier to read), and then try to head to sleep soon after. Then I get up at 5.45am. When I moved in with the BF (almost a year ago), his nightly snoring had a HUGE impact. Thankfully it’s causing less trouble now, though did recur last night enough that I chose to move rooms.
I don’t fall asleep on the sofa though, so that’s a positive for me, cause I’d hate the ‘drag myself to bed’ moment. That being said, despite this bedtime routine, it doesn’t assure me I’m not tired, and that really gets my goat!
I want your routine! Must make more of an effort. Except I can’t read in bed. Bugger. Mr Sans goes to bed earlier than me and is already asleep by 9.30. Think I need my own bedroom. I’m an adult. Why can’t I have one?
And yes, know all about the snoring. Mr Sans does that too. I make him take antihistamines every couple of weeks, one or two a week. Seems to help. And I have found the side he normally doesn’t snore on, so push him to that side. When he is bad and it wakes me, I kick him and wake him up too. If he doesn’t suffer a disturbed sleep, he doesn’t believe me in the morning and won’t do anything about it.
It would be a trial to fall asleep on the couch – the dreaded moment of waking up and having to go to bed! You must be very tired to have that happen.
I have lots of trouble with sleep. My issue is frequent wakings at 3-4am. I can never get back to sleep at that hour – I’m wide awake like it’s proper morning. Liz from EOK saved my sanity by recommending herbal Valerian. I use that and another herbal remedy to regulate my sleep.
And it is a spiral – so tired I fall asleep on the lounge, then I get more tired so the next night I fall asleep on the lounge!
Those mid-morning wakings are a killer. I do them too sometimes – usually when I go to bed on time as my body is used to waking up after a few hours. Then falling asleep an hour before it is time to get up means I sometimes miss my alarm!
Oh, my sleep patterns are a mess!
I noticed one thing that stood out for me in what you wrote: ‘then am too tired to do my before bed routines’. I find if I have before bed routines I also tend to nod off on the lounge as I always think to myself, if I lie here for just a minute then I will have the energy, but I never do have the energy. If you change your before bed routines (to after dinner routines) would that help?
An ICU nurse recently suggested if anyone is having trouble sleeping to try taking 2 paracetamol prior to going to bed. It works for her every time she has trouble sleeping.
Good luck with your sleeping habits. :D.
TKaye, you’ve nailed it. That will be my goal next term, after these hols. I will get ready for bed and do my chores much earlier – straight after dinner!
I am so grateful I don’t struggle with sleep! Friends and family poke fun at my 9pm bedtime, but when I don’t get enough sleep, I’m grouchy, hungry, and sluggish all day. I can’t imagine frequent sleep issues, I’m sure it’s awful. 😦
They only poke fun because they are jealous. I know as I do the same thing to Mr Sans. He goes to bed early and as soon as his head hits the pillow he is off.
Jealous? You betcha.