Monday, 25 February 2013

Sleep course week 6

Well I'm not sure if I'm making much progress. I am now going to bed at 12.30am and still getting up at 7am. I am waking atleast once and sometimes two times in the night, but I do go back to sleep quite quickly so that is an improvement. But staying awake til gone midnight evey night is really quite hard and the quality of tele at that time of night is frankly awful. And getting up at 7am at the weekend is not much fun, but I shall continue for a few more weeks to try and reprogram my mind and body. Also I may find it easier just to accept that 5/6 hours sleep per night is all I am going to get and that it is enough. If I stop worrying about how much sleep I'm getting then I may sleep better anyway. All I need to do now is find enough energy to tackle some writing. The weather doesn't help much, we had a few lovely sunny days but now it's been snowing for the last three days and it's freezing cold so very depressing. Roll on spring. And for some reason I couldn't add a photo again, I think my brain is on the blink!!!

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Sleep course week 3

So now the fun begins!!! Week three of the course is a whole different kettle of fish. I have to reprogram my mind to associate bed with sleep.[No snide remarks please] When I wake in the night if I am awake for more than 15 mins I have to get up until I feel sleepy again then return to bed. And using my sleep diary as the reference point I have to restrict the time I spend in bed to the time I normally manage to sleep i.e. a bit less than 6 hours. So no going to bed before 1.15am and then only if I feel sleepy and then I must get up at 7am, regardless of how much sleep I have managed!!!!! This is not going to be easy, but then I never thought it would be. I have been struggling with sleep problems for years so it cannot be a quick fix. Not sure what effect this will have on my ability to think straight and get on with my wip but if it works it can only be beneficial in the long run. So fingers crossed and I'm just off to check out the DVD list for all those late nights that are coming my way. Wish me luck!!