Sleep and I have fallen out .. rather harshly too. I am shattered, lethargic and unrested, which is not a good combination when you need your wits about you to function in every day ways.
Usually, I head for bed because I am tired, but by the time I have struggled to my feet, waddled to the bathroom, waddled to the bedroom, undressed, collapsed and thrown the covers over, I am wide awake again. Thumb twiddling for over an hour and closer to two before eventually dropping off into a disjointed sleep pattern of regular waking into full consciousness to adjust position and then wait ages to drop off again. I would guess that to get 6 hours of decent sleep would take 12 to 16 hours to achieve.
I purchased an iPad – loving it – with the tv catch up app and iPlayers, this is brilliant for me. I go to bed earlier, so all the energetic waddling is done, I watch some tv for an hour, switch off iPad, turn over, sleep arrives within the hour … a sounding result.
However more recently even this has failed to work. I turn off the ipad and turn over and toss and turn and huff and count dots, clouds, sheep, recite the alphabet forwards backwards, box the compass clock and anti clock wise, sleep makes a half hearted appearance some four hours later, leaving me about three hours to sleep disjointedly before the next day beckons. This does not a happy bunny make!
Last night, I was in bed by 9 because I felt exhausted and staying up longer could render me too exhausted to physically do the struggle and waddle. I got comfy and no, nothing, not a hint of a yawn or droopy eyes. I went online, tweeted, read, watched tv until midnight and still more awake than at any point in the day! Turned over and determined myself to slumber, spent the rest of the night travelling the bed to find the cool spot, travelling the bed to find the warm bit, travelling the bed to retrieve the duvet slowly sliding off the bottom corner, tossing turning shifting because which ever way I lay it caused something to go numb, something to go ouch or something to cramp.
Patience thoroughly tested and that too now exhausted.
So for the rest of the month, it is kill or cure time. Strict routine for bed, no excuses, no tardiness on my part [stop sniggering]. Bed … tv 1 hour, take herbal sleepy helpers, read 1 hour, turn over and SLEEP.