I have lots of trouble sleeping – in fact I have suffered from insomnia for years. It is only recently that I have been quite conscious of the lack of sleep. 5 hours is a good night for me.
But the funny thing is, there still isn’t enough time in the day! My psychologist is persistently telling me that I need to manage my time better. But the thing is, I have to do lists, and I have a daily planner, but every day, something happens to throw my plans out! How does that happen?
I finally told my husband the other day that I am taking some time out to write. So what does he do? Interferes with MY time. Grrr.
I have been working nearly 7 days a week – at least 6 days. Tuesday is the only day I get to myself at the moment, and I make the most of it, by getting out of the house, because how else am I to have some personal space.
Don’t get me wrong. I love my husband dearly, and I love spending time with him, but I just wish he would respect my wish of time to myself.
Even at night time, I have taken to sleeping in a separate bedroom because I am so restless at night. I have made myself a nest – quite literally. I got all the furry blankets I own and put them on the mattress on the floor. I curl up in the softness and read, because there is little else to do while you can’t sleep.
Now, I know that some of you will be saying, that the problem is I am reading at night. Well, I actually go to bed. Read for half an hour to an hour, and then go to sleep. I sleep well until about 1:30am. If I can’t get back to sleep by 2am, I read my Kindle. Reading is the only way to quieten down my mind. I do yoga, I exercise, I don’t eat a certain amount of time before I go to bed, I am careful what I watch or the games I play before bedtime, because I know this can affect me, but still – little to no effect.
Of course, it doesn’t help when you have a conversation going on in your brain between two characters… and they don’t want me to forget the conversation, so keep repeating it until I have the opportunity to write it down. Sometimes I wonder at my own sanity!
Once a fortnight, I have a sleeping pill, in the hopes that it will get me back into a regular pattern, but it hasn’t to date. The only time I got some good sleep was when I was sick… and I can’t constantly be sick.
I know that my brain is relatively active, but is this because I am a creative person? Does anyone else have trouble sleeping? Would love to hear what you do to get a better nights sleep.