Yesterday, I devoted the whole evening to preparation for sleep. No television, little time spent at the computer, lovely music, warm bath, light but sustaining food and so on. I went to bed early and read the papers, but nothing upsetting. I drank herbal tea.
I did go to sleep quite quickly, but woke around midnight for three hours. After a while, having listened to another episode of War and Peace (the first hour or so was spent in silent darkness), I gave in and looked at my phone. On Facebook, someone had ‘liked’ a post about getting to sleep – I didn’t mark it myself and now I can’t find it again, but it was about breathing. The idea is to breathe in for 4 seconds, hold it for 7 seconds and then breathe out for 8 seconds. According to the person who wrote it – clearly an individual, it wasn’t an advertisement – this worked like magic for her, she is usually asleep before she finishes the first exhalation. I’m really bad at the meditation sort of thing, which both bores and irritates me to the point I have to stop, but this seemed simple and worth a try.
Boring, irritating and it didn’t work. I did it eight times and it was, if anything distracting me and stopping me from relaxing – the idea is, it slows your heart rate, which makes you doze off. It was rather like a sleep pillow for me, though – the supposedly soporific herbs wake me up.
After catching up on Scrabble games with other wakeful people, I turned the phone off again and finally dozed off, and didn’t wake up until 9.30 this morning. So I did get a decent amount of sleep overall and, though I woke with the heavy headache that I usually get when I sleep late, I feel rested. However, this is almost as destructive to a normal life as not sleeping and clearly I can’t have my life revolve around preparing to go to bed.
According to my Facebook feed, there are quite a lot of us who can’t sleep. There must be an answer to this.
Anyway, my pans arrived 36 hours after I’d ordered them and three days before I was told they were due. Considering that this was over the weekend, I can only be wildly impressed.
By the way, does anyone have any experience of using Flexiseq?