You’re fast asleep, warm, snug and dreaming of faraway and wonderful places, and then the alarm goes off, again. You try to calculate how many times you can hit snooze before making yourself late and needing to skip breakfast.
When will it end? Being stuck in a routine and not having enough sleep are huge stressors, especially in our modern lives. It’s so hard to think of a way out of it, and that’s why it can feel so depressing sometimes.
We don’t have a solution for how you can live as a lady of leisure, but we can tell you about sleep.
10 very common symptoms of lack of sleep, as well as feeling tired are:
- You can’t think properly
- You feel easily depressed
- You’re upset easily
- You have a low tolerance of everyone and everything
- You crave sugar, carbs, alcohol and caffeine
- You ache
- Your digestive system can be very sensitive
- You can’t stop eating
- You may feel snappy or tearful
- Your skin looks dull
Added to that, you’re probably not very nice to be around! We mean that nicely, we know you’re a good person really.
We’re not here to tell you that getting enough sleep is easy but we can tell you that we understand. Lack of sleep is used as a torture technique, so that tells us how important it is.
Here’s one massive thing you could do to try to get your sleep (and your life) back on track.
Go to bed early!
This is really very boring BUT it does work wonders, and you know what’s really amazing? IT’S FREE. It’s not an easy thing to do but it’s well worth trying it.
It’s hard if you’ve just got in from work, been busy yourself, maybe you’ve just put the kids to bed, maybe you’ve walked the dog etc. All you really want to do is slump in front of the television for a couple of hours to unwind, maybe with a glass of wine too. But there are jobs to do, boring but necessary jobs.
Yes, we get it, of course you want to stay up until a ‘grown up’ bedtime but sweetie, if you’re feeling like death warmed up in the morning then something has to give.
We urge you to give it a go; it will be so worth it.
Many people with fatigue-related disorders get a second wind around 11pm. If this is you then try to be tucked up in bed fast asleep before it gets anywhere near that time. Yes, we know you achieve amazing things in the wee small hours, and that you have great ideas but you still won’t be able to get up in the morning and do everything that you need to do in daylight hours.
If this is you then try setting an alarm of your phone telling you to stop doing what you’re doing and be tucked up in bed by 10/10.30pm. You choose the time. The reminder is there to tell you to switch off the laptop, switch off of mute your phone and get your PJs on. Now you can settle down, and try to start to unwind.
Don’t forget, with our ever-changing hormones there are times of the month when we need extra sleep. This could be at different stages of your cycle or it could be connected with the perimenopause/menopause.
The perimenopause is quite a long time before the actual menopause. It’s when your body does weird things for years and you can’t quite work out what’s going on. You may find a fan is helpful in the bedroom to keep you cool overnight, or at least when you’re trying to settle down. Earplugs will help to dull the noise.
This is such an obvious solution and it’s okay to feel resistant. There is something about being allowed to be an adult and go to bed when you want, not when someone or something dictates. Maybe we’re never recovered from our parents marching us upstairs to bed? Maybe we’re still rebelling in some way?
Whatever it is, give it a go and see how much better you feel in a short space of time. Just think of the things you could achieve in daylight hours if you’re firing on all cylinders!
Don’t worry about how many hours you’re supposed to get. You know what’s best for your body. Some people need less, some people need more. It’s as simple as that.
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Let us know how you get on.