A while ago I wrote a post about napping. I’m a really good napper, and perhaps you would make the assumption that I’m equally good as a night time sleeper. But you’d be wrong. (Which is probably why I’ve become so skilled at napping.) I go to sleep okay, usually, but I wake up in the middle of the night, wide awake, ready to go. Only it’s only 2:30 or 3:00 in the morning. I do the math, counting how many hours until I have to get up (at 5:15) and I start to worry. I imagine how I’ll teach school on only five hours of sleep. I imagine the twelve minute nap I’ll have to take on my prep. And then I’m even less sleepy.
I have done a little tiny bit of research about what lack of sleep does to your body and it’s all bad. Increased levels of cortisol due to sleeplessness make you hold fat, especially in the abdomen where it’s dangerous to have fat, the place where I always store it. There. I am not an expert on sleep at all, but I do know about not sleep. And it’s a drag. So lately I’ve been working on what will help me sleep.
Last Thursday my trainer, Sarah, suggested I take magnesium before sleep. Some fizzy citrusy stuff called Natural Calm was what she recommended. So I’m trying some meditation and Natural Calm before bed, in hopes that I’ll manage a full night’s sleep. I think it’s getting better. Last night I got seven hours. which is kind of outstanding. And now I’m off to try again.
What about you? Do you have any sleep issues? How do you deal with them? I’m open to suggestions!