I’ve had trouble staying asleep for the last couple of months and I wondered if this is normal. For the better part of my life I’ve had trouble falling asleep. I can remember when I was in school, I would lay there and lay there and not be able to fall asleep. Then it got to the point I was just counting down hours until I had to get up and then worrying about how tired I was going to be. It was a horrible problem for me for most of my life. Lately, I can fall asleep but keep waking up every hour. Sometimes I’m wide awake and have to force myself to stay there and go back to sleep.
I find I need 8 hours of sleep to feel my best. I don’t get 8 straight hours though even on really good nights. I wake up rolling over a few times each night but I don’t think I really “wake” up doing that. I can handle life with 6 or 7 but I don’t feel as well. Then I wonder how much sleep everyone else gets and needs. Paul goes to bed an hour or two before me but he gets up that much time before me so it equals out to how much we get.
Then I wonder “how” everyone else sleeps. I sleep in VERY cold conditions. I like it COLD and DARK and I have a big fan going so the noises are consistent. I can’t stand a tv on or a radio. The sounds can only be a consistent sound that stays the same, or has a type of “hum” or I lay there and listen. I can’t sleep on my back ever. Only on my sides or stomach. I like to use the same blankets and sheets year-round. It’s the same temperature year-round. Well….it’s colder in the winter but I do have it pretty cold in the summer too. I know people shiver in my room and sometimes in the winter, I can see my breath. There were a few times last winter that I could see frost on the walls and ceiling so I turned on the heat. I didn’t think that was to good for the house. I do have an electric blanket and I turn it on 2 hours or so before I go to bed but I don’t sleep with it on. I also have a down comforter on my bed and I’m ridiculously spoiled with my sheets. I don’t even want to talk about my sheets because I know I sound stuck up when I talk about them but I LOVE THEM.
I was off the oxygen for a long time when I came home from the hospital but I have to admit that when I went off that last medication, I really haven’t felt as well so I went back to using the oxygen at night and there are times I just have to take that off me. I can get wrapped in the tubes and it hampers my sleep more than helping. But the other medication was playing games with my vision and that I couldn’t have.
What I’m really wondering is this, how many hours of sleep do you get each night? Can you sleep with windows open and hear all those “outside” sounds or do you have to have it quiet with a fan or another consistent sound? Do you have special blankets and sheets that you use year round? What temperature do you like it in your room when you’re sleeping? Do you have trouble falling asleep or do you have trouble staying asleep or do you only sleep for a few hours and give in and just get up? Do you then find yourself napping all day and do you think maybe it puts your schedule out of whack? Do you love your pillow and how often do you replace it?
Sorry if I got to nosey but I’ve come to think I have weird sleeping habits! Sleep tight everyone.