Falling asleep. Is it easy or hard for you? I had an eye doctor appointment yesterday morning and I was on the road by 9:15. I was sitting at a light in Buffalo waiting for the left turn light to change and I was rocking out to “You Should Be Dancing” and I happened to look at the car to my right and I saw the a woman in the passenger seat was sound asleep. The man looked bored and she was sawing logs. The first thing I thought was they must be traveling because it’s pretty early in the morning for a nap.
It then left me to wonder how easy it is for some people to fall asleep. I have a heck of a time falling asleep. As I’ve gotten older, it’s gotten even harder. I used to be able to lay in bed for 10-12 hours. My body could never take that now. I’d ache. I also used to be able to take a 2 hour nap in the afternoon. I can’t do that anymore either. My best naps are the cat nap variety. If I can sleep soundly for 20 minutes or so, I wake up feeling terrific. BUT…the downside to that is I sometimes need to “prepare” to get that 20 minute nap. It’s got to be dark, cold and silent. This is one of the reasons why I need to sleep alone. I just can’t stand any sounds. The picture I’m using in this post, if that was my husband and I and I was trying to sleep and he was there with the light on and sitting up AND eating, I’d stab him with his silverware. There is NO way I could sleep like that.
Paul can fall asleep playing games on the computer or in the car while I’m driving. He can fall asleep almost anywhere. My brother told me he’s the same way. He can pretty much fall asleep anywhere but his sleeping “problem” as he gets older is it’s harder to stay asleep for a long period of time. He wakes up a lot more.
How about you? Have your sleeping patterns changed as you’ve aged? Can you fall asleep anywhere or are you more like me? Do you have to have the “perfect” conditions in order to get that cherished and much needed nap?