Only Child’s Sleep Deprivation Continues

There is a reason – several reasons – why I have been so tardy posting here lately. It is a combination of too much to do and too little sleep. The first also has something to do with not getting enough sleep. Because some of the consequences of not getting enough sleep are hitting me, I have decided I really must take measures to get more sleep.

For example, with not enough sleep, I don’t think as clearly, I don’t always do the smartest thing and realize this afterwards, some of my writing isn’t as good, I get angry oftener, I give myself hell for not getting the important things done, stress rears its ugly head, and I fall asleep in front of the TV. These are only a few.

However, one good thing about my not getting enough sleep is 95 percent of the time when I actually get to bed I fall asleep quickly and stay asleep until the alarm clock dings. Or the phone rings with one of these telemarketing scammers. I don’t pick up the phone then, but when I check messages later, if there is a message from a scammer I loudly curse them. Because did you know that for some of these telephone scams if you just pick up the phone when they call you are automatically transferred to someone far away and immediately start accumulating phone charges?

But that is for another post. First here is some info on not getting enough sleep. From research and other info on line and the personal.

Some sleep experts insist we need 8 or more hours sleep each night. I disagree and that is from personal experience. My experience (when I get enough sleep) shows that my optimum sleep time is 7 hours and 15 minutes. As I’ve been mostly getting 5 to 6 hours most nights, it’s obvious I have to change that. But not to 8 or more hours. Here are links to what the experts say on this. Read them and decide for yourself.

How much sleep do you need? This one is a bit more balanced and gives requirements for all age groups. And they make sense, especially giving sleep hour ranges. For the record, I’m a senior, so my 7 hours and 15 minutes requirement fits in here.

Here’s one I definitely disagree with. To this expert I say “in YOUR dreams”, “get real” and “Do you get 8.5 hours of sleep EVERY night?”

 

Fortunately I have figured out the two big culprits about why I don’t get enough sleep. If I can conquer the first one, then I can conquer the second one.

Overwhelming schedule

  1. I have too much to do each day, and do some chores very late at night into the wee morning hours.. So, as I have previously posted I have a Do Not Do list. This is for stuff I do that can be tossed out of my life, or at the very least postponed to a later date. On New Year’s Day I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions. Instead I do A, B, C, D etc. lists of what I have to do and don’t want to do (that would be housecleaning for one), what I have to do and want to do, etc. etc. Since then I am adding to the “Don’t Do/Kick Out of my Life list and the “Postpone” List. FYI posting regularly (for me that is bi-weekly like I used to a few months ago) on this blog is on the Want to Do/ Have to Do list. So is my author blog. As I used to, I plan to alternate weeks of posting with the two blogs.

  1. I have difficulty tearing myself away from the TV at night, partly because I sometimes fall asleep in front of the TV. This is NOT regular shows or late night movies, but the news and weather station. I am a former journalist so need my daily news shots, even though I do read a bit of it online and get the weekend print papers and weekly local papers. So, I’m trying to limit my time on those TV programs and get going to bed between 11.30 p.m. and midnight. It will be around 12.30 when I get to bed. I get up regularly at 8 a.m. every day (don’t try to catch up by sleeping in late on weekends), so that should make my 7 hours and 15 minutes of sleep. After a quick check-in with The Weather Network, the TV must be turned off. And I must not do any chores afterwards. Just getting-ready for bed rituals and actually get in the bed. So I have to follow point 1. More closely.

The first one should help the second one, although I will still need to make the effort to shut off the TV and get up off the couch at midnight. Perhaps an old Dick Van Dyke skit quote might help to repeat. In the skit (from many many years ago and not sure which TV show he was guesting on but it could have been The Carol Burnette show as I watched that one regularly).

Dick Van Dyke is sitting in a comfortable chair and can’t seem to get up. So he yells out, “Prune juice.” And he jumps up.

For those having sleeping issues, how do you deal with them? Let’s get a discussion going here.

Cheers.

Sharon

Only Child Writes

4 Comments

Filed under Life Balance, Life demands, Only child, Prioritizing, Sleep deprivation

4 responses to “Only Child’s Sleep Deprivation Continues

  1. Rio

    You have never struck me as a particularly restful sort of person.
    I average about 7.5 hours a night but have periods of only 5 and other periods of 8 or 9. I think I am from another planet with a wobbly rotation.
    I find avoiding screens for half an hour before I go to bed really helps. I read or listen to an audio book.
    I have started taking magnesium which seems to help too. I might try a combination of magnesium and melonin next, which my friend says works like magic.
    Rather than focusing on what needs to be done at night, I count the things I finished and leave negative lists for the morning! I learned that as a single mom.
    Getting enough sunlight and physical excercise helps too. I also “meditate” every day (actually it’s Zen sitting, not really the same but the explanation would put you to sleep).

    Good luck! Oh, and try not to stress about it!

    • Thanks for all your comments. Definitely I’m not a restful person – I suppose my background/life experiences and the like have a lot to do with it. I actually made it to 7 hours sleep one night this week, including the part in front of the TV. Once I turn off the TV it is about half an hour before I finish all the bedtime rituals, including taking a shower, and two Valerium pills to help me sleep. Valerium is a natural relaxation and sleep supplement, the forerunner of Valium medical prescription I believe. I have heard that melonin helps you sleep.And I agree getting enough sunlight and exercise are a big help. Unfortunately both are in short supply in winter thanks to too much snow and other precipitation and even too cold weather. I do my “to do” lists for the next day the evening before. But I like your suggestion to count the things finished and I am now doing that.

    • I think No. 2 was supposed to be connected to getting off the couch. I should have added something about turning the TV off. Oh well, I’m sure I’ll have a followup post on this subject. Thanks for pointing this out.

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