In the past few weeks I’ve been having trouble sleeping. This isn’t something new for me. Ever since I was a teenager I’ve gone through cycles of insomnia. Sometimes the cycles last a few weeks and then I am one cranky mama.
Watching certain shows before bed is a real no-no for me. Things like news programs about unsolved murders (or solved ones for that matter), any kind of scary movie or even just the news. I know that as soon as I get into bed I’ll be laying there thinking about what I just watched.
I made the mistake of watching a 48 Hours special about a murdered (and unsolved) child case years ago. Just writing that I’ll probably be up all night. It took me weeks to not think about that show when I went to bed.
I tend to head for bed about 11 but I wipe down counters in the kitchen, check Thor’s lunchbox for anything ultimately grotesque that needs to be thrown out and take care of one more email check before turning off the crackberry before I make it to my room. Then I have to do the usual bedtime stuff; put on pj’s, brush teeth, etc. All totalled that adds about 30 minutes so by the time I lay my head on the pillow it’s going on 11:30.
Unless Chick gets up beforehand the alarm goes off at 7:12 am. But I probably lay in bed for anywhere from 30-80 minutes before I can actually fall asleep. I’m getting at an optimum 7 hours.
It feels like far too little.
How many hours of sleep are you getting at night? Are you an insomniac or one of those lucky ones who fall asleep before you hit the pillow?