I am not the best sleeper. And it is high time to change it. Last year I went on a journey of research and experimentation when it comes to eating habits and diet. It produced more fruits than I can count, and gives me much hope for other areas of life. Like sleep.
In February I will begin my journey into the land of sleep. Before I emerge on the other side I’d like to:
- become more aware of the signals my body sends me; in a similar fashion I relearned to recognise thirst, hunger and fullness for what they are.
- find best ways to respond to those body cues; while common sense tells me that when I feel tired I should take a break – not every break is equal. These can be active, passive, short or long.
- recapture the ability to nap in pure daylight; until now I accepted the inability to sleep during the day as part of me. But now I’m open to the idea that I was wrong and that instead it’s a skill I’ve lost. One I can relearn.
- fall asleep easily; while my husband can simply turn on his side and sleep almost on command I need to reign in a thousand thoughts before sleep comes anywhere near me in the evening.
- wake naturally; there is few things I dislike more than the sound of an alarm clock. Especially if I’m dreaming.
Those are the goals, and the tools?
I’m sure to find tons of material to research – from historic accounts to modern science. And before I arrive at any answers that can shape my life for the better I am sure to come up with a hundred more questions.
Other than that I’ll be keeping a log. There is nothing better to show me both cause and effect as well as patterns I fall into.
Question: What are your thoughts and pains concerning sleep? Let me know in the comments!