I think I’ve blogged
over and over again once or twice as to how I battle with sleep. I am an insomniac. If I get a total of 3 hours sleep a night, I’m lucky. I wake up every morning tired, no actually exhausted, and then still go about my day, from working to studying to dropping and fetching M-L to making supper only to fall asleep close to, or often after midnight. Then I would spend the next few hours until sunrise tossing and turning, waking up, walking around, watching tv, then going back to bed.
Last week something changed. Actually 2 things changed.
1. I made a conscientious effort to be in bed between 9-10pm
2. I absentmindedly placed my cellphone on my table top in my room, instead of sleeping with it under my pillow.
I didn’t recognise myself. Not only did I only wake up ONCE during the night / morning (which was just to use the bathroom), I woke up refreshed and energised! Please remember that last week Wednesday was when I rushed my hubby through to the hospital. This all happened on Wednesday night. So yes, I was absolutely exhausted from the days events, however I have managed to continue the reasonably early nights and keeping my cellphone away from me when I go to bed, and I have noticed an INCREDIBLE change in my sleeping patterns and how I feel when I wake up in the mornings.
I know that this might sound all sci-fi and techy, but I really do believe that my cellphone was interfering with my brain. And yes, now I have self-diagnosed myself with a medical condition 😉 I believe that the wifi waves in my house, as well as my phone waves or whatever they’re called, were interfering with my brain waves, not allowing my brain to relax and recharge. I mean come on; I slept with my cellphone right under my pillow! Right under my head! I’m still a bit tired in the mornings, but instead of snoozing my alarm clock for 2 hours, I now snooze for about 10 minutes before I’m up and at ’em. I even went for a run at 5:30am this morning!
The late nights also played a huge part in my insomnia; if my body was tired I refused to listen to it, instead staying up until 2am to finish watching a movie, or to play games on my iPad. I would then inevitably fall asleep on the couch, which is not the most comfortable of couches to sleep on, resulting in me waking up even MORE tired the next morning.
So no more insomnia related posts from me; by 8pm my cellphone and iPad are out of my hands, and between 9-10pm I’m in bed. And instead of lying awake for what seems like hours, I know that I fall asleep so fast, I should be observed medically 😉
So self-inflicted and self-diagnosed, and I couldn’t be happier 🙂