Well, I liked the title. It’s rare that facebook is helpful, or provides something even a little life changing. But last week there was a very informative video clip by someone who is a professor/author on sleep. And his little video covers how to get a great nights sleep.
All of the information I should know – I am a sporadically dreadful sleeper whose brain will not shut down at night! But practicing what I know is hard work – especially when it’s less than comfortable. The idea is to go to bed at a consistent time – not a problem, avoid screens – ok I can cope – but getting up at weekends the same time as in the week – that’s 6.30am on Saturday and Sunday? That’s less exciting.
So far I have done it for one week. I’m sleeping – just waking every 2 hours, which is progress. Apparently, your brain gets used to using bed as a place to be awake and think. I’m good at thinking so that’s not helpful. I’ve even managed to dream – which is odd for me – Dad and I are people who don’t dream – or remember them!!
The positive benefits are that I’ve done early morning ironing (not my favourite task), getting to costa at 7am on a work Friday – to celebrate sleep and the weekend and a ridiculously early long walk today. Tomorrow I’m hopefully off for a swim. I want to try reprogramming my brain so I can sit down and chat to God in the morning – I am struggling with tension and not being able to sit still – my job contract ends in 6 weeks. I suspect the same approach is true – being there, going back to praying through “Celtic Morning Prayer” as a nice basic framework. I will see if it works.