Thursday, December 06, 2007

Love Your Body, Day 1: Be quiet for pity's sake!

I started off well, really I did. I got downstairs to my bed by 10:15 with the intention of being asleep by 11:00 p.m. and then I decided to put away the 10 pairs of shoes that have been haunting the floor for about a month. They had been bothering me with their air of "I do not care" and now they are where they belong - score one for the good guys. With that task complete, I got changed, chased all cats out of my room (they wake me up), lit the peppermint candle TCB bought me last year at the holidays, turned on the fan because I must have fresh air blowing across me when I sleep, and closed my eyes.

It took about 45 minutes to actually get to sleep from what I could tell, which would have put it at 11:15, so only 15 minutes later than planned - bonus! At 3:15 a.m., I woke up from a work-related nightmare and then couldn't get my mind to stop thinking about work. I was in that half awake/half asleep mode where things are really foggy, but I distinctly remember thinking that I needed to lie for a little while on one side and a little while on the other because I needed to take care of both product lines. Seriously. It was about 90 minutes later before I could get back to sleep, so 4:45 a.m. and then my alarm went off at 7:00 a.m., which was bad. I then proceeded to roll over and sleep again for another hour. V. bad because I had a meeting at 9:00 a.m. at work and it was 8:00 a.m. when I finally woke up!

So, in conclusion, I had a total of 6 hours and 15 minutes of sleep last night. *Sigh* Casting this in a positive light, I have nearly limitless opportunity for improvement, so hurray for that.

Lessons learned:
1. Find a way to get work out of my head before bed
2. Do not use food to accomplish #1
3. I need to be in bed a full hour before I intend to be asleep

Whee...we're on our way, friends!!!

5 comments:

JessiferSeabs said...

Love the new look and the new attitude!

Do you have an mP3 player? a few months ago, I went on itunes and downloaded a bunch of sounds like waves crashing and running water and waterfalls and rain and all that jazz... sometimes I listen to it (with my Aveda candle burning, after a nice warm bubble bath, etc), and just focus on deep breaths, and it realllllllly helps me to unwind!

Lilli said...

If you accoplished 1. please share the experience. I wish you succes in this.

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Hilly said...

Have you thought about journalling, like in a book? Just writing whatever comes into your mind about work or anything for that matter....to get it out of your head?

I've started keeping a gratitude journal and it sounds silly and simply stupid but wow....after writing down five things I am grateful for each night, it sort of melts the other stuff away. You wouldn't think it would have that much power, but it does!

M@rla said...

One thing I've discovered is that when I wake up and think squirrely thoughts about work and worry about this and that - it's usually based on physical discomfort. I always thought it was evidence of my mental deterioration, but in reality there's a very strong link to muscle soreness from working out, or a headache, or something like that. I started keeping one ibuprofen next to the bed; if I am awake longer than 20 minutes I take it. So far it's done a world of good.