Sleeping Well


I felt like I hardly slept from 12 am onwards after I stood up to pee. I prayed the rosary, which usually is very effective in putting me to sleep but which didn’t work last night. Praying the rosary sort of calms me and keeps my mind off my worries.  I turned on the radio, which also lulls me to sleep.  I knew I have slept when the program I’m listening to signs off without me ever remembering what they have discussed except in the first few minutes.  However, that’s just an hour or two of sleep and I feel I have to get up to pee again, after which I would toss and turn in my bed again until my cell phone alarm goes off at 4:30 am.  I usually stand up at 4:50 am, feeling sleepy.  Probably, I just get about 4-6 hours of sleep every night, which is way below the recommended 8 hours of sleep by Dr. Tan. I asked my friends who are of my age or older, and they have the same problem with sleeping.  The good doctor said not to drink any liquid after 6 pm so that I don’t have to get up every so often and not get my 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Is it true he usually gets 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep every night?  I usually have dinner at 6:30 pm and munch on nuts or chips while watching TV. So how can I not take liquids after 6 pm? However, I usually fall asleep by 8pm in my rocking chair (that makes me look like a granny!) while watching TV.  But that’s just for about 10-20 minutes.

Funny, but I kept on tossing and turning after midnight waiting for the cell phone to sound its alarm but it didn’t.  I stood up at 5:30 am cursing the cell phone as I have a lot of things to do.  I do not feel well, as anyone who lacks sleep does. I am afraid of the effects on my health of not having enough sleep often. Maybe, I’ll heed the doctor’s advice and have my supper earlier and stop worrying.

I long for the day when I can sleep like a baby again. If that ever happens,  I’ll be the sleep diva!

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