I met up with a friend at the weekend who told me that she can drop off to sleep just like. She snapped her fingers to prove her point. irritating! At which point, the envy I felt was equivalent to a middle aged man going through the midlife crisis who is standing at a bus stop and spies the sports car of his dreams whizz by.
I can count on one hand the amount of nights I have had of unbroken sleep in the last two months. Same story before that. My normal consists of waking up about 2 to 3 times a night, lying in bed wide awake for 30 minutes before going back to sleep on a repeat and rinse. I wake up groggy and have to turn on breakfast TV for the noise and chatter to wake my senses up.
If this is the rainbow at the end of the promised road of midlife then the universe can keep it.
A good night’s sleep seems to be the holy grail for midlifers. Solutions lie in yoga before bed, herbal sleeping tablets, mouth sprays, pillow sprays and a large glass of whisky. Take your pick or add to the mix.
What scares me is the fact that bad sleep leads to, according to this article, heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, diabetes and depression. Eeks.
So what can we do about the problem? According to this video, getting a good night’s sleep involves far more than just pulling the covers up and crossing your fingers. It’s a video worth watching.
The amount of sleep a person needs can vary with age, but most adults still require 7-9 hours of sleep per night. It’s important to ensure that you are getting enough sleep, regardless of your age.
In general, the key is to find a sleep schedule that aligns with your individual needs and supports your overall well-being. For example, can you go to bed and get up later in the morning if that works better? All the very best with finding the right solution to getting quality sleep.