Sleep Experiment Day One – Results and Discoveries
Posted Jul 30 2012 9:21am
I actually got 8 hours of sleep last night. Pretty amazing. It’s only day one, but something went right last night.
I woke up this morning feeling excellent, and I still feel great, despite an onslaught of emails from some pretty stressed individuals, some of whom seem bound and determined to get me as stressed as they are — and who don’t seem to feel comfortable unless everyone around them is in a state of upheaval and crisis. More on them later… That’s what I get for checking my email first thing – damn’ smartphone… Oh, well – that’s what it’s for. At least I won’t be surprised by things when I get to the office.
Here’s what apparently worked yesterday evening:
Last night, I started to bed around 10:00. I intended to go right to bed, and I had taken some coffea cruda homeopathic stuff around 9:45, in hopes that it would help me relax. It didn’t seem to make much of a difference at all – if anything, I felt a little more jazzed. I eventually got in bed by 10:15, but then I was in a lot of pain — I lay there for a while, just breathing steadily, trying to relax and get my mind off it.
No dice. So, I got up and took some Advil — and the melatonin I decided to try a few days ago. My doctor told me to take 3mg or 6mg — no more than 6, so I took 6, and went back to bed.
Still having trouble getting to sleep, I got my “Legends of the Samurai” book, which is a big-ass collection of a couple hundred short stories about Samurais, and I read them. It was just about right — fun tales about adventures and mis-haps, none of them more than a few pages long. And it was great to read the tales of success and failure, and how celebrated warriors handled defeat. Something about that really comforts me.
I eventually did fall asleep – the melatonin really seemed to help.
And I slept through till almost 7 a.m. If I got to sleep before 11:00, and I woke up a little before 7:00, that means I got eight hours of sleep. Pretty amazing. I think the combination of getting to bed promptly and taking the melatonin actually helped. It seems to affect my digestion a bit, but I really don’t care.