[Yawns] Hmm, what was that? No, I wasn’t. I was totally awake.
Do you ever get those months where you just feel exhausted all the time?
So, yes, I was meant to post two days ago about my latest 30-day challenge coming to an end.
The challenge involved really listening to a piece of music a day. I completed it (yay) and it was actually great fun (yay) and I was all ready to write about it.
But, ugh, quite honestly I’ve just felt too tired to bother. I’ve not had a day off work for a while and all I’ve wanted to do when I get home is watch Netflix and crash out. In fact, literally as I was writing the last sentence I paused, tilted my head to the side, closed my eyes and just turned my brain off for a few seconds.
Which brings me neatly onto my next challenge: getting some goddamn sleep.
‘Sleep hygiene’ seems to be quite the hot topic at the moment.
Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington is perhaps its most famous proponent, having passed out from sleep exhaustion at work, hitting her head on her desk and breaking her cheekbone.
Meanwhile, every podcast out there seems to be advertising super-expensive mattresses that make all sorts of promises.
And there’s so much advice out there about the rituals you should go through, as well as the many things to avoid, before hitting the hay. Quite frankly, I’ve not noticed this many nagging voices about what not to do in the bedroom since I came out.
The thing is, I think I do everything right. I don’t take my phone to bed. I always aim for the full eight hours.
I have fancy apps on my iPad and my laptop which turn off the blue light after sunset, so my brain doesn’t get all confused and think I’m sat in a brilliantly sunny piazza in Rome at noon in July.
Yet …. still …. so …. tired.
So this month’s challenge is all about the sleep. I’ll be trying out a few different techniques every few days to see what works and what doesn’t.
I began a few days ago by trying a new rule: bed before 10pm. I didn’t tell my other half and I think I must have seemed like a creepy house robot or something because I would just look at the clock, stop whatever task I was doing, turn around and march myself upstairs.
I like the idea of an early night. It’s like a lie-in, but in reverse. But in reality, it’s been a little disappointing, because just because you’re in bed, it doesn’t mean you can get to sleep.
Yesterday, I spent nine and a half hours in bed. Ridiculous. AND I’M STILL KNACKERED!
Anyone got any sleeping tips I should try out this month?
Feel free to share yo…
Oh, look at the time. 9.59pm. Bye!