My goal is to try to get at least 6 hours of sleep. I do believe anything less and I am basically going to be six feet under sooner than I want.
I have my ritual of putting on my pajamas, which consists of a tank and my husbands boxers. I can't sleep in all that frilly, lacy, silky, glamorous stuff. It itches, or I get too hot, or yes, I will admit that all night I will be thinking that I am teed up for sex. Then I will never get to sleep. Therefore I settle for my not so fancy jammie's, wash my face, get a nice cup of hot tea and I try to wind down. It gets harder and harder as I get closer to 50. I'm finding there is a reason for no sleep at midlife and my primrose pills aren't helping anymore. Actually there are three reasons according to the menopause expert: Age, Change in Hormone Levels, and Stress. So there in lies the reason(s) why I can't sleep anymore and why my energy levels and moods tend to be erratic. Mister Sandman won't bring me a dream dammit!
I know sleep is important and usually when I am not shoving my face with junk I tend to sleep better. It's the less than six hours of uninterrupted sleep that brings on the vicious cycle of craving carbs and wanting to eat crap because I am too tired to cook anything healthy. Then the bad food makes me more tired but in a restless way... and then I start all over again, until I realize I need to disconnect the feeding tube from my ass. Another bad vice wine, wine is not the answer, I tried that. It helps me fall asleep but I can't sleep straight through the night. I wake up in the middle of the night at about 1:13am. You must know what I am talking about don't you? It's a tough battle at midlife but we have to stay diligent and make ourselves follow good sleep hygiene. Eat clean, wake up and go to bed around the same time every day. Don't exercise, drink alcohol or eat anywhere close to bed time. And pray! Pray, pray, pray, for sweet dreams.
Keep looking forward so you don't miss what God puts in front of ya!
Matuschka's Midlife... Telling it like it is...