Last week was significantly milder and I had a trip into town for a haircut. I wore the last of the six samples I bought recently. These were not the most successful of purchases. I wrote about three of the six: Guerlain Tobacco Honey was less successful than I hoped, and last week I focused on a couple of weird things. The penultimate two were so bad on me we’re not even going there. But finally, a success. The sample I wore to the haircut was glorious. To the extent I will write about it next week, once I have had a chance to spend even more time with it. So, all was not lost.
So, rather than smell today we are talking sleep. This is a problematic area for me – and almost always has been. The quality of that has changed over time but I am curious to hear about the experiences of other people.
The only times in my life I have been a solid sleeper were when I was doing a lot, and I do mean a lot, of physical activity. An example is hiking trips during my teenage years. Only time I can recall head hitting pillow and lights out for six to eight hours.
In addition, earlier in my life I experienced around three awful recurring nightmares – the kind of thing where you wake and stay awake for a bit so you don’t re-enter the horror show.
I’ve always been impressed with people who are good sleepers.
Anyway, at this point in my existence, on a decent night I fall asleep and then wake after four or five hours. In general, I go back to sleep for shorter stretches till I finally just get up at what I consider a reasonable hour.
Sometimes the dog wakes me in the middle of the night – because he loses a favourite toy out of his bed or off the couch and needs to retrieve it – loudly – or because someone inappropriate to his mind is visiting his garden. He’s not a barker, but when this happens he will to let me know he needs to go out to patrol and protect the pack.
I’ve tried various things to fall asleep more quickly: counting backwards from 100, doing (what my yoga teacher calls) box breathing (four in, hold four, four out, hold four – repeat), using lavender oil or sleep mist.
So, what I’m getting at here is: are you a good sleeper or do you have more trouble?
If you’re in category 1, what does it feel like? If you’re in category 2, what do you do to address this?