If nothing else, reading this post may put you to sleep before you get too far in. You’re welcome. I had to do something to break this writer’s block.
My quality sleep issues began in my late teens or early twenties. Short of prescription drugs I tried a variety of methods to get a good nights sleep, from liquor, or weed (in the early years), or just staying up as late as possible until I fell asleep where I was sitting. My success at sleeping longer than 4 hours straight eluded me much more often than not. I needed more sleep than that.
After retirement I turned to an over the counter med called Melatonin. Once adjusting to the correct dosage I needed, it helped quite a bit and often got me over 6 hours sleep.
I should note that for the past 2 or 3 years or so, I awake in the middle of the night, usually between 2:30 and 3:30am, and stay awake most nights between 60 and 90 minutes. I write this off to being an old person.
I find that sleeping under a significant of number of heavy blankets in a cold room is helpful. The comfortable weight somehow eases me into a session of less interrupted sleep. Unfortunately, this doesn’t play well on hot summer nights.
For a number of years I’ve used digital devices to track and report my sleep behavior. Currently I use an Apple watch. I find out how often I woke up (some unnoticed by me) and for how long, as well as the times spent in the different sleep stages. The watch gives me stats on the overall sleep amount and the individual stages of quality and deep sleep, as well as my heart behavior.
But the war goes on. I was recently managing between 5 and 7 or more hours a night. I’ve slipped back into the mode of 4 to 5 hours often just giving up and rising between 4:30 and 5:00am, beating the sunrise. And with summer almost here, I can only hope it’s not going to be a non-stop scorcher. I need my blankies.