One of my greatest talents has always been the ability to sleep. Any time, any place, I could sleep. From high school on, I have taken naps, almost every day. And Sunday naps are a major ritual-just ask my kids!
I am sad to announce that this great talent is declining as my age is rising. I can't sleep. And it is driving me bonkers. I woke up this morning at 3:00 wide awake and never went back to sleep before I had to go to work at 6:30. I came home at 1:00 completely exhausted and have not been able to really fall asleep for a nap. Lately when I go to sleep, it is not uncommon for me to toss and turn and have major trouble falling asleep for a couple of hours. The week I work this problem plays havoc on how I feel and my mental alertness. I feel like I've got jet lag half the time. My work week is the worst because I start playing games with myself like, "you've got to get to sleep, you only have 5 more hours of sleep, etc" And then I start thinking of kids, grandkids, work, and trips and it goes round and round. I'm going insane! Ambien helps but I will only let myself use that once or twice a week. My new plan is to have an I don't care attitude about sleep. If I can't sleep, I'll get up and read or watch a movie until I can. I'm going to quit obssessing about it. (Well right after I finish this blog). But if you have great ideas about sleeping better , pass them on. I miss my talent.
P.S. My back is almost back to normal and I'm not sure what did the trick.