I’ve not been around for a while – not that I’ve been sleeping particularly well but I’ve been in a state of dismay (minor depression) having to live with family for 6 months because our new build flat was delayed! The nights when I haven’t slept, I’ve been sitting on a cold leather sofa, whiling the hours away while my husband snored away merrily in our room upstairs. My angst hasn’t been conducive to writing insightful and interesting blogs hence my lack of verbiage. Having moved out of our house for what we thought was going to be just a couple of months last August, in the September my brother died unexpectedly. Most of what I felt at that time is difficult to put into words. We finally moved into our new home on February 24th, when we’d originally been advised completion would be the previous August! I’ve digressed.
I have been taking Sominex with mixed results. I’ve found that it was helpful in giving me a good night’s sleep when I first started using it but, as time went by, my system obviously got used to it and was less efficacious. When I felt I needed a good night’s sleep I had no option but to take a Zopiclone which, at least, meant I would sleep for 7 or more hours.
Now that we’ve moved into our new flat, whilst I’m feeling much happier about being in our own home and our own beds, I’ve still found myself sleeping for an hour then waking and being awake for the next 2 or 3 hours! My circadian rhythm must be in medieval mode since I’ve read that it was common for people to get up in the early hours and consume a first breakfast, go to bed then get up hours later to consume their 2nd breakfast (presumably the time when a modern day breakfast would be anticipated).
It was quite interesting, therefore, to read the Times’ article Yes, Your Sleep Schedule Is Making You Sick. I don’t consider that I have a mental illness however, you could argue that what I have experienced over the past 6 months, and the stress I have gone through, probably does signify a degree of mental instability. I felt I had lost control of my life through no fault of my own. It’s a part of my life that I’m glad is over and I’m keen not to dwell on the negativity that it caused me and move on to the happy situation that we are now in. It concerns me that I’m still experiencing poor sleep patterns now that we’re feeling settled. Is it my age? Is it my time of life? Margaret Thatcher famously only slept 2 or 3 hours a night in spite of her demanding role as Prime Minister. I know that there have been times in my life when I’ve not felt that I was getting job satisfaction or just wasn’t as active, mentally and physically, which contributed to my poor sleep. Time alone will tell if my sleep pattern will continue as it has been for the last few years.