I’ve been using a Fit-bit since February 2016 and realised how useful its’ sleep tracking could be when I started using it, more our of curiosity, in March.
Now, as is patently obvious if you’re reading this blog, I already knew my sleep pattern was less than perfect. I suspect my sleep deficit goes back more years than I can remember!
It became apparent that my best sleep was when I’d taken a sleeping tablet or when I was cream crackered! After I broke my wrist at the end of February, I was using codeine phosphate or solpadol morning and night. I put getting some good nights’ sleep down to the codeine phosphate but then, given the anguish and agony I’d been experiencing and double strength Ibruprofen or paracetamol administered to get me though each day, possibly also a combination of medications and exhaustion!
Going back to the fit-bit and its’ sleep tracking – I can’t say just how accurate this might be but I’ve been pretty impressed. Firstly, it doesn’t have a heart rate monitor so it’s going just by the movements of my arm throughout the night. Looking back over the records, my sleep pattern is anything from a couple of hours to the rare 8 hours, typically with 2 periods of wakefulness – something like 14 times restless and approx a half hour of being awake/restless.
My typical sleep pattern is an hour’s sleep, a period of 3 or more hours’ wakefulness and then a return to bed with a final 3 or so hours’ disturbed sleep. My sleep pattern is made more complicated because my husband who, in some respects sleeps soundly, isn’t aware that he slaps his thigh or chest and talks (sometimes long conversations or even arguments with someone) in his sleep . So there are occasions when I’ve returned to bed to sleep only to find that his ‘animated sleep’ (he also turns around and sleeps the wrong way round on the bed, too!) keeps me awake at a time when I’m desperately tired! To add insult to injury, the thigh-slapping – which is quite loud – doesn’t wake HIM because HE’s hard of hearing! Invariably I retaliate by thwacking HIM on the thigh which wakes him momentarily and he’ll ask me why I hit him?!
Friday night, having endured a night previously where I slept poorly due to all of the above, he offered to sleep on the settee so that I could get a good night’s sle
The result was that, although I had difficulty getting to sleep (which as I’ve mentioned, is not uncommon for me) I slept from 3.15am to 9.38 am, 0 times awake, 2 times restless and 4 minutes awake/restless!
This might not sound momentous but just compare the sleep patterns in the screenshot from my Fitbit sleep chart and compare the quality of sleep on Friday to those of the previous 4 days (bottom upwards).
Friday’s reading was exceptional in having such a long period of uninterrupted sleep! I have no doubt that the quality of sleep was much better compared to nights where it would appear that I slept for longer but experienced disturbed sleep.
There is no quick fix for me in this regard. Sleeping downstairs on the settee is certainly not the way forward for either of us.
However there may be a light at the end of the tunnel! We’ve sold our house and are purchasing a ‘new build’ two bedroom apartment. This will give me a 2nd bedroom for which I’ve already chosen a trundle bed that will satisfy my need to sleep in peace and quiet and also be for when visitors (make that ‘the granddaughters’!) come to stay!.
The fly in the ointment is that the development was meant to be ready in August but has been put back to October (we’re quietly hoping that October is the worst case scenario and that we can move in some weeks prior). However, there appears to be nothing we can do in this regard and the developer could, we have been told, very well put back our moving in to November, or even December!
I’ve never worked in the construction industry but I have worked on projects where timescales are all important and I have to say that, if I worked on a project that was so far behind, there would be a lot of noise being made, questions asked, jobs on the line and/or getting more staff in to speed up completion.
We’ve been advised that, because it’s a new build, the developer can effectively take as long as it needs and that the “it will be ready to move in to in August” was a guesstimate; and that there’s no regulation on keeping to the “promise for the completion date” and no regulatory board to complain to who might actually ‘kick ass’. The developer has had a meeting with the building contractor to ask questions, I was told, but we’re about to exchange contracts, i.e., purchase aka own, a property that we won’t be able to live in for however long it takes!
Moving home, one of the most stressful times in your life – what an understatement!