I’ve never been able to talk about my sleep patterns with much confidence. What are my ideal hours? Do afternoons naps help me? (Mostly no, but sometimes they help like crazy). Should I stretch before bed? Will hot milk really help me with a bout of insomnia? Truth be told, I’ve never been able to have any consistent results and therefore my answers keep changing.
My graduate school years witnessed months of a very stubborn insomnia that was probably provoked by school related anxiety. Alcohol and excess amounts of coffee only made things worse. I used good quality chamomile tea at that time of my life and found it to be mildly soothing. Years later, my biggest enemy to sleep is my phone. No matter how much I read about the terrible effects of staring at your phone into the wee hours of the morning, I just can’t get myself to let go of the phone. I am addicted to looking at social media until I start feeling groggy. I almost never wake up refreshed on the nights I have been excessively staring at my phone for hours.
Over the last year I have had life phases interfere with sleep in different ways : college drinking, graduate school coffee binging, career anxiety, and finally to being a dog mom to two pooches while being a full time entrepreneur. All of these life circumstances have effected the way I sleep in different ways. Recently I sat down and really took stock of my body and my sensitivities.