Fatigue. Seems that with all of the comfy mattresses, fluffy or supportive pillows, meds, herbs, teas, timers, and onesies available, you’d think that we’d be the most well-rested people on the planet.
When was the last time you asked someone how they were doing and they told you something like, “I’m so well-rested these days! I’ve been getting the best quality sleep lately. I’m so full of energy I should have my own info-mercial!”
Yea, me, either.
So what gives? Why does it seem that everyone (and by everyone I mean me) is so flipping exhausted? Lately I’ve been getting about 5-6 hours of sleep per night, but not all in a row. It usually takes me 6-7 hours to get 5-6 hours of sleep, and lately I’ve been trying to squeeze them into 5-6 hours. It hasn’t been working. I’ll wake up fine, and am usually spry for the first 5 hours awake. After that, though, it is as if someone has pusheed me off of a sleepy-cliff. I could sleep standing up!
A few months ago I was given an office mate at work. Prior to that I’d had the space to myself for about a year. During that year, when I was tired, I’d take a nap on my floor. Yep. I’m allowed 30 minutes for lunch every day, and some days I’d spend 20 of those minutes zonked out on a blanket or a yoga mat. I’d awake feeling refreshed and ready to take on the rest of the day!
I’ve read that we don’t enter REM until after 90 minutes of sleep (which, yes, varies), and if your nap is less than that, you’ll wake without the grogginess that you would have if your sleep was interruped DURING REM. So…bonus. Maybe that’s why I’m always wide awake when I awake; I never reach REM. Hmmmm….something to think about…
Sun coming through the window onto the living room floor is like kryptonite for me. The dog, cats, and I can often be found curled up together mid afternoon on a Sunday….
Do you nap? Do you WISH you could? Are you able to catch 40 winks at the drop of a hat, pretty much no matter where you are?