Thursday, October 24, 2013
31 days: October 24
Next thing I knew, I was wide awake in the bed and I was feeling really hot. My gut was churning as well and I had to get up. I headed to the bathroom to get some Pepto Bismol tabs and some water. When I went to get back into bed, my tummy was gurgling. I looked at the clock and it was only 11:00pm. There I lay, wide awake and miserable, knowing the alarm was going to go off at 5am to get my work day started. And I could not get to sleep. I finally got back up at 11:35 and took a Benadryl. I knew I was going to regret it, but I needed to get to sleep. I have no clue what time I finally fell back asleep.
The older I get, the more important my sleep routine is to me. I generally try to maintain the same schedule, even on the weekend, though I will sleep in until 7 or so sometimes. If I don't get good sleep, I simply feel off kilter and it really impacts my day. In general, I sleep really well, so nights like this are thankfully the exception and not the rule.
The alarm went off at 5am and I reluctantly shuffled out of my warm bed. I was at work by 7:30am and did not get home until almost 6pm. It was a loooong day. Moments like these make me fully appreciate the value of good, restorative sleep. I am one of those people who truly feel the lack of adequate sleep can very negatively impact my health and life in so many ways. And, I am thankful when sleep comes easily and I awake after my 7 hours really ready to be the best I can be.