Lately I’ve not been sleeping well at all. I have always been a good sleeper, but struggle to get back into a good sleep pattern even after one night of broken sleep, I also struggle to get back to sleep if I’m awoken early in the morning or late at night. So, when you have a flatmate that works shift work as a nurse, and can rotate between leaving for work at 11pm, arriving home at 11:30, arriving home at 6 am or leaving home at 5:30 am and you have a bedroom that the flatmate has to walk through to get to the kitchen (a serious design flaw!), well that is a recipe for disaster. Add to that late night telephone calls, my dry skin which is a big problem at night aka constant itching, my natural propensity for waking up at the same time no matter what time I go to bed or how little sleep I get and well I’m just absolutely exhausted 24/7.
I’ve tried all the top suggestions sleep experts recommend like no media an hour before bed, since I don’t have a tv and the cd player and radio is in another room, this isn’t a problem. I’m not eating wheat and drinking plenty of water, I get outside every single day for sunshine (when there is any!) and eat healthily. I am not stressed and really relax my mind as much as possible before bed. But the problem really isn’t me, it is the noise!
I share this for two reasons, firstly some of you might have some good suggestions, but secondly I think it is just a brilliant reminder that only so much is within our control. Life is not perfect, while I am exceptionally blessed (I have a roof over my head and food in my belly) and make a large effort to live a relaxed and as stress free an existence as possible, there still are, and will always be, things that are not easy and are not joyful. I could feel myself today getting more and more rattled when I finally got to bed at 1:30 am to be awoken again at 6:30 am. Five hours sleep for many nights in a row, is not conducive to a rested and happy frugal trenches!
So I will keep putting one foot in front of the other and try to focus on the good despite exhaustion and hope and pray for one good night’s sleep soon! Life isn’t perfect and that really is OK!