Do you have trouble falling asleep on Sunday evenings?
It seems that every Sunday evening, I have issues falling asleep. I used to have trouble falling asleep every single night in law school----everything had to be juuuuust perfect. I had to have a good temperature, a good amount of covers, certain outfits, and a husband who magically did not breathe next to me.
Now, I have a routine where I go to bed by myself and read for a while. When I am tired, I turn out the light and fall asleep without much of a problem. Reading has always been in my bedtime routine---I can barely fall asleep without reading. If I am without a book, I will read a brochure, a Bible in a hotel nightstand...anything.
Lately, though, Sundays have been bad. I do not do anything before bed, so I don't think it is a matter of too much activity before sleepy time. I do not feel that I am that anxious about work...compared to most attorney jobs, I feel like I have pretty low-stress at work (or at least am able to leave it there), although anxiety may be a part of it.
This past Sunday evening, I only got four hours of sleep. This was just horrible. The longer I stayed awake, the more I thought of how many hours of sleep I was missing. I am a huge believer in the 8-hour sleep, so this makes me nervous. I tried everything: I put my head at the foot of our bed, I slept on the sofa, I folded laundry, I put my head back in the correct spot on the bed, I turned on our fan, I took off covers, I tried stretching. Finally, I asked David to sleep on the couch and I fell asleep. I felt horrible, but I could think of nothing else. Luckily, I have a very understanding husband who also happens to be a third child and can sleep anywhere in the world without interruption.
I have a few ideas for falling asleep better next Sunday:
- Try to attend yoga. I have slept better since I began going to yoga, and I truly think this helps. I had not attended yoga for almost five days this past Sunday, and I think that it contributed to the sleep deprivation.
- Clean my house. I hate starting a week with a messy house.
- Finish my projects. I want to try not to have anything over my head, project-wise. This mostly involves bill paying and going through the mail.
- Go for a walk before bedtime.