In this heat, both Hubby and I are finding it difficult to sleep at night, even with the overhead fan on.
If I am lucky enough that the pillows, duvet, and me are comfortable as soon as I turn out the light, then I’m in with a chance of a quick ‘drop off’, but at the moment, that’s a definite No.
When Hubby was in hospital in February, it was the first time I had been completely alone in the house as I usually had Maggie to snuggle into. I couldn’t sleep and found myself playing computer games until almost 4am. I was up at 7.30.
There are times when I have to turn on the light to read or do a couple of Suduku puzzles to get my mind working in a different direction, especially if I have a song ear worming in my head that I can’t get rid of. Sometimes I jot down ideas for posts or poetry and keep a pad and pencil in the bedside drawer just in case. Only on a couple of occasions have I had to actually get up and get myself a drink, or settle in the lounge with my computer so as not to disturb Hubby. Pain keeps him awake and sometimes he has no choice but to get up and move about. Not that long ago he ended up having a long walk round the park and along the prom in the early hours. I’m a light sleeper, so know when he’s not there.
Years ago we had a small TV in the bedroom and I would always fall asleep watching something. In later years, we got rid of that and relied on listening to a CD. Maggie was a pup and brought up on a particular classical instrumental which had her in z-land by the third track. When she was anxious or there was thunder about, we’d put it on and she’d relax sufficiently to settle.
I cannot sleep if I’m hot whatever the season, and my post cancer meds give me hot flushes, so the norm for me is to have my feet and torso out of the covers, and just my backside and thighs underneath. Hubby is the other way and feels the cold. In the winter, it works pretty well as I’m a hot water bottle that never cools down.