Today I woke up feeling more like myself, most of the cold symptoms have gone and just the cough is lingering.
I was able to sit at my desk and actually do some work, the first time in about a week where I’ve felt my brain at working at it’s usual pace which is a relief as I’m quite behind with some work so will take some longer days the rest of this week and the weekend to catch up.
Although I’m feeling a lot better than I was a few days ago, I’ve come to bed quite early, as I feel ready to start reading my personal development books again and as the evenings are drawing in it’s nice to snuggle down in bed and read.
In the coming days I will sort out the other spare room again so that can be my reading space rather than my bed! Nothing wrong with reading in bed, however, when I’m doing personal development stuff I prefer not to be in bed if I’m honest as my mindset is very different! I’ll will make is snuggly and warm too so I’m not tempted to use my bed!
I’ve also managed to do some cleaning today and get all the dishes done in the kitchen, not a big thing I know but it does get me down sometimes when I walk into the kitchen and there are always jobs to be done.
The other big thing I’ve done today is make a doctor’s appointment, well try to anyway. At my doctor’s surgery since the start of the pandemic they have moved to an online system where you put some of your symptoms into a form on a secure website and then wait for them to call you back for the next steps.
I’m not anti western medicine, however, as a nutritional therapist I do tend to explore holistic options and treatments to find the root cause of what might be going wrong and then look at ways to fix this. However, having spoken to a few friends who also take this root and doing some reading I’ve decided to get another point of view around my sleep issues.
From what my mum has told me I’ve never been a good sleeper (well there’s a fixed mindset problem waiting to happen!!), anyway I digress! And for as long as I can remember I’ve never slept through a whole night without waking up, I probably wake up 3 or 4 times a night. When I say wake up I mean I am conscious that I am awake and think I’m awake, and tell myself to go back to sleep. Sometimes this awake period is seconds long, other times it can take me a good while to get back to sleep. I track my sleep with my Fitbit and although it says I fit into the “normal” range for a female my age, I never feel rested and wake up just as tired as I went to bed.
So I’ve been researching possible solutions other than sleeping tablets and one thing that keeps coming up is melatonin. Melatonin is a chemical we naturally produce and helps us to regulate our circadian rhythm. I’ve actually often recommended it to clients to assist them with recovering from jetlag. Research suggest that having a course of it in high dose may help to reset your body clock to improve sleeping. You can buy melatonin in the UK but it’s not regulated, much of what I have found is quite low dose & could be anything the manufacturer wants it to be so the only option really is to on prescription, hence the need to see the doctor.
If I can crack my constant tiredness then I’ll feel I can achieve more and attempt to deal with some of my brain/mind blocks rather than be consumed with the need for rest.