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Sometimes 8 is more than enough

Saturday, September 28, 2013

I have been in the midst of this weird stage of life called menopause for a while now, and it's not the greatest. One of the things that happens is that you don't sleep as well. Or as long. It's taken me a while to figure it out, but I think there comes a time when you don't actually always NEED eight hours of sleep anymore. I know, that's the magic number we're all supposed to aim for. But for a long time I was going to bed at 9:00 and hoping to sleep until 5:00, and then feeling so frustrated when I'd wake up at two or three in the morning, wide awake. Finally I decided that perhaps I just didn't NEED that much sleep, and I should let myself feel OK about getting six hours. I changed my attitude about the shorter amount of time I was actually being able to sleep, and then I found I felt way better about it. Now, if I can't get to sleep until 11:00, and I have to get up at 5:00, I think to myself "You'll be fine, that's still six hours." And I usually AM fine. Every so often (Sunday afternoons, say), I'll need to take a bit of a nap to catch up. Or if, for some reason, I get really poor quality sleep two or three nights in a row, then I'll take a dose of ZQuil to make sure I get a good night's sleep. But for most of the time, my body just doesn't seem to want eight hours at a time anymore. Anyone else come to the same conclusion?
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ELMA1913 9/28/2013 1:12PM

    I usually do fine with 6-7 hours of sleep, occasionally - like this past several nights, I have needed 8 hours. But that is because I was fighting a cold, and by 9 at night I just couldn't keep my eyes open anymore. I have learned to "listen" to my body about sleep - its no fun to wake up in the early morning hours and not be able to go back to sleep. I read that we need six hours min., so I think that if your doing fine with that, I wouldn't be concerned about the extra two hours. And take those Sunday afternoon naps. emoticon

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