Sleep comes to the sleepless
Friday, May 09, 2014
I slept like 14 hours last night. I know i needed it, as I had only been sleeping 4-6 hours per night for the past... really long time. I'm glad I did it. What helped me was an app called "sleep well"... when you put it on and use headphones, it plays frequencies that are supposed to lull your brain into a deep sleep -- and it did! I used it again when I woke up in the middle of the night ... both times I was in a deep sleep within minutes. I've also been taking adaptogenic herbs and herbal teas to help lower stress hormones.
This is the most well-rested I've felt in a long time (but I know I still have a long way to go before I'm back to 100%.. probably going to take several weeks of good sleep for that).
Today I am just cooking and looking at things I can do around the apartment to get ready for a roommate. I need to clean the kitchen, the bathroom, and straighten the living room (it's pretty clean already, just needs a touch-up)... so I'm making it my goal to finish all of that this weekend and then put the ad up on Monday morning.
I'm still going through emotional mood swing-y type things and dealing with memories but everything seems a lot less severe after a good night's sleep and the anxiety is bearable. I'm going to try to keep breathing and meditating to offset that, and reminding myself I'm doing everything I can and there's no need to worry. Things will work out, somehow.
Today I did Tai Chi which was really nice... I felt like it helped me relieve some tension. Then I did the stationary bike for 15 minutes because I wanted to keep up my exercise streak. I used to do it for 30-45 min at a time, but with as fatigued as I am, I think 15 min of cardio is a good place to start, as long as I am consistent (I aim to do it 5-6 days per week, and so far I'm 2 for 2).
So, all in all, a productive and positive day.