Since my last day of work at the museum, my sleep has changed. I pretty much always got in 8 hours and I thought it had been the perfect amount of sleep for me. However, I have been waking up naturally after 9 hours for the past few months. I started to wonder if I had been getting enough sleep before.
I am not someone who has trouble sleeping. I enjoy sleeping and only occasionally, usually due to traumatic experiences, have issues with falling asleep or staying asleep. My partner on the other hand has serious insomnia issues and can be stubborn about following the routine his doctor recommended to help him fall asleep and stay asleep. I know I am lucky and that many people suffer from sleeping disorders. I just have been reminded lately that sleep is important.
With the changes coming up we will be able to get a new mattress too, which could help us both since our current bed is 8 years old and has an obvious dent in the middle. It makes sleeping on our backs quite uncomfortable. I know quality sleep has amazing benefits, including healing. Anything I can do to improve my hormones is important to me.
Even with an older mattress, however, I feel more well rested than before. I did not think one additional hour of sleep a night would help this much. I know I am not “catching up” on sleep I previously lost. There are studies that show you can not play the catch up game with your sleep. Regardless, I am grateful I am sleeping better and it is something I can do to easily take care of myself. It does not cost a dime either! 😉