I’m 48 female and I have had issues with sleep for 6+ years. I’ve considered that maybe I don’t have the same sleep ability as the majority (if there is one of being able to sleep 6-7 hours at a time. I’m open to exploring if I need help with hormones and have made an appointment with my doctor. Where I would like some coaching is with my thinking when I wake up at 1:00 am and I’m wide awake. I’m usually in bed by 9pm, we have kids who we’ve set their bedtime for 8:30 and I’m exhausted and sleepy at this time so I go to bed. When I wake up (usually around 1 to 2 am, I go to the bathroom and then climb back in bed and try to sleep but my mind is usually racing or I notice I’m hungry or I’m annoyed that I can hear my husband snoring. It does work to get up and eat something but I don’t feel like this is healthy so I try not to do this. Our kitchen/living room is really close to the bedrooms so when I’m awake at this time and everyone is sleeping I have to be quiet.
C: On 10/14/21 I woke up at 1:07 am
T: maybe if I go to the bathroom and I can get back to sleep
F: annoyed and very awake!
A: get up and use the restroom, get back in bed and listen to a podcast, still away at 3:15 decide to get up eat some cereal and hot chocolate and write this question to scholars.
R: This is where I’m not sure, I feel like my result is that I may not get back to sleep until after 4 am, (it’s now 3:50) and my alarm is set for 5:30. I’m going to be tired later today and I work full time and have to get in 8 hours day. This is the typical result for me when I wake up during the night and can’t get back to sleep.
I know I shouldn’t even bring this up because it’s not my reality but if I lived alone, I would get up when I was awake and I would get some of my work completed and then I would take a cat nap (40 minutes) mid-morning or early afternoon when I’m exhausted and don’t have meetings to work around.