Bixa, they were asking for weight in stone, which is a UK thing. One stone is 14 lbs so if I weighed 10 lbs I would be a svelte 140 (chance would be a fine thing!). So weight is X stone Y lbs.
I scored 81%. I think I tripped over the caffeine hurdle. However, since I normally only have coffee in the morning, I think the survey is a little skewed there.
My sleep patterns have changed a great deal over time. Until I was in my mid/late 30s, I thought insomnia was when it took more than 60 seconds to fall asleep. Then I had years of problems falling asleep but once asleep a brass band could have marched through my bedroom without me being aware of it. Now I fall asleep easily enough but wake up several times during the night. I don't stay awake, I simply wake, turn over and get back to sleep quickly. But I find that I don't feel as rested because of my several awakenings.
Going back to what Rikita said about the young children still up and about late into the evening. That would be a big no-no in our family. Not only because the children need at least 10-12 hrs sleep for cell growth, but because a strict routine gives the parents time to relax after a hard days parenting as well! I'm all for no rough exiting play prior to bedtime, and definitely a good half hour of chat lying in bed, about the days happenings with a bedtime story in conclusion. I found with mine, repetitiveness is what they liked. Even the same 'ol story night after night made them happy.
A friend of mine who had sleep problems and teeth grinding was put on a 10 night course of over-the-counter sleep enhancers by her doctor so that she could get back into a sleep pattern. I forgot to ever ask her if they worked.
i think my issues were that i sometimes wake up at night - which is mainly happening since i am here, i suppose due to unfamiliar surroundings, though i always go right back to sleep - and that i have the computer and all in the bedroom, and don't keep fit regularly (but there was no option for doing that every now and then) and that i could imagine falling asleep at various situations... well i do fall asleep sometimes when i study vocabulary after school - and back when i had my exams and went to the library after work, i always fell asleep there...
I usually sleep really well. But not so much in unfamiliar surroundings. I've found that the pillow I use makes a lot of difference and a good mattress. Having a nice warm bath before bed always relaxes me, as does a good book. But to be honest, I sleep the best when I have the company of my bf.
tired today - wednesday and friday we do yoga with the kids before class so i had to get up earlier... though this is an hour later than the kids get up, and we went to bed about an hour later than them. so this is the amount of sleep they get every night...
well my parents weren't the "kids to bed at six p.m." type as some parents in germany are, but we definitely had to go to bed well before them, on the one hand because they also said we needed the sleep but also for the reason you said, tod, that they wanted some of the evening to themselves...
I am in a new phase of waking up super early. This seems to combine with a result of going to bed earlier in the evening. Vicious circle -- I hope to get out of it this weekend because frankly, there isn't much to do at home at 5:00 a.m.
Waking at that hour must be like waking up in the middle of the night This is pure guessing now but I would imagine its pitch dark, freezing cold outside and not much on TV at that hour. No good for an early morning stroll around the block either. You certainly dont need a 'walking machine' or excercise bike in your apartment as you do so much walking already. Let me see now.....you are 2 hours behind us so that means you are bright-eyed and bushytailed at 7am here. I only wake up because my husband has to get up by 6am and so there is no sleeping beyond that time. At least I get a tray of tea brought to my bedside table! We then launch into animal feeding. First bananas & apples for the birdfeeder, then seed and bread for the ground pecking birds, worms for the Drongos and Ibis's, and lastly chicken hearts for Woolly the Stork and some chicken pieces for the Kites. Whoa! who's jumping all over me biting my head?! Sebastian wants some fish....... I'm so exhausted I sink back onto my pillows and wonder who will be online at AnyPort when I switch on my computer ;D
had to get up early (for my standards) lately... maybe i get into a socially more acceptable rhythm with time. then again, i am expected to teach the parents of the family after dinner - which means, starting at about nine thirty or ten...
I have always been a good sleeper, passing out within a couple minutes of hitting the pillow and sleeping till wake-up time, with or without an alarm. Until recently, when I have begun waking up most nights around midnight, and again around 4 a.m. (A side effect of menopause? Fortunately I'm not waking drenched in sweat, as happens to many women of a certain age.)
My natural proclivity is to be a night owl, though Mr. Kimby - with his need for 7 or more hours before getting up at 6 a.m. to go to work - long ago put me on a more normal schedule. We are in bed before 11 every night. When he is on call and gone overnight, I revert to my night owl tendencies, getting a "2nd wind" around midnight and playing on the computer till all hours, sometimes even pulling an "all nighter". Whereas that USED to cause me all sorts of problems the next day, especially in college when an all-nighter preceded important exams or papers being turned in, now I often sail through the next day on very little sleep without any obvious repercussions.
I did have one troubling bout of insomnia of several months duration. This followed our trip to Laos and Cambodia, during which I got quite ill (food poisoning?) and then we flew to Florida less than two weeks after returning from Asia, for 2 very busy weeks of getting the house ready for renters. Don't know what caused it, but I would lie awake for hours with an overactive mind I could not quiet. Tried everything: sleep aids, warm milk, etc. The insomnia finally went away, all by itself, with no explanation. Hope that never happens again.
skyped with my mom yesterday. it was about 4 p.m. in germany. my brother was still in bed. whenever he doesn't have to go to work or school (he is in his practical year of his education now, but seems like most of his work practice he does for a friends' company, which means he rarely needs to go there but does his "work" at home on his computer...) he tends to stay up all night and sleep all day... but well, i had phases like that too...
Can you bake a cherry pie, Kerouac2, Kerouac2? Can you bake a cherry pie, charming K2?
I usually sleep through the night unless I have to get up to pee, which I can do without waking all the way up. But last night at some wee hour, I was suddenly awake, thinking "hey -- I'm awake and I don't want to be!" I managed to go back to sleep some minutes later.
I usually sleep through the night unless I have to get up to pee, which I can do without waking all the way up. But last night at some wee hour, I was suddenly awake, thinking "hey -- I'm awake and I don't want to be!"
I think I just realized why they call them the "wee hours", bixa!
I find that it's very important to avoid lights when you want to get up to pee without waking up fully. Any light striking your retina is said to have a deleterious effect on your ability to get back to sleep.
If you can wrap red cellophane around your "torch", it won't impact your night vision (a trick we naturalists use on night hikes, as animals are not disturbed by red light either). Perhaps you can put a red light bulb in the fixture that lights your path to the toilet?
but then the cockroaches won't flee from the light either, will they?
however, i am living in someone elses house, so i can't do that anyway. will consider it when back home... there are no cockroaches at home either... (at least one good point about having to return home so soon)
Rikita, just wondering -- has being in India changed your body's schedule at all, apart from the constraints of the local job? I mean do you go to bed or wake up earlier or later than before due to the climate and general atmosphere?