My personal belief is that getting the right amount of sleep is the foundation of good physical and emotional health. It is the thing that I struggle with the most. Everything for me, it seems, manifests itself in sleep disturbances. I will say that I am much, much, better than I have been in years - but I am still far from good. And while I have an Rx for the leading prescribed sleep-inducer, A*****, I do not like to take it.
So I am performing yet another experiment on me. My symptoms are well-documented here, with the main culprit being night sweats that wake me up. Last week I read somewhere that one of the outcomes of a higher-protein diet is shorter sleep cycle and a tendency to have night sweats. Bingo! While I've talked to my doctor about it, he seems to tie to it perimenopause and just takes a look at my hormone levels -which in the past have remained in the normal range. I've tried eating an apple at bedtime, which wasn't much help. I think the GI was too high. Last night I tried something different - 150 calories of steel cut oats at bedtime. I woke up for the first time at about 4am, looked at the clock and went right back to sleep within a few minutes. I woke up naturally at 6:30 feeling refreshed.
So for the time being, I'm following the night time ritual that I'd wiki'd up a week or so ago. I'm using deep breathing, cooler ambient temperature in the bedroom, aromatherapy, plus I'm now going to add a small meal of something with a "slow burn" at bedtime. It flies in the face of conventional wisdom, but if it works, I'll take it.
Saturday's ride was 40.3 miles. Upon my return, I need to go in for a professional fitting. My neck and shoulders were killing me on Saturday. I had to stop twice on the way home just to stretch. There must be something about my position on the bike for long periods of time that is causing this. According to my reading, my handlebars are probably too low and I know that I am locking my arms. Whatever it is, it was darned painful.
I am planning a ride this evening, if it doesn't rain. I'll have to hit the gym if it does, as I am planning on taking my sister to lunch today.
Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Sleep.