My War With Sleep

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you may have seen the odd post where I talk- okay Rant- about my troubles getting asleep, and then staying asleep. Now though, I think I’ve found something that’s working. I’m going to bed later than I was, and I’m dropping off easier and not waking up as much during the night.

When I decided to give this a try I was worried that I’d be (even more) grumpy in the morning, but surprisinly I wasn’t 🙂

Not As Productive As I’d Planned

My aim of having a productive day yesterday was quickly scuppered. Firstly I had to go and assist in fixing a gate, then some family showed up and then the football kicked off.
After the football finished I dived into a couple of sprints with a fellow writer on my local NaNo Facebook group. Those sprints took me up to almost 2000 words for the day in about two hours. At that point it felt like I was loosing my rhythm and what I was writing was feeling rather strained. I have all but beaten this damned head cold but it’s still there a little and I could feel a headache growing so I called it a night for the writing.

I didn’t get as much done as I had wanted. At the start of the day I’d wanted to get some writing done but I also wanted to get some brainstorming done and write up some notes I have both on my phone and a notebook. That didn’t get done. I also wanted to write a couple of blog posts, which I was going to do as I was watching series five of Futurama, again this did not happen. I used to be able to multi-task a lot better than I am at the moment, I can only guess that its fatigue that is hindering me. I’ve been feeling extremely tired of late and I didn’t sleep to well Saturday night either. So last night I spent most of the evening watching Futurama and when that finished I made sure I took just a little time to read before I went to bed. I did sleep a little better last night, but it took a bit of doing. I have a love/hate relationship with sleep and at the moment its definitely in the hate camp.

What’s going on this week? Well, I’m aiming to get a little consistency with writing. Since Christmas I haven’t written more than two days on the spin and that isn’t anywhere near good enough. I’m about on target with my WIP (1000 words a day) but I’m off target with that minimum for this year. I’m ahead simply because I managed to get ahead in December.

That’s my plan for the week, let’s see how it goes.

Have a great day and week everyone 🙂

Writing While Tired

For reasons I may talk about in another post someday, although I think I’ve talked about them here before, this time of year is not one where I sleep well. As a general rule I don’t sleep well and this time of the year is worse but words still need to be written. I didn’t write yesterday but I’ve written 1405 words in an hour this evening. Okay, those words are pretty bad but I still got them down and when it comes to the edit I can fix it then.

I think it was important that I did write tonight. I am getting more and more convinced there is a connection between my writing output and my mood. When I’m writing I’m happier, much happier. Life seems to make a lot more sense when I am writing than when I’m not, and even though I don’t feel great at the moment that’s because I’m tired. WE had a really good day yesterday and although today didn’t go quite to plan it’s not been a bad day. A lot of resting was done, which I think myself and my parents needed.

Tomorrow I’m back to work, and a little bit of normality until New Years Eve. We’re planning to demolish a shed on Sunday and put up the new henhouse. That I’m quite looking forward too as it’s something I’ve not really done before and it’ll be a lot of fun working with my Dad. I’ll still have plenty of time to get in my 1000 words a day minimum over the next couple of days and once the New Year is here then the real work will begin. I’m on course to hit my 30,000 words by the end of the month so coming into 2015 on target will be a great start to the year.

Right, I’ve rambled enough for one night. I’m fairly sure I’ve not made a lot of sense, but made lots of typos. I hope you’ve all had a great Christmas 🙂

Erratic Sleeping Pattens

I would not say that I’m an insomniac but I do have a few issues with sleep. Normally it’s a case that I just struggle to drop off when I get my head down. Some nights I’ll lay for what seems like hours before sleeping, and that is normally something I’m okay with. I’ve lived with it for so long I’m use to it. Waking up 3, 4, 5 times a night is something that I am not as used to and it’s what I’m getting at the moment, and it takes it out of me a lot.
This is a time thing though. I’ve been here before and I’m sure that either in a couple of days, a week or two at the most then I’ll be back to normal. Until then I’ll muddle through and adjust as I need to.

A little trick that I have learnt about falling asleep is that I need to relax my mind a little before I try to sleep. Normally a movie or a chapter or two of a book does the trick.

😊

Good Morning

It’s Tuesday, no it’s actually Wednesday isn’t it….. You can see how this post is going to go just from that really.

It’s been a few days since I’ve rambled along on here so I thought I’d better sling out a post. Writing wise I’ll admit I haven’t done much aside from making a few notes for Earth, After Liberation and yesterday I realised theres a potentially a huge plot hole in Project Apollo, that felt like I’d been hit by a tank. On a plus side I had thoughts from one of my fabulous Beta readers on a story I’m planning to release next year, that’s what I’ll be looking at over the next few days. I’m not sending it out to anyone else so I’m going to look over all of the notes I have and see what’s what. I haven’t read all of the notes for it that I got last night, simply because it came through near my bed time, but like a little kid waiting for Christmas I’m itching to read through and see what notes there are.

During NaNoWriMo I really lost my rhythm with reading, it didn’t help either that the book I had started reading I just couldn’t get into. Now I’m reading Shadows Of The Realm by Dionne Lister, and so far I’m enjoying it but I’m out of the habit of reading do my progress is not all that. During the next few days I’m going to try and get into the rhythm that I had a couple of months ago.
That ties into trying to sleep better, I’ve found that reading before I go to sleep often relaxes me and I’m one of those people that has really bizarre sleeping habits. I’ve never been one to just drop off as soon as I shut my eyes, I often lay in bed trying to sleep before I drift off but reading before bed seems to help me drop off a little quicker.

Right that’s enough electronic mumbling for one morning and I need to start thinking about work. Have a productive day everyone 🙂

Sleep

Something that I struggle with from time to time is sleeping. This normally takes two forms 1) either not being able to sleep or 2) waking up during the night, multiple times. If I’m under a lot of stress then sleeping well goes out of the window but also when I’m over tired or trying to figure out a difficult plot problem.

One thing I have learnt not to do is to try and force sleep. I used to lay in bed for hours just trying to drop off but now I’ll avoid going to bed early because even if I do drop off I’ll wake up feeling more tired. Now I’ll either watch a movie (like tonight) or get stuck into a book. So far this has helped quite well.

Waking up in the night can either result in me dropping off to sleep quickly or lay there trying to fall asleep. Thankfully I’ll normally drop off quickly 🙂

It almost took a car crash for me to realise that I needed to do something about my sleep problems. It was about three years ago now. I was working only ten miles or so from home but my commute took me down a busy duel carriageway and one evening I almost fell asleep as I was driving. That was the only time that I almost fell asleep at the wheel and it scared me.

Since then I have made sure that I am very thoughtful about how tired I am. When I am getting over tired I ease off of some of the bits and pieces that I am doing outside of my day job. Mainly writing, but I don’t stop altogether. I just ease off which seems to help.

At the moment I am sleeping pretty well, but having written this post I’ve no doubt jinxed myself lol 🙂

Counting Sheep

Last week I struggled to drop off to sleep which I put down to being off from work but that has rolled into this week. Monday night I got about three hours sleep, last night was about four hours. Maybe tonight I’ll get five hours……

I’m one of those people that will lay in the dark for ages before I fall into sleep, recently its been hours that I’ve been laying in the darkness. I don’t know if its because I’m too tired, or not tired enough. I thought it may be because I’ve got things on my mind, but there’s nothing that is really worrying me, nothing out of the normal everyday trials of life that is.

Yes I’ve tried counting sheep, although I got bored so I started counting electronic sheep. It didn’t work.

What’s next? I’m hoping this is just a passing phase. I am pretty sure that I have a general issue with sleeping. It’s rare that I am not struggling somewhere along the way. I’ve always been one to lay in bed for a while before falling asleep, but normally I do drop off. But then I may have a very unsettled nights sleep. I’ve woken up at the opposite end of the bed to that I started and even with my head between my bed and a unit at the end of my bed. Thinking about it I’m lucky I’ve not fallen out of bed :-/

Other nights I will wake up three or four times during the night. Thankfully most of these times I drop back off quickly.

If anyone’s got any tips about getting a better nights sleep I’d love to hear them 🙂 I’m not really feeling the effects of the lack of sleep but it would be nice to get past this.