For the last couple of weeks sleep has been evading me in the Nature’s Valley house. It became a major topic of conversation with my housemates and was as much a part of the daily routine as making coffee. Make coffee and check on the sleep deprived girl from the UK.
I am not sure what was causing the problem. I managed to sleep fine the first few weeks. I did start to share a room with Kellyn and began to think perhaps I am such a light sleeper that having different noises in the room was keeping me awake. The house was full of odd noises so I don’t think it was that. Or was it that I had a sinus infection and that was causing the problem?
I arrived in the Best Western in Bensheim yesterday for Kirstin & Thomas’s wedding took one look at the bed and the crisp, clean bright white linen and just knew everything was going to be alright. I am happy to say that last night I slept the sleep of babies and awoke feeling slightly groggy and disorientated, I have not been there in sleep for so long.
Did you know that there are 4 cycles to sleep that occur?
Stage N1 (Transition to sleep) – This stage lasts about five minutes. Your eyes move slowly under the eyelids, muscle activity slows down, and you are easily awakened.
Stage N2 (Light sleep) – This is the first stage of true sleep, lasting from 10 to 25 minutes. Your eye movement stops, heart rate slows, and body temperature decreases.
Stage N3 (Deep sleep) – You’re difficult to awaken, and if you are awakened, you do not adjust immediately and often feel groggy and disoriented for several minutes. In this deepest stage of sleep, your brain waves are extremely slow. Blood flow is directed away from your brain and towards your muscles, restoring physical energy.
REM sleep (Dream sleep) – About 70 to 90 minutes after falling asleep, you enter REM sleep, where dreaming occurs. Your eyes move rapidly, your breathing shallows, and your heart rate and blood pressure increase. Also during this stage, your arm and leg muscles are paralyzed.
So this morning all is well with the world but what on earth was causing the problem? Kellyn – no, sheets – no.
Now my thoughts are turning to my nightly routine back at the house. As you may remember there is no television in the house in Natures Valley so we have to find our own entertainment. I generally spent 1 hour an evening dancing around the bedroom like a demented idiot. Perhaps this was causing the problem?
Dancing expends energy which should in effect tire you out and after which sleep should come….you would think?
Next step in the routine after dancing I would finally settle down and watch part of a TV series that someone had given me. I started out watching Game of Thrones, finally caught on to what the rest of the world are talking about. Over the last few weeks I have been watching Sons of Anarchy, fast paced and lots of action and ..Jax’s now there’s enough reason in itself for light sleeping.
Who knows if I will ever find out, just happy for 2 things.
- the sleep of babies that finally came
- a shower without mosquitoes