Do you have a nightly wind-down routine?
How do you shut down an overly stimulated mind? Do you pour a glass of wine, make a cup of herbal tea, settle on the couch and watch some TV? Do you read a book, take a bubble bath, or go for a nice long walk?
I’ve become bored with television, and at the moment I do not have a favorite show. It used to be I’d kick back in my chair and watch several shows. I like comedy, but there isn’t anything that appeals to me in the current line-up. Nothing is making me laugh.
I never suffered with insomnia until recent months. Now it plays havoc with my mind. If I can’t sleep I know I’ll ruin the next day’s creativity. No writing will be accomplished. I figured it was the wine causing my problem. So I stopped drinking. For a week or so I slept well, and then the insomnia returned. I wondered if I had been exercising too late in the day and moved all exercise to the morning hours. I had earworms…you know, those tunes that get stuck in your brain and go on constant rewind. If I could have found where Keith Urban was hanging out I might have hit him over the head with his darn guitar. I’d fall asleep and wake up with one of his tunes playing, over, and over, and over again. Then some nights I’d dream entire stories and wake to figure out if I could turn that story into a book. I’d go back to sleep and dream the entire thing again.
Speaking of books, I know I read in excess. Some nights I’ll turn off the telly at eight, check my emails and maybe facebook, and sip a small cup of Sleepytime tea. It contains floral Egyptian chamomile, cool spearmint from the Pacific Northwest, and lively Guatemalan lemongrass. Then I have to get up to the bathroom at about 2 a.m. I blame that on the lively lemongrass. Just the word lively seems all wrong for evening. Unless of course, you have Mr. Lively-Yummy-Pants beckoning you. Uh, back to tea.
Sleepytime tea cannot be banished. I love it and always use one of my four Harrods mugs that I bought in England. They’re small and slim, unlike my coffee mugs. But maybe I should only fill the mug half-way.
There have been nights, especially in these darker winter months where I’ve crawled into bed a little before nine, with my trusty Kindle, and read for several hours. Last week there was an article about how that isn’t good for you, that it’s too stimulating. I tried reading print books for a few nights. I slept better. Coincidence? Maybe. I’m eagerly awaiting my package from RWA National…five or six RITA books for judging. That should be a good experiment, as I won’t have time to read anything on Kindle for a couple of weeks. I’ll keep you posted on the outcome…I know how important it is for you to have this information. Ha ha.
Anyway, what do you do? Do you have a sleep routine, or are you one of those lucky people who fall asleep as soon as the head hits the pillow? Talk to me.