I've had the assessment of my first week's sleep diary, along with the task set for the first proper week of the sleep retraining course. The assessment was quite interesting, there were one or two things that I didn't agree with, but I guess it's thought-provoking to see things about yourself from someone else's point of view. The report reckons I'm stressed (really?!?!), anxious and somewhat depressed. I wouldn't say I'm depressed at all right now...I have been in the recent past, but not now.
The task for the coming week is a bit of an eyebrow raiser. They ask you to try your best to follow the task through for a complete 7 days, even if you find it hard. They say I'm spending too much time in bed for the amount of sleep I'm getting, so I need to retrain my body to actually sleep in bed, rather than lying there not sleeping. To do this, I have to have a period of sleep restriction - quite literally, restricting the amount of sleep I get each night. My normal night routine is to go to bed around 10.30 (sometimes earlier, if I'm totally shattered) and get up between 04.00 and 05.00, having several periods of wakefulness during the night, sometimes going downstairs. The clinic wants me to go to bed at 12 midnight and get up at 05.00 for 7 nights/days in a row. The idea is that by the time I go to bed, I will be so tired that I should get off to sleep very quickly (I usually do anyway, it's staying asleep that's my problem) and stay asleep for longer during the night. So just 5 hours of sleep - well, in bed - each night for this first week.....which sounds quite scary, but as my sleep diary has shown I only normally get around 4 hours sleep a night anyway, it's not really that bad.
I also have to turn the clock to face the wall and put my phone in the bedside cabinet, so I can't keep checking the time (which is a habit of mine). I'm also not to get out of bed during the night, if I can help it. I'm supposed to set an alarm for 5 am to get me up in the morning....I wouldn't think I need to, but the clinic say that the later bedtimes during sleep restriction training may mean that I am actually still asleep at 5, but I must get up at that time even if I'm still tired. We'll see! Should be an interesting week.
I started last night....by midnight, I was really ready to go to sleep, very nearly nodding off in the armchair (not allowed, naps before bedtime are a definite NoNo on this plan). Think I must have gone off to sleep pretty much immediately. I did wake up 2 or 3 times during the night, but again went back to sleep with little trouble. And finally woke up just before 5 - luckily, as I forgot to set the alarm.
I'm still knackered though, but then I have a lot of sleep to catch up on!
In other news, Mum and sis have been told that Mum is ready for discharge home - as soon as the care plan has been put in place for her. Apparently, it's all been ordered on paper, so it's just a question of when. Mum is so ready to go home, she's totally fed up with hospital now, she's been in for 2 1/2 weeks, that's the longest time she's been in hospital.
It's a blooming awful morning, chucking it down and really blustery. We don't have anywhere to go today, thankfully (other than dog walking, which will be short), but I don't envy anyone who has to work outside today.