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Sleep and Tiredness

vardenafil originale 20 mg online in italia I have a love-hate relationship with sleep and tiredness.  I love sleep and hate tiredness.  Unfortunately, although I love sleep, it doesn’t always love me, hence the tiredness.  And I am not the only one.   According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists, one in five people feels “unusually tired,” and one in ten has “prolonged fatigue.”  Women tend to feel more tired than men.  I’m not sure how they define prolonged fatigue, but I am sure that I have this.

http://cinziamazzamakeup.com/?x=miglior-sito-per-acquistare-viagra-generico-25-mg-spedizione-veloce-a-Napoli Research into sleep has been going on for a long time, I remember reading about it when I was studying brain and behaviour.  It seems that the experts are still not sure why we need to sleep – to reorganise memories, to restore our bodies (cats sleep for about 16 hours per day, but not all in one go), maybe other things as well.  Haven’t we all had those times when we’ve started a new job and fall asleep on the train going home for the first few weeks?  Days when we’ve worked really hard in the garden/decorating/similar physical work and fallen asleep dog tired but knowing our bodies feel better for the exercise?  Or times when we have worked hard mentally and felt exhausted but our bodies didn’t feel it because we had done no physical work?

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comprare viagra generico 25 mg a Verona I started to look into sleep because I’ve been falling asleep on the sofa and waking in the early hours of the morning and by the time I’ve cleaned my teeth and washed, I’m wide awake and don’t want to sleep (I’m typing this at 02:11).  It also featured in a book I’m reading by one of my favourite non-fiction writers, Linda Formichelli (How to Do It All).

http://cinziamazzamakeup.com/?x=comprare-viagra-generico-25-mg-pagamento-online-a-Torino The NHS website says that there are psychological, physical and lifestyle causes of tiredness.  Anaemia, an underactive thyroid, diabetes, being overweight or underweight and sleep apnoea can all cause tiredness.  None of these is the cause of my tiredness (well, maybe being overweight.  That’s something to ponder on and deal with.)

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http://cinziamazzamakeup.com/?x=viagra-generico-100-mg-prezzo-piu-basso If you’ve ruled all of these out, what about anxiety, too much alcohol or poor diet?  Or working shifts.  That was what started my poor sleeping habits, and it took a long time to get over that.  Apparently, too much alcohol tends to wake us in the middle of the night.  That’s interesting, tonight I had a couple of glasses of wine (and am having one as I type) but I’ve drunk much more and not had disturbed sleep.  I have a reasonably good diet (I don’t eat wheat, refined sugar only comes from cured meat and wine, I eat lots of fresh vegetables, most days way more than my five a day) and I am not anxious or depressed.  I don’t think I’ve ever suffered from anxiety (I’ve been scared to death on occasions, but not long-term anxiety).  I’ve been depressed in the past so I know that there is none of that going on.

go here Body temperature is important.  I cannot be the only person who sticks their feet out of the bed some nights or craves socks others?  (When I was in India early in the year, we turned the air-con and the helicopter – overhead fan off at night because they were too noisy, but I didn’t have one night of undisturbed sleep because I was too hot, so threw the bedclothes off, and then got too cold so I pulled them back on.  And so it went on.)

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There are lots of things you can do if you sleep badly – take a look at this buzzfeed link:


And if you are interested about how some more information  about how our ancestors slept:


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I ended up staying up for about four hours that night, having woken up on the sofa after about four at the start.  I slept for another three hours when I finally went back to bed.  When I awoke, I felt a bit groggy but I managed to get quite a lot done that day, certainly as much as I usually do on my one day off.  I crashed and burned at about 16:00, in a really deep sleep and was woken up after about an hour.  (Who knows how long I’d have gone on for if I hadn’t been woken?)  I’m not sure I’d go for that long a break in  my sleep again – I’ve done it for one or two hours before and it hasn’t been too bad but maybe four hours was just too long.  Nite nite.


© Susan Shirley 2016




My Day of Thank Yous!

One of the joys of having your own blog is that, within the confines of legality, you can write pretty much anything you want to write.

So today, for me, is a day of “Thank Yous.”  I have so much to be grateful for, and, walking through my beloved St James Park yesterday, where the daffodils and crocuses are out in bloom, just made me realise how fortunate I am.  Thank you Universe, for all that beauty!

Thank you to everyone who reads this blog!  Anyone who knows me knows that I am preparing myself for my future life if I am made redundant later this year, hence writing as much as I can now.  This is a showcase for some of my work; so thank you all, and please keep reading.  (And, if you like the posts, maybe you would consider “liking them” on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.)

Next, I want to thank my friends and family.  In particular, I’d like to thank my friend Anne Germain.  Anne and I have been friends for many years, since we first worked together, and have shared tears and joys and the odd glass of wine or two!  Anne took the plunge and started doing what she loves a number of years ago.  I’ve had a number of private readings from her, and I can tell you, she is spookily accurate.  Always makes for an interesting evening, when she can tell me what’s happening in my life before I know about it!

You can check out her website at http://www.annegermain.co.uk

I’d like to thank Linda Formichelli, a freelance writer.  I don’t know Linda personally, but I wholeheartedly recommend her book “Write Your Way Out of the Rat Race,” not just for wannabe writers, but anyone who is thinking of becoming self-employed.  And while I’m on the subject of writers’ resources, thank you also to Sheryl Jacobs for “50 Freebies for Frugal Writers.”  There are lots of other books out there, but I haven’t read them all yet.  (Note the word “yet.”  I’m sure I’ll get around to it.)

Lisa Irby is another one of my heroines.  She has a website about setting up websites, and she explains things in a really simple way.  http://www.2createawebsite.com

Sophie Lizard is also a favourite.  With so many resources available on the web, sometimes it’s hard to know which ones are worth looking at.  I’m not saying that none of the others are any good, just that these are ones I like.  http://beafreelanceblogger.com

Thank you everyone, for all your help and support.  I’ll let you know on this blog when I publish my first book, and I shall pray that you all buy it.

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