Dad Down Under 365 – Post Reading and Sleeping
For the past month I’ve been focusing on sleep and lots of it and guess what – it’s really rather nice. Okay so that is hardly ground breaking news but it wasn’t intended to be. It was about breaking bad sleep habits that were leaving me feeling flat and not particularly excited at the prospect of a day’s toddler wrangling. Falling asleep to car chases and explosions and waking up at 3am with earphones garrotting me does not lend itself to a full and restful night’s sleep. I’m also really bad at thinking I can defeat my bladder, rather than actually get up and take care of business I stubbornly lie awake all night willing myself to ‘win’.
I aimed for lights out at 10pm and with Max not waking until 7:30am that gave me a potentially indulgent 9 ½ hours in the land of nod. Like a naughty schoolboy I broke curfew three times all month and whilst it hasn’t been the most exciting month I do feel so much better for getting some good sleep. The red eyes have been replaced with something resembling white(ish) and the oversized baggage has been reduced to a respectable man bag.
I’ve been drinking camomile tea like a born again hippy, the lighting’s been kept low, the bedding changed regularly, food consumed early and caffeine politely declined. People spend lots of money on all sorts of ways to make themselves feel better and happier, my wife favours Etsy, but this really works and it’s free and it’s lovely. A side perk of the month was the promise to read for 30 minutes each night before bed. I consumed Catcher in the Rye and Jasper Jones which both had me kicking myself for being stupid enough to let the habit slip in the first place.
This entire year is going to be about finding out what works for me and what isn’t so important. Of course I won’t be going to bed at 9:30pm each night but I will make a conscious effort to get more sleep, quality sleep. I discovered that telly in the bedroom will be a no no in future. Whilst I won’t be reading every night I really enjoyed it and my brain has been thanking me all month. I also learnt that a month is a very long time and that some of the other months will be a big challenge.
What’s Next – Next month’s challenge is all about exercise and has been strategically placed to coincide with the warmer weather that I’m praying we’ll be experiencing very soon. 30mins of rigorous exercise 5 days a week and I hope I can entice one or two of you to join me, it’s ‘only’ a month after all.