This month my project has been daily blogging. And I’ve been really enjoying it, and getting alot out of the daily ritual. But it’s not been sustainable. 90% of my ‘daily’ posts were published after midnight at least, many after 1am, and my sleeping pattern has been even more messed up than usual.

So: in the interests of fixing all this, and restoring sanity to the galaxy, my project for next month is going to be much less of a spectator sport: Sleep. (you should really have been able to guess from the post title)

Now you’re probably thinking that sleeping sounds like something that shouldn’t take much energy to do. I don’t suffer from insomnia, I can fall asleep within 2 minutes if I choose to, and have no difficulty napping in blazing hot sunlight with music blaring. (That’s probably a bit strange.) But sleeping at normal human sleepy hours, and enough said hours per night, that’s something I’m lacking.

I will have to kick the caffeine again, I’ll also try and follow some of the suggestions from Steve Palina the Sleep Nerd for sorting out sleeping patterns and regularity.

How do you fall asleep quickly?

Since apparently this is some deep dark secret skill I hold, I thought I’d share it with you.

I am very practised with sleeping in adverse conditions. Because I’ve spent so much time being a bit nocturnal, I’ve learned to sleep with light and noise out of necessity. I don’t know how to do that except by practice. (And yes, it’s a weird thing to practice).

  1. Have practice with the rubbish quasi-nocturnal sleeping pattern I’m trying to fix with the above.
  2. Close your eyes. Don’t open them again even if you feel like you’re wide awake.
  3. Don’t move. There isn’t a comfier position. That’s a trick. Don’t fall for it. Stay still.
  4. Concentrate on breathing slower. Each breath should take longer than the one before. Reealy concentrate on it. It should drown out all the little worries and nagging thoughts.
  5. That’s all. You should be asleep now.