Sleep has been on my mind a lot lately. Mainly because I’m having a hard time doing it. I suppose that I’m not the only one, life in general has been a bit stressful over the last year. I thought I might sleep better after the election and once I was vaccinated, however, it doesn’t seem to be the case.

I’ve watched the Master Class on sleep, read books and listened to podcasts. I’ve adjusted my diet, continued with exercise, I get out into the light in the morning, occasionally I work on breathing techniques and yoga (this is a tough on for me to stick with). I am consistant with the time I head to bed and the time I roll out of bed in the morning, yet good sleep still seems illusive to me, until last night.

Now the pressure is on. What did I do yesterday that was so different than what I do on any other given day?

The answer. Not that much. I did some things that are recommended by the science and some that are not. I rode my bike to the market, watched a track meet on TV, met my son for a picnic dinner and then my husband and I took my Volkswagen Vanagon to a spot with a view of the sunset. We ate sausage and cheese from the market, as well a couple of pastries, and of course had a glass of wine. And against good sleep etiquette we watched TV again, right before we went to bed.

I woke up rested for the first time in a long while. I’m not sure what did it, but if it’s wine, desert and TV, I’m in.

How have you been sleeping? What helps you sleep better?

For today’s writing prompts let’s take a closer look at sleep…

WRITING PROMPT #1: Write about a time when sleep came easy for you.

WRITING PROMPT #2:  Write about your current relationship with sleep.

WRITING PROMPT #3: Damian heard people talking, laughing and dancing, and his room shook to the thump of speakers. He had an interview in the morning and he couldn’t put up with it anymore, so he…