Sleep - the time we switch off and recharge.
I set my alarm for 6.ooam this morning. Carboot sale. I like to retire to my pillow around midnight, if not earlier these days (I am not old, just boring). I wake often throughout the night to change position. Sit up, stand, undertake genital posture excercise, massage or take medication. Pain is constant and inturups my sleep.
In the past, I had no problems and could sleep well in any environment except for extreme cold.
I also liked to burn the candle at both ends and often only managed 4 to 5 hours sleep in 24 hours.
Back in my late 20's and 30's when I heavily drank alcohol and enjoyed many late night drug fuelled sessions. I could stay in bed the following morning, to either waste away the hours sleeping or hope the hangover would disappear.
During my late 30's and 40's my attitude to sleep and early mornings changed. I was excited about my work life and would be at work most days, sometimes 7 days a week for years at a time. I was fitting in my home life and free time around work life. So my body clock was the only alarm clock I relied on.
In my early 40's I found I couldn't stay in bed for long in the morning. I was frightened of missing something I guess.
For the last 5 years or more with increased disturbed sleep, I'm finding restfull sleep is so valuable and necessary.
This morning when the alarm clock went off at 6.00am. I nearly said bugger it, I'm staying in bed. 6.15am the alarm clock went off again. So I tore myself from the warm bed and pillow. This personal struggle got me thinking.
SLEEP We all need it, we all have similar routines. We probably all have different attitudes to sleep throughout our lives.
So if sleep had a hourly rate attached to it. In other words, if we had to purchase sleep (like we allow an employer to purchase our awake time)
1) How much would you Pay yourself per hour to sleep?
2) How much would you want paying per hour to sleep?
There is a slight difference in the two questions. (2nd question) If it was a lockdown situation (no books, no sex, no TV) and you were made to retire to your bed, for a set sleep period 5 to 8 hours per night at a set time. Like clocking on, but clocking off.