Training Day: 4
Miles: 7.7 (iFit indoor bike ride)
How It Felt: I upped the effort a little bit today, and it felt really good. Overall, I’m feeling pretty fucking good considering last week I couldn’t walk without getting lightheaded.
Commentary: Good, quality sleep has been eluding me these past few weeks. When I was down with the COVID, I blamed it on that. But alas, the shitty sleep and subsequent exhaustion is taking it’s toll on me.
I fall asleep just fine. But at some point in the middle of the night I wake up and have a hell of a time falling back asleep. Part of me wonders if I end up stressing myself about falling back asleep. Like because I know if it takes a while I’ll be even more tired in the morning, and that stress prevents me falling back asleep. Whoa.
My handy Garmin keeps telling me I haven’t been getting any deep sleep. As in no deep sleep for weeks. I don’t know how accurate it is, but if it is accurate, I imagine that no deep sleep is not a good thing. Now I have to figure out how to get myself to sleep better.
Last night I curled up on the couch with my book, a cup of hot tea (a relaxing blend), and my cat. I rubbed lavender essential oil on my feet and did my deep breathing exercises before bed. Still, I slept like shit.
In the middle of the pandemic last year I started journaling before bed to help me sleep. My mind whirled with thoughts and ideas nonstop, preventing me from sleeping. Journaling got those thoughts and ideas out and allowed me to sleep with a clear head.
For almost a year straight I journaled before bed. I had my regular journal and my gratitude journal. Sometime during the summer I stopped doing both. I’m wondering if getting back into that will help with my sleep problem. Tonight I shall start journaling again to find out.
Endlessly seeking adventure.