My figure-out-how-to-sleep “Someday” is going well. So well, in fact, I haven’t been up early most days as evidenced by the lack of posts here. I usually write early in the morning, but for the past couple of weeks, I’ve slept past dawn too often and my writing mind feels sluggish and lazy. But the sleep has been good!
I’m giving my husband most of the credit for my improved sleep. He’s been on a quest for years to help me find peaceful sleep and then, just as I started this “Someday”, he learned of a product that was described as “life changing”. He bought me the product for Mother’s Day and life hasn’t been the same since.
The product is a ChiliPad. It isn’t cheap, but it is amazing! And, really, what’s a good night’s sleep worth? One of my biggest problems with sleeping well is getting too hot at night. This isn’t just a menopausal issue – I’ve slept hot all my life, though it did get worse in my late 30s. I believe I wake up throughout the night because I’m so uncomfortably hot and sweaty. Yes, there’s times when it’s good to be hot and sweaty, but not repeatedly throughout the night when I’m trying to sleep. The ChiliPad is a fairly thin pad that goes beneath the sheet on my side of the bed. It has coils in it that connect to the ChiliPad Cube which is a little water reservoir with a motor that circulates cool water (or warm if you want – yes, some people are that crazy) throughout the ChiliPad. The result? Like I said, “Amazing!”
I’ll post more about the experience of getting used to my ChiliPad as well as the other sleep steps I’ve taken in a future post. For now, my sleepy brain wants to just sit and drink a cup of coffee. While it’s nice to be sleeping well, sleeping for several hours, and later in the morning, is going to require some adjustments to my daily routine. That’s okay. I’ll figure out the adjustments eventually – it’s worth it to finally be sleeping at night.