I did not sleep well this past year. For a long stretch of time, there were plenty of obvious reasons I could identify. But once things calmed down, and I still had a hard time sleeping, I began looking at other factors — light, noise, temperature, air quality, covers, bed, pillows.
I started off with the latter three, questioning whether I needed to buy a new bed. I decided to start by changing my pillows — buying a hypoallergenic feather pillow, changing my covers — buying a heavier hypoallergenic feather comforter (so that I would not need multiple covers), and adding a memory foam mattress on top of my bed.
Immediately after making these changes, I slept much better. But then I went to visit my mom, and I slept 10 or 11 delicious hours of uninterrupted, blissful sleep. When I came back home, I returned to my pattern of a few hours of solid sleep, followed by fits and spurts of half-asleep, half-awake misery.
I live in a densely populated area, with a lot of noise starting early in the morning. But I don’t think that’s as much of a factor as the changing temperature. I keep having to take on and take off covers, and sometimes I’m just too damn tired to do it — leaving me too hot or too cold and unable to sleep well.
So I have decided that as environmentally unfriendly as it may be, I’m going to sleep tonight with the air conditioner on. I did that at my mom’s as well, so I’m wondering if that was a factor in my ability to sleep. I may just need consistent temperature until I wake up. Of course, the guest bed at her home is a brand-new orthopedic one that I hand-picked, so that may have something to do with it too.
The bottom line is that I’m taking a proactive approach to my sleep — controlling variables one at a time, in an attempt to determine what I need to sleep uninterrupted, like a baby, every single night. If all else fails, I may determine that it’s time to whip out the plastic and acquire a fabulous new bed.