Yesterday was a terrific day. First Spa Day. I stayed right on track with my schedule. Got a bit of reading done, and quite a bit of quilting done, and then took a 30 minute brisk walk with Noah. Headed to the gym for 35 minutes on the weights and 25 minutes on the bicycle. No Starbuck’s but came straight home with my sack of food from Vicky, and enjoyed watching the Biggest Loser while having coffee and a Quest bar. THEN, I put a yoga episode on the computer (from Netflix) and did 35 minutes of that! That was just right, because it was called Healing Yoga: for Aches and Pains. Not too strenuous, but some really good stretches, breathing, and posture reminders. I had my dinner that Vicky had prepared. I was all ready to dislike it–veggie meatballs with marinara sauce. I don’t like meatballs, and I don’t particularly like vegetarian meat substitutes. But I made myself take a bite. Surprise yumm! They were full of nuts! What’s not to like LOL. After dinner we all went for the doggie stroll. I watched a new movie documentary “Hungry for Change.” They had some interesting information in there. All in all, a really great day.
I was super tired before 9pm, and I headed to bed. AND I COULD NOT SLEEP. Which reminded me that that movie had made a point about how important sleep was for our health. Anyway, thought I would share some of the things I do that usually help me to have a good night’s sleep. And then some of the things I do that probably don’t help.
Things that help me to sleep:
- A bath or a shower before I go to bed.
- No caffeine after 6pm.
- Reading in bed (usually fall asleep in 5 minutes. Not much reading gets done.)
- Bedding not too hot and not too cold. This one can be very tricky LOL.
- Sometimes I take melatonin, usually only when I am having trouble falling asleep.
Things that probably don’t help:
- Playing games on my kindle in bed.
- Going to bed too full or too hungry.
Oh well. I am lucky. I usually don’t have too much trouble sleeping. I kind of wondered if the extra exercise had something to do with the sleeplessness.
So this morning got a bit of a slow start. But after weighing my options exercise-wise, I decided to take an extra long walk-hike. I’m glad I did. Sometimes I start worrying that I won’t be able to walk long distances any more. And I have a special hike coming up with a certain blogger known for her hiking abilities! (more on that later.)
So now I’m off to the gym. Not sure what exactly I’m going to do. Mostly I just want to get in the spa and relax. Its such a pain in the butt to get your clothes all changed and get wet and stuff though. I AM very sure that I am going to go to Starbuck’s and relax afterwards. So far today I’ve had Vicky’s Chia muffin–very tasty, kind of had a ginger flavor to it, a pear, and a beet, goat cheese and walnut salad. Good eats!
Do you have any special tricks to help you sleep better?