On an average day, by 3:00p.m., I start to think about heading home from work as soon as possible to avoid traffic, and finish everything I need to before it’s time for bed. Today is no different. Should I exercise? Should I eat something before my workout, or not at all? When should I have dinner? I have discovered that I have more trouble sleeping after a late meal, so I generally try to avoid it, which has made dinner out with family and/or friends non-existent.
I broke my own promise to stay away from the computer after 8:00 p.m., as I had an evening conference call for one of my jobs. I felt very alert after that, so I decided to have a small snack – a tiny ¼ cup of granola and milk.
I’ve also discovered that I need to be in bed at just the right time to have a chance at falling asleep. If I’m in bed too early, I tend to stay up. For instance, I turned the temperature up to 70 degrees tonight because I was cold. Lights were out at 11:30 p.m., but my eyes were wide open. I tried saying the word “peace” and concentrate on my breathing, as though I was in a deep meditation, but it didn’t help. 1:00 a.m. passed, 3:00 a.m. passed, and I was still awake. I know I should have got up out of bed, but I’ve tried that before, and it hasn’t really helped. Eventually, it was 5:00 a.m., so I got up, took a bath and started my morning routine before work.