There are many reasons we might have trouble sleeping, and the consequences of our sleep problems can become serious if not corrected.
In the early days of marriage, we lived in an apartment that kept us a toasty 85 degrees or warmer. On a snowy day like today that seems like a heavenly problem to have. When it comes to sleeping in such a warm temperature it is not a good thing. After months of enjoying my tropical temperatures, but lack of truly restful sleep began causing serious problems.
The problem was falling asleep everywhere. I would sit down before work, and doze off until someone told me I better wake up and get moving. If I leaned against a wall, I was asleep. Sitting down for a meeting, I was asleep. I even fell asleep driving, veering off the road to the right, bouncing over the curb, tree lawn, and sidewalk, and waking in time to drive between a car parked in a driveway and a phone poll and back to the road merging into the lane of traffic between two cars that were going at speed.
My doctor said all this sleeping was the result of sleeping in a room that was just to warm. I requested the apartment manager fix the heating problem. Sleeping in a cooler room corrected my sleep problem, and my employer was again happy to see me stay awake, and driving became less harrowing.
Most other sleep problems have been minor inconveniences: uncomfortable night-clothes, Hubby snoring, a puzzling problem, too much light coming in the window, noisy, or an uncomfortable bed. All of these things can interfere with sleep, and need to be remedied before serious problems occur.
Now I have a new sleep problem. My very spoiled cat, Shadow. Shadow has grown to a whopping 6 pounds 7 ounces, and can stretch out to occupy a third of a queen size bed. She wants to sleep right at my side. It is nice have that purring little bundle of warmth tucked against the small of my back, or against my belly, until she comes under the covers and tickles me awake with her whiskers.
Sometimes Shadow wants to sleep right between my legs, which prevents me from moving. Other times Shadow isn’t as sleepy as the rest of the family, and my feet become a plaything. Awaking to claws and teeth digging into your foot is no fun. I expect Shadow will learn the acceptable limits in time, just as big brother Blue has.
Sleeping with pets can have other problems, for not only sleep but beauty as this video explains. Our pooches are in crates in the bedroom, and sometimes they snore and now that Penny is getting older she wakes up at night and demands to go out.
If you are thinking about getting a pet, you might want them to sleep in another room. It is to late for me. Save yourself.