Sleep was something that I never had to think about, I went to bed and I went to sleep – end of story. Those days are sadly gone, I go to bed … I lie awake, or I sleep and wake up … and then lie awake! Thankfully, at this stage I am not a snorer and I don’t have Sleep Apnoea. This is where you wake up feeling like you haven’t been asleep, your partner has possibly moved to another room with ear plugs, and worryingly your snoring and sleep apnoea is affecting your health.
South Library is hosting Tess Graham, a physiotherapist and author of Relief from snoring and sleep apnoea : a step-by-step guide to restful sleep and better health through changing the way you breathe, on Thursday 5 March. The library has her book plus a number of other titles that could prove useful.
The only other time in my life where sleep evaded me was when I had wakeful babies. There is so much advice about the best way to get your baby to sleep and as you can imagine many a book has been written on the subject. When I had my children the common belief was to leave them to cry. Those days have gone, and books on the subject now talk about being guided by your child, establishing routines and trusting your instincts.
However feel grateful that there isn’t an epidemic as in Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun which causes people to completely lose the plot when they are infected with a bug that causes permanent insomnia. This book will make you feel grateful for the occasional sleep loss and is a good dystopian read with plenty of action.