I have seen my fitness physio and my sleep guy. And I wonder what I have left myself in for. It's too late tonight to go into my new regime, but I will try to fill you all in tomorrow.
But my sleep person.....
1Canesfan, he is meant to be helping with improving my sleep. I have had, in the past, a notoriously poor sleep record, often recording just between 3-5 hours a night instead of the traditional 8 hours. A lot of this has been because I have an active and creative mind (I used to sleep with a pen and pad next to my bed to write down ideas during the night); I used to go to sleep with the radio on (ear plugs in each ear); I used to read each night, often until 12.30-1.30 am; and at my age I used to take my meds before hitting the sack, wash them down with water, and then wonder why I used to wake 1-2 times each night to go to the toilet for a leak!
Now, if you are anything like as smart as my wife, you would have said, "Whoa, Johnno!!! Can't you see all of these things are destroying whatever pathetic sleep pattern you have?????"
And you would have been correct! But me being me, I required a sleep therapist to tell me. So.....
..Taking my meds just after tea instead of shortly before I go to bed (3 hours earlier, at least) and only a small sip of water to wash them down.
..No more radio ear plugs in the ears when I turn off the light.
..Reading just for 15 minutes before turning off the light.
..No more pen and pad next to the bed.
I also have a nasty habit of nodding off to sleep in front of TV most nights, and dozing for 30-60 minutes. Now I take an afternoon nap (30 minutes, and no more); my wife has my approval to poke me in the ribs when I nod off; and if I do nod off, after being poked in the ribs I have to go for a walk around the house/room several times.
All this sounds sooooo simple, doesn't it? But I could never see it until the sleep therapist explained it to me. Now my wife is laughing, and I am in a deep state of great embarrassment!
The end result of all this is that my nightly sleep has risen from 3-5 hours to 5-7 hours.
I hope this helps answer your question. :-)