Nearly every day is a multiple cup of coffee day. I wake up, pop the coffee machine on while I shower, scull back a cup of strong black brew before zooming to work and heading straight to the coffee shop. And one hour later I’m back again for number three. But I still spend the entire day yawning. And rubbing my eyes. And feeling droopy. I shuffle through the afternoon watching the clock because I know I’ll be home soon to chill out (unless I have plans, then I’ll probably have an afternoon coffee) and when I do eventually get home I need a good hour to “recover” from the exhaustion.
I’m certainly not bored at work. How can an emergency department be boring? Granted the work can be quite tedious, but with the environment around me changing every minute it’s certainly not your average office job.
So why am I so tired? Because come 10PM I’m wide awake. Brain buzzing, eyes wide, full on awake. Two zillion times more spritely and alive than I was at 8AM that morning. I write better, I communicate more eloquently, my memory is more focused, but hello, it’s bed time! And I can’t switch off until well into the wee hours of the morning. And then I have to get up early again for work. It’s a cycle. E’s been snoozing for hours by the time I finally feel sleep clouding me.
I blame shift work. And strange start/finish times. And the fact I’m an over thinker (that doesn’t help at all). And social media. And some caffeine is probably still in my system. But it sucks! I have permanent bags (or as a friend stated my eyes were always very puffy in the morning – don’t worry, she’s a good friend so I spose it’s okay for her to be THAT honest, and I got her back, haha) and my social skills lack considerably early in the morning (not a good thing when you’re job is very communication based). I need help!
The thing is I love coffee. And I mean, deep intense love. I would bathe in it if I could. But this blogger needs help. Tea has been a saviour, but how does one kick a habit that is getting her through the day? Now I need your help! What can I do to kick my excessive caffeine habit and increase my energy without turning into a nasty creature? How can I switch off at night? I’ve tried meditation, it’s really not for me. I’ve tried lavender on my pillow, it smells good but isn’t ideal. I’ve tried music, but that makes me more energised! I don’t want sleeping pills, because this addictive personality would probably like them to much. Help!
What are your tips for sleeping issues?