I realized during the middle of the night just how much my life has changed. I normally sleep like a log. I can be disturbed by noises trying to get to sleep, but once asleep it takes a lot to wake me. The calendar may say it’s the beginning of December, but we are having fall-like weather. The middle of the night temperatures were in the mid 40s and it was pouring rain.
I’m not sure why the rain woke me, but it did, several times. In the past, if I were woken awake by something I would get frustrated by the interruption of my sleep. I knew I had to be up in the morning, whether because I needed to be up with the children or to get ready for work. This pressure would keep me awake and find me punching a pillow trying to get back to sleep.
But last night, or I should say the early morning hours of today, I smiled and listened to the rain hit the window and chairs outside my window. I knew if needed I could sleep in a little bit and had no pressure to get back to sleep.
The result was that while I smiled and listened to the rain it would lull me back to sleep, to be woken a bit later. I didn’t have trouble getting back to sleep, the pressure to sleep has been lifted. I enjoyed the alert moments listening to the rain knowing I wouldn’t be hearing the rain much more this year and woke refreshed as normal.
Do you sleep better?