Sleep versus rest
I think rest is more important than sleep and to be honest I think I am getting more rest in spite of what might seem to be less sleep. Of course then again, if I’m asleep do I know I am asleep?
This quest to get Ambien and caffeine out of my life sent me to bed around 2 in the afternoon yesterday just for a nap. I wound up with some great rest and I suppose this also effected my ability to sleep last night. This is of no consequence to me since today when I got up I feel pretty well rested and I actually remember having dreams and can even remember some of the dreams. I havn’t had or at least remembered a dream in years so this is something new to me.
When I was younger my dreams were crazy borderline terrifying. One thing I did value in my dreams of my youth was my ability to solve Maths problems in my dreams and almost (not quite) put those solutions on paper when I awoke. I remember trying to get back to sleep to finish remembering a Calculus solution that I couldn’t square away in my mind once awake.
The good thing about today is the headache is finally gone that seems to be a symptom of caffeine withdrawal. I hadn’t intended to give up caffeine in this process to start with but now, judging by the fact that it took two days for the symptoms of caffeine withdrawal to set in after I quit using any caffeine, it makes me realise how much it must have been in my system.
To be fair to the process of having more restful sleep / any sleep or rest it seems important to eliminate those things that could be a hinderance to the process.
I was up a lot last night but I don’t think my rest suffered as a result. We’ll see how the rest of the day goes and how this journey to an Ambien/Caffeine-free path continues