Tag: Sleep

The unrelenting heat

Don't get me wrong. I absolutely adore the sunshine and heat. But right now, London is a hot, sticky and smelly mess. And so are most of its residents. Yesterday. I managed to shelter from the hellish heat in my air-conditioned office. But. come 5:30pm, I had to head outside and meet a friend for ...

Hot and bothered

The present heatwave is really welcome. I love the sun and I love being out in the heat. We get far too little of either in London, as far as I'm concerned. But the past few nights have been so hot, I've barely slept. And this is with all the windows open and fans creating ...

A restorative walk in the sun

My old 'friend' insomnia returned with a bang last night. As a result, I got about four hours of sleep - which is approximately 50% of what I need to function. So I wasn't at my best when my alarm vibrated on my wrist. I was still convinced it was 3am - the last time ...

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Greetings from the sick bed…

I've been struck down with a dose of the most virulent strain of man-flu. And I won't hear otherwise... I got stuck in Dublin last week, as it was being battered by Storm Emma and the 'Beast from the East'. Cue several cancelled flights, cabin fever as I got stuck in my hotel and a ...

Waking up to sunlight…

One of my (many) quirks is my preference to sleep with the curtains open. It's definitely not an exhibitionist thing, a we're barely overlooked here at home. And it's really only applicable in the Spring and Summer. It's just that I just love being woken up by sunlight. It's gentler than any harsh alarm and wakes ...

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At least I have a diagnosis!

Regular readers will be familiar with my frequent complaints about poor sleep, insomnia, and general sleepiness. Well today, I finally got to do something about it. Despite my sleep patterns being all screwed up by my epilepsy, anti-epileptic medication and the stress that comes with both, I knew myself that my sleep was far from ...

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The lack of sleep is getting to me…

After Saturday night's surprise visit from the pizza delivery man, I was hoping I'd be tired enough last night to catch up on some sleep. Following an early flight to Barcelona for work, a solid few hours working in my hotel room and a long walk around town, I felt ready for bed. After nipping ...

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I spoke too soon…

After yesterday's optimism and sheer joy at cobbling together such an enjoyable Saturday, I spent most of last night wide awake due to a combination of noisy neighbours, insomnia and the arrival of an unrequested pizza. I was in bed and ready for sleep by 10pm last night, due to an early start. I drifted ...

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This bed, though…

I travel for business a lot. That means dealing with the rough and the smooth when it comes to hotels and hotel beds in particular. Right now, I'm working in Cheltenham and staying in a really rather lovely hotel. And I have to say, it has one of the loveliest hotel beds I've ever crawled ...