This is a response to “Waking up to a problem” (GDN, February 22).
I read Reem Antoon’s articles with interest, quick to read with natural flow of thought and good research.
Here is a solution to “Waking up to a problem”...
I’ve been deep sleeper my entire life, with a quick nap or deep sleep on “as is where is basis” until reaching mid-50s, and things changed, while no problem falling asleep, but quality of sleep deteriorated similar to what you described in your column.
Doctor’s visits and sleep apnea testing, use of apnea machine on trial basis, yielded no results. Trained as analytical engineer (drilling and pumping oil wells), I started to log my activities prior to going to sleep at night.
Here is what I found; my sleep quality was poor those nights when prior to sleeping I had little physical activity, heavier than usual dinner meal, and distracted mind.
So, I changed to 30-45 minutes speed walk two-three hours prior to sleeping, switched to light dinner meals soon after routine walk, and if the weather didn’t permit to go out for walk, 15-20 minutes yoga in-doors to stretch and relax.
Here is simple solution for waking up to a problem: Brisk walk, light meal and relaxation gives you light body with clear mind that results in deep sleep. No negative side-effects.