Sleep is the magic ingredient. I’ve been running around like a headless chicken, trying to squeeze in full-time hours, children’s school runs and christmas preparations for the in-laws.

I’ve been getting on average 5 hours of sleep a night and yesterday had the first craving in weeks. I heard my husband open a can of coke zero and my brain just went – BEER! Beer will help me! Beer will make me feel better.

Went to bed early. This morning I feel like a new woman!

I need to find a way especially in these early months to avoid ‘overwhelm’ one of the biggest causes of relapse.

That means more sleep and prioritising the $@£^$% out of my to do lists!



21 thoughts on “Sleep!

  1. Yes to the sleep well! Important. AA has this abbreviation of HALT(S), guess you know it? (hunger, anger, lonelyness, tired, stress – things to avoid or take extra care because of relapse). And having said that I really need to make me some of those masks because I still, after 2 years sober do not sleep very well. Thank you for the reminder this is the goal of today. 🙂
    xx, Feeling

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    • Yes I have heard of HALT.
      I need to watch out for Stress, anger and tiredness at the moment. I hardly ever allow myself to get really hungry, wish I was one of those people that ‘forget to eat’. What masks are you talking about? I love tips about getting better zzzzzzzzz. xx


      • Aah, the masks you get in an airplane to sleep during daytime.
        And on the HALTS, it is not strange that so many people overdo it on the booze during Christmas; everybody is stressed out, trying to fit in in things which actually cause stress like family and receiving and giving presents. Take care!
        xx, Feeling

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    • Hi Anne. Yes, it was the best choice because I think if I didn’t go to sleep I would have driven to the off-licence. There is a book called the Willpower Instinct and in it the writer explains that having less than 7 hours sleep a night significantly diminishes a person’s ability to use willpower in everything. Food choices, abstaining from addictions etc. I know all of this should probably be obvious but I’m just amazed at the difference I feel going from 5 hours to 8 hours. xxx


  2. sleep heals a lot, but you have to remember the there other factors. You are important and sleep is important, But you need to relax. You are fine! enjoy being slightly disposable!. But let me know where you are because NYC is in my 2017 vision and I would love to meet you!!! x

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    • I know what you mean. Was shopping yesterday and alchohol was everywhere. They were even doing mulled wine outside of the Waterstones where I bought most of my presents! I found myself imagining having some. Then I shook my head violently and took many deep breaths. Must have looked like a crazy lady:)


  3. I think one of the main reasons that I had a ‘break down’ after the birth of my last child was because I was so sleep deprived. I remember going to bed and dreaming about having a good sleep, mainly because I did not have a good sleep and was woken more times in the night than I care to admit. Sleep is so important. I can see why sleep deprivation is used as a form of torture!

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