It is really a sad thing to have finals right after a two week vacation. Instead of having just one assessment or assignment - all of it is expected from here on. Every week will be the same. That is fine for the times I have just one class, but it seems quite challenging this particular week when I have two and have not bounced back with my mind.
Theoretically I should be working on my assignments or posting a comment to a fellow student on discussion, but I first need to clear out my brain. Perhaps if I brainstorm here I will have a better understanding about what to write for my class assignment.
We're supposed to set goals on improving our self-management. Yesterday's daily check point had us watch a video on sleep hygiene. Now there's my inspiration. I haven't been sleeping well. I KNOW I need to sleep better to control my emotional intelligence. I slept much better as a single person than one who is expected to share a bed. Forget my disability to find comfort on a flat surface. Roland and I have never been able to agree on room temperature. If he's comfortable, I am too hot. If I am comfortable, he is too cold.
The air doesn't seem like it will push through the vents unless the thermostat is above 72. There's another brilliant error design that came with our home. The thermostat is set between the back door and kitchen and so never does get an accurate temperature of the entire house. Duh. Of course we never have the finances to fix or change anything.
So last night we used a space heater that plugs directly into the wall and is not on the floor.
The instructions are quite simple and say that the temperature goes from 60 to 90. Who in their right mind is going to set it to 90 degrees? I think 75 is too hot. At the advice of a column I will reference for my assignment, on suggestion for better sleep is to keep the room cool. I think 65 may have been a bit too cool - especially for Roland. He was pleased to see me this morning as I usually wander into the living room during the night; the air quality in the living room has been the right temperature for me - but the couch is a beast to sleep on.
I don't know that either one of us really slept any better than we have been. I usually wake between 1:30 and 2:00 because I'm hot. My bladder woke me up at 2:30 - ah, the drawbacks of cool verses warmth. My pipes don't leak in the warmth, but when I'm cold I've suddenly got water bursting through me. Where does it even come from. It's not as though I am sipping on Big Gulps during my sleep
I've also noticed that electric heat seems drier than natural gas. We don't even have a natural gas option in this house. I wonder if that is what has contributed to my stomach rash. It doesn't make sense to me, but is the only thing I can think of that is different from my normal routine - or what started out as routine anyway.
Still searching for answers. I do need to eat better, and that will help me sleep. But I still need to find that perfect t temperature for both of us.
I hadn't made the connection of exposure to light. The article discussed getting out in the natural daylight. There haven't been many hours of light for several days at a time. It's been overcast, foggy, dim, kind of depressing. The daylight effects the moods of almost all people. All the sudden it has made sense to me. I don't know if this post does, but I plan on posting it anyway. Take a shower, say a prayer, get on with my day. Hopefully I will become more alert than I am at present.