Daphne has been retired for a few years, but has had a variety of very interesting professions, such as officer in the WAAF, fashion model and actress. On the whole she finds she sleeps well, but would like to have more than the five or six hours she currently has. Daphne believes sleep is very important, but would only really be concerned if she felt she couldn’t get to sleep.
Daphne generally feels she sleeps well, largely because she is able to get to sleep almost straight away. Daphne usually reads a book before trying to go to sleep and finds that helps, as long as the book is light and easy to read. During the first part of the night Daphne sleeps very deeply, but does find she wakes up several times in the early hours of the morning, so may only get about 5 to 6 hours of sleep a night. When Daphne wakes up she finds that if she counts slowly this will usually help her get to sleep again, and she tries not to get up in the night as she believes this wakes her up more.
Daphne is very active during the day, looking after her house and garden and often walks and takes the bus to go shopping. Daphne does find that if she sits down after lunch she may drop off to sleep for about 10-15 minutes, but doesn’t think this affects her sleep at night time.
When she wakes up in the morning Daphne finds she very quickly starts thinking about all the things she has to do, and so when she is on holiday or is staying somewhere else Daphne sleeps better because she knows there is no need to get up and do household chores.
Daphne’s advice to others for a good night’s sleep is not to drink coffee or eat after 9 pm as this will interfere with the quality of sleep.