Jacqui lives with her partner and works part-time as a care worker. She slept well as a child, but noticed a dramatic change in her sleep when she became a stewardess, and when she got married. She believes the different shifts she worked and jet lag caused a change in her sleeping pattern. Eventually she went to the doctor for some mild sleeping tablets, which she took occasionally over the years. Currently Jacqui is sleeping much better and has not taken any sleeping tablets for a few years.
Jacqui feels that her sleep has been bad on and off throughout her life, except in childhood, and at these times takes a mild sleeping tablet, prescribed by her doctor, just long enough to get her back into a better sleeping pattern. Jacqui believes her poor sleep originated when she worked as a stewardess and had to do long haul flights.
Jacqui can only sleep when it is very dark and wonders if this is because she has memories of being taken to sleep into the darkness of air raid shelters when she was a small child during the second world war. For this reason, Jacqui feels she sleeps a bit better in the winter when it stays darker longer and hates to have any light coming into her room.
Because she works long hours as a relief care worker, Jacqui may have a short nap on the sofa, or if she is very tired, go to bed for an hour or so, so that she can get on and do all the things she wants to do.
Jacqui strongly believes that sleep is very important for her health and wellbeing, along with healthy eating, and regular exercise. Jacqui regularly visits the gym, swims and does Pilates classes. She finds she sleeps much better after she has exercised, particularly after a Pilates class as she finds this most relaxing.