In addition to her formal career, Juliet has had a range of voluntary jobs such as Chairman of the Preschool Playgroup Association. Juliet was also employed as an Ofsted Lay School Inspector. Juliet is an avid silver surfer and thoroughly enjoys online shopping and writing emails. She has had rheumatoid arthritis for about 15 years and has also been diagnosed with diabetes, both of which interfere with her sleep.
Juliet often experiences very disturbed sleep, largely as a result of her rheumatoid arthritis. This disease causes her a lot of pain and discomfort and she finds it difficult to stay in one position during the night. Although she has a special bed to help with her sleep, Juliet can find herself waking up three or four times in the night. But rather than lay in bed and try to get back to sleep, Juliet finds the best strategy is to wake herself up fully, have a hot drink and perhaps watch television, go on the computer, or read a book, until she feels ready to try and get back to sleep again. Juliet doesn’t usually have a problem getting to sleep, but finds staying asleep during the night is the main issue.
Juliet’s physiotherapist recommended she have a sleep during the day, but Juliet is loathe to do this because she feels it might interfere with her night time sleep even more, and she doesn’t like to have set daytime routines, so feels that a nap would not fit into this. Occasionally, though, Juliet does fall asleep in the chair in the afternoon, usually if she is watching television. If this does happen, Juliet feels this is for the right reason, that is her body is telling her she needs a nap.
Whilst Juliet does have quite difficult sleep, she tries not to worry about it and feels that if she has a particularly bad night, she is likely to be able to make up for it on subsequent nights.