Margaret is a retired Day Centre Manager and formerly a social worker. She spent long periods of her childhood in hospital where part of the routine was to put children outside in the fresh air. Margaret believes this still influences her now as she likes to wake up to daylight in her room. Margaret noticed her sleep started to worsen about 10-15 years ago, and used to worry about not having enough sleep, but has now found a way to cope and feels content with the amount of sleep she gets.
Margaret has found her sleep has changed over the last ten to 15 years. She is usually in bed by about 10 pm and catches up with the news. She then finds she sleeps very deeply until about 2 am, then wakes up and feels wide awake. She deals with this by reading boring books which send her off to sleep, and she can repeat this up to 2 or 3 times a night, on a bad night. Margaret originally used to read interesting books at night to stop thinking and worrying about past events, but found the book kept her awake, whereas a boring book will send her to sleep in about ten minutes.
Because Margaret is busy and on the go all day, she finds she needs to take a nap during the day, usually after lunch, or in the evening before supper. This helps her to keep going and is a good investment as it gives her more energy to do the things she wants to do. Margaret doesn’t believe napping during the day affects how she sleeps at night and firmly believes sleep is very important, Margaret is content with the amount of sleep she gets now, even though it is considerably less than she used to get. If her sleep does worsen, Margaret would consider going to her doctor.