Mary is a retired Secretary and travel organiser. She lives on her own, but has a daughter and grandchildren living nearby. Mary likes to keep very active during the day and helps with looking after the grandchildren. She also attends Keep Fit and Tai Chi and likes to sew and do crafts. Mary believes sleep is very important and would like to have more sleep, but also feels that she doesn’t want to waste time sleeping as there are so many things she enjoys doing.
Since her heart attack some four years ago, Mary has been very careful about her health and makes sure she eats a balanced diet and gets plenty of exercise. Mary noticed her sleep changed about this time, but isn’t sure of the cause, although thinks it may be connected to the medication she takes. Mary has noticed that if she has things to worry about this really disturbs her sleep. She finds herself thinking about her problems in the night, but in the morning realises they weren’t as serious as they appeared in the night.
Before Mary goes to bed she has a cup of Horlicks, but isn’t sure that helps with her sleep because she sleeps just as well when she only drinks water. She also doesn’t think it is a good idea to eat before going to bed, so avoids eating anything after her evening meal. Mary does take a glass of water to bed with her, and in the morning can tell if she has woken up in the night because the glass of water will be empty.
Mary hates wasting time in bed in the morning and would much rather get up and get on with things. Similarly, Mary does not want to sleep during the day, and if she occasionally sits down and dozes off after lunch, she gets very cross with herself. Instead of taking a nap during the day, Mary would much rather go for a walk. As Mary is so busy with things to do during the day, she doesn’t have time to take a nap, but sometimes during the evening, or when at the cinema she may fall asleep because she is resting.