Ronald finds he usually gets about 6 to 7 hours sleep a night, but this is disturbed by having to get up and go to the toilet. Although he usually drops off to sleep straight away, occasionally he finds he can’t get to sleep, or wakes up in the night and can’t get back to sleep, so on these occasions he tries counting sheep, but this doesn’t always work. Ronald noticed a change in his sleep pattern when he took early retirement because of health problems, and the change in his daily routine.
Ronald finds he often drops off to sleep in the evening if he has had a particularly busy day, such as working in the garden, but doesn’t mind this as he counts it in his daily total of sleep and helps to make up the amount he feels he needs. He has noticed that if he doesn’t get enough sleep he feels irritable.
When Ronald wakes up in the night he wouldn’t consider coming downstairs because he feels this would wake him up more and he would find it very difficult to get back to sleep, so he would rather stay in bed. Sometimes if he is very tired Ronald finds his legs twitch and it is difficult to get them to keep still.
Ronald likes to keep mobile and still drives and does everything that needs to be done in the house and garden, and occasionally also helps other older people with their gardens. Ronald feels it is very important to be independent and to be physically and mentally active.