Valerie often wakes up in the night and can’t get back to sleep. This means she will be very tired by the early evening, but will try not to go to bed too early because she doesn’t want to waste the evening.
Valerie noticed a change in her sleep after starting her own business as the Managing Director of care facilities for older people. Valerie was very concerned for the health and wellbeing of the people she was responsible for and this often kept her awake at night worrying about them. She feels that this was the start of her more serious sleep problems.
At the moment, Valerie wakes up frequently in the night, and can’t get back to sleep. Sometimes she gets up and makes a cup of tea and reads the newspaper, before going back to bed to go to sleep. She would like to have about 6 to 7 hours of sleep a night, but doesn’t really feel she gets this very often. Whilst she often wakes up feeling refreshed, Valerie gets very tired by about 6 o;clock in the evening and sometimes struggles to stay awake.
Valerie likes to keep busy during the day by looking after her family, her home and her pets, and every day takes her dogs for very long walks. She feels that as long as she can keep on doing these activities then she should not worry too much about not having enough sleep, although she would like to be able to sleep better than she does.