I spend a good deal of energy trying to reduce our energy use as a family, I am regularly turning off lights, chargers, TVs, all that sort of thing. Sometimes though I forget to switch off my own brain. It’s not quite as easy as flicking a switch. Ooh it riles me when I write that – it really is as easy as flicking a switch, why is that so difficult for my housemates?
Anyway, back to switching off the brain. I finished a work day by continuing to work on a train journey and then switching to doing some volunteer work via emails and some thinking about a new project.
I didn’t stop when I got home and did some more thinking and emailing (apologies to those Scouts who I inundated with emails last night). I headed to bed later than I should have, but I did go through the usual rituals and I did unpack my case, so I thought I was well settled.
Nevertheless, I started to wake early, possible about 04.30 and my brain was already back in the Scout emails I had been occupied with last night. Not in a bad way, not worried or anxious, just back in that zone. I gave up trying to sleep at 05.30 and have done the emails before I can even settle to this. I don’t feel tired, I feel productive. I will not at 2pm this afternoon.
I am guessing that settling down to watch an hour or so of TV last night may have helped. It is these times that TV is perfect for moving my brain into a different space. It honestly did not occur to me to switch the TV on.
Or maybe I just need to accept that sometimes I just don’t sleep as well as I need to, and today will be hard, but it’s one tired day. I will of course be fine.