Recently, I’ve been trying out many new sleep strategies:
Background Music. On Friday, I tried background music. The soundtrack I chose was Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 (aka “Pastoral”). The setup worked well. Since I played the music from Spotify in the browser, there were no ads. Also, neither of my main concerns (the desktop PC not going to sleep after finishing the music, the turned on light from my speakers being too bright) were an issue.
Pastoral didn’t actually make me fall asleep faster, but was very relaxing. In the future, this could be something I do on nights where I feel like lying down earlier (i.e. if my arms are too tired to turn any more pages on my iPad).
Magnesium Citrate. It’s been over a week since I stopped taking 250mg of magnesium citrate pills before bed. There have been no major changes in my bowel movements. Sleep has been poor on a few days, but the lack of magnesium citrate is not to blame. For now, it seems safe to eliminate it from my diet.
Pillow Swap. I often find it hard to fall back asleep again after waking up at 5am. In the past, I used the “pillow swap strategy” where I switched out my pillow for a softer, squishier one. Since I’ve switched to the ComfortFit Curved, I have not done pillow swap…until last Thursday. The change did not help all that much and actually felt really weird. (I guess my neck is too used to the curvature + support.) In fact, simply flipping the ComfortFit Curved over made a bigger difference.
New Pajamas. On Saturday, I followed the advice of my mom (she thinks my tightfitting Smartwool pajamas are too warm for the summer) and switched. These new pajamas were bought on sale from either TJ Maxx or Target and are nothing special. The only reason I agreed to the switch is because my arms are feeling a little sore (the Smartwool can be a little hard to put on and take off because it is so tight).
As a side note, I minorly despise the artistic design of these new pajamas. They showcase Stewie Griffin with a seductive expression, hearts and “you know you want me” plastered all over. However, since this is a temporary switch, I’m not going to complain; as the wise old saying goes, function beats form. (Not to mention, pajamas are meant to be seen by no one.)