For quite a while now, I’ve been trying to figure out how to manage medication sedation. Recently, I’ve been experimenting with where I sleep in the house. Because I can’t be moving the bed all of the time, I’ve been sleeping in makeshift beds. I tried 3 different beds on the hardwood floor:
- A blanket underneath me
- A thin foam pad with a blanket over it
- A camping thermarest with the foam pad on top, covered by a blanket
The Goldilocks Bed for Sedated People
This turned out to be a bit of a Goldilocks story of how I get a restful sleep, but manage to wake up easier in the morning.
With just the blanket underneath, the hardwood floor was too harsh, and my hips and shoulders would get sore and make my sleep very unrestful.
With the camping thermarest and foam pad, the makeshift bed was too comfortable… I fell back into my old habits from sleeping in a bed and sleeping for 12+ hours.
With the thin foam pad, it was comfortable enough to get a solid rest, yet uncomfortable enough that I wouldn’t want to stay in bed after my alarm starts going off.
What’s interesting is, there have been days where I hit the snooze button over and over again, but generally when I do that and I’m in bed, I eventually give up and just turn the alarm off and go back to sleep. With the Goldilocks bed, I don’t give up and go back to sleep because the bed is uncomfortable enough that by the time I’m turning off my alarm completely, my body and mind is ready just enough to pull myself out of bed.
That being said, there will inevitably be times where I’m going to oversleep regardless. In those moments, I do my best to manage my expectations. I explain managing expectations in more detail in this post.
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