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The great podcast cull of 2020

I’ve been scrolling through Overcast (my podcatcher of choice) over the past few weeks and ruthlessly Kondoing all the podcasts that fail to spark joy in my heart. This morning I deleted one as I was halfway through listening to its latest episode. I can hardly name names because some of them were so forgettable […]

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Reaping the deep sleep

Thought it was about time for an update on my sleep therapy. I’ve got an appointment at the sleep clinic later this month, but really the only reason I’m keeping it is because I don’t want to go all the way to the back of the queue if problems arise again. First of all, the […]

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How do you sleep?

Just finished week 5 of the Sleepio course, and things are looking up. My sleep restrictions have been lifted by 15 minutes for each of the past two weeks, and I can now go to bed at an entirely reasonable 11:30pm. My sleep pattern also looks fairly mainstream, with a few good stretches of deep […]

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And so to brood

I have to say, I could see this moment coming. If you have a modicum of intelligence and an analytical bent, you can’t keep a sleep diary for very long without realising a few things. It was simply a matter of waiting for the shoe to drop. Obvious things like caffeine and alcohol and the  […]

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The quality of drowsy is not trained

Having completed my second on-line Sleepio CBT session, and my first week of sleep diary, it’s clear that this process is primarily designed to retrain your thinking about sleep. It’s also clear that this process can only work if you’re willing to give it a go and have a positive and humble attitude. Reading some […]

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Sleep less with the rattle

Day 6. I woke up for that last time this morning, telling myself it was probably 4 a.m. Pitch dark, of course, and quiet, as it usually is around here. No milkman to wake me up in Auxelles Bas, though there is the chance of a rooster or a donkey.  The day before after the […]

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Slepys Diary: andso tobed

So here we are then, four days after the doctor’s visit. I found a fix for the lying-awake-thinking-about-the-diary problem by buying a cheap* Fitbit Versa. It lacks many of the activity features of the more expensive Fitbits, but it does track your sleep, which is more than an Apple Watch can manage (out of the […]