This is my sleep experience:
- Need 10-11 hours of sleep each night and don't always feel refreshed even then. Am a zombie on less. Prior to motherhood, I always thrived on 9 hours, which is more than average, but felt well-rested at that. But 10-11 is ridiculous, and I also resent how it steals time from my waking hours too.
- Can't always achieve deep sleep. Often am semi-conscious much of the night.
- If I am awakened for whatever reason, it takes hours to get back to sleep.
- I've never been an "asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow" person, so this isn't new, but it can take a while to get to sleep at night, even though I'm tired.
- I have a good sleep environment set up, so I don't think it's an issue of temperature (bedroom is cool and I have all the blankets I want), light (bedroom is dark), or noise (generally enjoy quiet). I also sleep alone now, except for my cat (who is a comfort).
I have sometimes used L-theanine, which really helps me achieve deeper sleep. I can't take it for more than 2 days in a row, though, or its effectiveness declines sharply. On the other hand, the effect lasts for more than one day even if I just take it one night. I don't think it has completely solved whatever issue I have, though, because I still need a lot of sleep and don't bounce out of bed like I used to, pre-motherhood.
I see people all around me using CPAP machines and it seems like a sleep study might be a good idea. However, I am looking for other things to try as I am not prepared to cough up a $1,000 deductible for this.
If it matters, I do not snore (confirmed by other people). Probably doesn't mean anything.
What are other things I could consider or try?