Remembering to Breathe

Obviously most of the time you don’t even think about breathing. However, recently as I have been trying to get to sleep for my intraday naps it has been one of the few things left to think about. I find that as I lie down to go to sleep I find myself thinking a lot about office politics and I’d really rather be asleep (sadly just thinking about office politics does not send me to sleep as it would most people).

One of the oldest and most reliable ways to get to sleep is to “count sheep” I find imagining sheep to be too hard so I just try and count. Unfortunately what ends up happening is that my breathing ends up getting into sync with my counting. Am I the only person this happens to? So I end up trying to think about breathing normally or breathing very slowly. If I try to focus to hard on the counting I end up forgetting to breathe and end up in a kind of splutter. It is a most peculiar side effect of this new sleeping pattern, which disappointingly led to a 7 hour continuous evening sleep last night which was far too long. I love the concentration and focus boosts all the naps are giving me but I was rather hoping for an overall reduction in total sleep. Maybe I was over tired as I did push it a little on Saturday with nearly 6 hours between naps.

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