I have tried Nytol in the past.....although it does help me to sleep, it leaves me feeling really doped up for virtually the whole of the morning the next day, which I really don't like. Perhaps I'm ultra sensitive to it. However, I know that a big reason why I've been feeling so stressed lately is not so much the stresses/problems themselves, but the fact that I've had so little sleep which has left me feeling unable to cope with even one more tiny thing. So getting more sleep is a priority. I found out in the chemist that Nytol comes in 2 strengths (I didn't know that before, think I must have had the stronger one), so got the weaker one....the dosage is 2 tabs, but I took just the one last night. Guess what, I slept for just over 7 hours and don't feel all dopey this morning, and I feel heaps better, much more alive and even quite cheerful.....result! I reckon if I take just one tablet, maybe once or twice a week, then that should sort me out. So thanks to those of you who suggested the Nytol.
It helps too that it's lovely and sunny, it's a real mood lifter. We decided to forget everything that needs doing at home and have a day out yesterday, so took a picnic and decided to go to the beach. On the way, we deviated and had a drive round a couple of local villages that we've passed by no end of times but never actually visited....they're so pretty, one in particular, it made a nice change to be sort of touristy in our own area. Although it was gloriously sunny yesterday, there was a bitingly cold breeze, certainly not warm enough to sit out in. So we parked on the beach and ate our picnic in the car looking out to sea and watching the dog walkers, it was really nice. I know our beaches aren't anything like as nice as Cornish ones, but I still feel so privileged and happy to live just a few minutes' drive away from a beach. Particularly when up until 5 years ago we lived in the Midlands, just about as far away from a beach as it was possible to be.
On our way back from the beach we stopped off at the garden centre, needed to pick up a few more strawberry plants. It was obviously a pensioners day out, there were several coachloads (literally, 3 or 4 coaches in the car park!) of them wandering around....it's a big garden centre. We were planning on having a latte in the restaurant, but it was full of pensioners....OH said he didn't want to sit in amongst a load of oldies in case he was mistaken for one, even though he is now technically a pensioner! Haha, bless him.
Husband's got a hospital appointment today, I'm getting him to drop me off in town first, so I can go to the library and have a mooch around the shops....it's so rare for me to be able to do that on my own these days, seeing as I can't drive and there's no public transport here, I can only get to the shops if he takes me. He hates shopping and I hate him being with me! It's like shopping with a small naughty child, he's bored all the time, slouches around with his hands in his pockets constantly moaning and asking if we can go home now, and is forever exclaiming loudly "HOW much?!?!?!" every time I pick something up (he lives in the dark ages when it comes to prices, he thinks everything over £5 is extortionate). So it will be a treat for me to be able to have a good browse on my own.....I don't even want to buy anything, it will just be nice to have a look.
Oh, and he's got a meeting with his manager at 4pm tomorrow, so hopefully all the details re his reduced hours will be sorted out then. About bloody time!