22:08

I am trying to remember the last time that I felt fully refreshed and 100% awake, and truthfully I cannot remember. Every morning I wake up for work slightly groggy and wishing I could turn over and go back to sleep.

As a human being we need to sleep to survive. Our body needs to rest and recuperate and our mind needs to ‘switch off’. Whilst I sleep for an appropriate number of hours each night, how is it that I always wake up tired? I have a semi-strict routine in the evenings to allow me to go to bed at a reasonable time. I get into bed early and try to unwind from the day’s activities. Despite this routine I find myself tossing and turning in the night struggling to truly ‘switch off’. My fitness band tracks my sleeping patterns and I tend to wake up multiple times in the night. I know that as we get older our quality of sleep deteriorates, whether that be because of lifestyle changes or health issues. I feel like my sleep structure has already shifted a little.

In my student life I could stay awake till 4am with no problems, and then sleep in till noon the next day. My body has become accustomed to a set routine for work: getting up early and sleeping early. Working life is tiring.

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22:26

The first week back to work after a holiday is always the hardest. Add in staff illness, throw in a few projects, plus early starts and late finishes due to over time, and you will have one tired employee.

After what seemed like the longest week; I finally have some time to myself. During my working week my evenings are filled with: dinner, social media check, shower, lunch preparation and then an early night. It does not deviate much because this routine keeps me feeling the most refreshed for work the next day. This weekend will be spent recharging before another long week of work.

Current feeling: drained and aching.