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For the first time in weeks, I had a good night’s sleep last night. My Jawbone Up reported five glorious hours of deep sleep (plus two hours of light sleep); I haven’t felt this refreshed in weeks.

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A sight for tired eyes.

For some reason, I’ve had a really hard time falling asleep and staying asleep lately. I don’t drink caffeine after noon, I shut down electronics hours before bedtime, I don’t work out close to bedtime (90% of the time), and I’m not particularly anxious or excited about anything.

I’ve never had a problem sleeping. I’ve fallen asleep quickly and stayed asleep (minus a couple of trips to the bathroom) for as long as I can remember, so this sleep problem comes completely out of left field.

This week, I’ve been reading before bed (books, magazines, whatever) and taking melatonin, which has helped a lot. I think a nightly routine that includes reading in some capacity (preferably sans an electronic screen) may be the trick to turning off my brain for nightly slumber.