I am a five-a-day girl. Five hours of sleep a night, that is.


My sleep issues started when I was in my mid-twenties, thanks to work stress and imposter syndrome – and they’ve been ever present in my life since. Safe to say, 2020 hasn’t helped matters.


I have no trouble falling asleep. A mere two pages into a book and I’m nodding off  – I’m reading Troy by Stephen Fry at the moment and it’s excellent so can’t be blamed. The problem is staying asleep. I wake at 3am-ish most nights and remain awake and restless for the next two or three hours, before falling back asleep 30 minutes before my alarm goes off. I then mainline coffee to get through the day, while trying not to overeat, dose off at my desk or, god forbid, look in the mirror.


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