So if I said to you tonight you will have a perfect night’s sleep can you describe what that might be?
Going to sleep without a struggle and waking up knowing that I haven’t been awake earlier in the night.
So sleep right the way through?
And is there a time period when it would take place a length it would be?
It takes me by surprise, like this morning.
What do you mean by that then?
I was surprised when it was as late as quarter to six that I looked at the clock.
So a perfect night’s sleep would take you by surprise?
Sleeping uninterruptedly. Because even waking up, I have gone, you know, a lot of the times I go back to sleep again. I suppose occasionally something has woken us up, but that would be far less often then we have woken ourselves up. The other thing we are aware of, is that if one gets up and goes to the loo, the other one’s immediately awake. So we’re not sleeping very deeply some of the time.
What would your perfect length of sleep be?
Well I am aware that you need at least two hours in a block for quality sleep.
Oh right. Where did you hear that from?
Don’t know. I have known it for years. I must have read it in a few places. But you know, once you’re properly asleep it’s a two hour slot that is actually doing you any good, so I suppose subconsciously I don’t care if I’ve had at least two hours sleep.
So you would be quite happy, a perfect night would be if it was a good deep sleep to be two hours. Is that what you mean?
Yes. If it wasn’t every night. I am sure I need more than that on a more regular basis.