I have a hard time sleeping if I perceive there to be any problem with my sleeping environment. I have developed a whole host of things I obsess over when I travel. Initially, my biggest issue was noise--car noise, electronic noise, random hummings, rattles, etc. Next, I added smells to the list. Smoke smells will keep me up all night. Strong perfume smells will do the same. Next, I started obsessing over the pillows (height, softness, length, and number (I need at least 3)). I could go on, but I think you get the point. Addressing each of these issues is not plausible. There are few bedrooms that don't have at least one or more bothersome traits. It seems like I need to learn to not be so picky.
Yes, I've lived a soft and privilaged life. This is a problem of luxury. I also think it borders on mental illness. I've mentioned it to psycologists in the past, but I never really got the problem addressed more than superficially.
Ultimately, my question is: any advice to solving this problem? Any approach I could take from a psychological standpoint? Should I address this as someone would obsessive behavior? I'd love to be flexible in my sleep requirements. I'd love to be able to travel the world and not be groggy and sleep-deprived while doing it.
is definitely related, but it seems like I don't need super-human sleep ability--I just want to be relatively normal. (And I'd rather not go as far as join the army).