Could there be some component of allergies affecting on the days when you mow the lawn? I don’t sleep as well when my allergies are really bad.
That said, as someone who’s suffered on and off (mostly blessedly off, these days) with not being able to sleep – there are few things that are more lonely and suck harder than lying in bed at 2 am and knowing you aren’t getting any sleep AGAIN tonight…..
I thought of that, but the only thing I’m actually allergic to is amoxicillin, and I figure there’s not a whole lot of it hiding in the grass — which leaves open the possibility that there’s a hitherto-undiscovered allergy out there.
Molds, which amoxicillin was once upon a time made from. Though it’s been pretty damn dry for any molds to activate.
I find if I work too hard (where “too hard” can be grading distressingly poor papers, or reading journal articles that make me feel guilty for not publishing more, or rushing around cleaning house) too soon before bed, I don’t sleep well. I can’t read work stuff right before bed, for example.
Have you tried to mow the grass directly before going to bed? I mean, if your physical activity happens in the morning, you have a whole day to recover and by 10pm, rested and full of enthusiasm, ready to start a new project.
Typically, a mowing session will begin around 10:30 am — much earlier than that and it annoys the neighbors — or around 5 pm. In terms of sleep impact, the afternoon sessions are worse, so there may be some recovery time involved.