Saturday, January 16, 2010

You can't sleep... What do you turn to in hopes of falling asleep or embracing your insomnia?

I am about at my wits end... Do any of you feel ready to sleep around 8 o'clock in the evening? However, by the time you get the house closed down & get ready for bed and lay down you are wide awake??? I have tried the following:

* sleep aids (oral tablets) that I power right through, meaning they don't put me to sleep.
* tea (chamomile, lavender, mint) which only seem to make me get up and piddle a couple of times through the night
* staying up later - which is really tough since my alarm goes off at 4:10AM...

I can usually get in a couple hours of true sleep, but then around 11PM or 2AM I start tossing & turning and then my brain starts churning and I have a difficult time turning it off.

What I would give for a full 6-7 hours of uninterrupted sleep!!

Any suggestions????


11 comments:

Cop Mama said...

If I stay in bed when I'm awakened, all I do is think about and stress about not getting any sleep and I never get back to sleep.

Instead, when I'm awakened and I can't get back to sleep, I get up and have a small snack. Then, by the time I'm done eating, I am tired again and I can get back to sleep.

Nicolasa said...

I started lighting this lavender vanilla candle I got from Bath and Body Works and I also use the lavender vanilla pillow spray and it works wonders for me! Same for my dad! Good luck!

Oh, I have something for you on my blog, check it out if you want!

Jacquelin said...

I am having the same problem right now. I wake up about 3-4AM, eyes wide open. My mind is churning. I need to start using this time for writing down blogging ideas. I hope you find a solution soon!

Amanda Lynn said...

Oh my goodness. I have this exact same problem right now. My latest thing has been drinking NO caffeine during the day, it has been a challenge and I have been trying to work through the caffeine headaches but it seems to be working, I actually slept through the night last night...

New England Girl said...

I struggle with this sometimes, too, and I have yet to find a solution that works for me. It's tough getting to sleep, especially when your mind is all wound up and you keep thinking how much you do want to sleep. :( I hope you get some rest soon... It's awful having to embrace little to no sleep and then be productive and cheery all day!

A Refocused Life said...

I related! After trying everything, I finally went to my doctor and begged for help. For the past year I have taken a half of the smallest dose of Ambien every night. It has changed my 'sleeping' life.

Brittany said...

Leslee, isn't this a hormonal thing too? Seems so many ladies I know PM have this issue. I'm pretty sure you excercise regularly, but can you find an excercise to do that is more vigorous? Not even sure if you are able to with your shoulder. Jay and I are doing spin classes 3-4 times a week and man oh man, we sleep well:)

Tracy-Girl said...

I have a similar problem, and it is so frustrating. You may want to pay a visit to your doctor - sometimes they have sleeping aids that are stronger when you are really desperate. Also, hot baths seem to help me wind down! I would love to do dinner sometime and learn some crockpot recipes... :)

Leslee said...

Thank you all for your thoughtful hints!!

I will be looking into the suggestions that I have not tried yet!!

Wish me luck!

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Angie Vik said...

I've heard, and I don't know for sure if this is true or not, that if you can't sleep, stay in bed with the lights off because your body is resting even if your mind isn't. I've done this before and I'm not quite as tired the next day as I would be if I'd have been up out of bed.

However, sometimes I can't sleep because my mind is spinning and running in circles, thinking about the same things over and over. Then I need to break the cycle, so I'll read to take my mind off whatever thoughts were running compulsively through my head.

Some nights though, when I can't sleep, I just get up and go on my computer and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Hope this gets better for you. It's no fun to be tired.