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I need some sleep

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

I've been having trouble getting to sleep the last three nights. It's not that I'm overly stressed about anything bc thankfully I'm not right now. It's just that I've come to accept my occasional bouts of insomnia as a part of my life. In the past, doctors have prescribed sleeping pills but I've always been wary of becoming dependent on them so I took them sparingly. I don't think I have any on hand at the moment anyway.

I've always been a night owl, although having a child forced me to become more of a morning person than I ever imagined I'd be. For the most part, I go to bed at the same time as my DH, between 10 and 11 p.m. but then there are nights when I'll end up tossing and turning, wide awake if I try to go to bed at the usual time. So I don't. Instead I stay up Sparking or Facebooking or emailing. Occasionally I'll read a book I've checked out from the library. Those are the nights when I can't quiet my mind. It's full of thoughts and late at night all of them seem to be trying to burst out. I get little sleep by the time I actually hit the pillow, although I usually sleep soundly. But I don't feel tired the next day.

It isn't until the insomniac nights string together like this week that I start to feel tired. I was tired all day today, but couldn't take a nap bc of all the errands I had to do. I'm Sparking earlier tonight w/ the goal of going to bed earlier, going to bed at the same time as my DH. And hopefully my tired body will quiet my busy mind.
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  • RLMCCUE
    I wish that I had some suggestions about overcoming your insomnia, but I don't. I suffer from the same thing, it seems that I just can't turn off my mind.

    One experiment that I learned from my former therapist may work and is at least worth a try, I guess. She told me to go bed at my normal time, and if I couldn't get to sleep within a half an hour, get up, get dressed, and do chores for an hour, don't sit and read, play on the computer, or write in a journal; do something physical, like doing the dishes or cleaning. After an hour go back to bed, and if you don't get to sleep within a half an hour, get up and do it all again. I don't know if this would work for you.

    Good luck!
    3667 days ago
  • MMAE1234
    melatonin works for me.
    3667 days ago
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