Better. A Little, Anyway.August 30, 2011 at 10:50 am | Posted in Cult of Personality | 8 Comments
Thanks all for the insomnia suggestions on my post yesterday.
I still can’t put a finger on WHY I haven’t been able to sleep. I know it’s probably some combination of allergies and low-grade stress over SOMETHING. But I have no idea what.
However. I am tired of not sleeping.
So last night I brought out the Big Guns.
First, I took 3mg of melatonin 1 hour before I thought I might want to go to bed.
Last night, J asked me You haven’t TAKEN anything to help with the sleep issues? For a whole WEEK?
I, uh, might be a little stubborn when it comes to taking a sleep aid. Partly because my alarm rings at 4:30 every morning and I need to run – seriously, today was an 8 miler! – but also partly because I’m terrified of exacerbating my sleep issues with getting addicted to a sleep aid, thereby ruining my sleep FOREVER!
Okay, that might be a little dramatic. Sleep deprivation does it to you.
But my sister RAVES about melatonin. And it’s natural, and not something that would put me to sleep and make me loopy the next morning.
So I took a tablet just before I put O to bed last night.
Second? I went to bed at the FIRST SIGN of sleepiness.
This has been one of my issues, I think, for a couple of weeks now. J is a night owl. I am not.
To compromise, on the days where we go to bed together, I stay up later than I would normally and try not to nag him into bed. (Though honestly, 95% of the time I’m all bitchy, asking Can we go to bed now?)
I noticed on Sunday night that I seemed to get a second wind around 10:30, and from then it was impossible for me to fall asleep. Sucked.
So last night, I got ready for bed as soon as I left O’s room for the night. And as soon as I felt a TINY measure of sleepiness, I went right upstairs and turned off the light.
I seriously felt like I was putting a baby to bed – Don’t miss the sleep window! – but it was my way of attacking the “I can’t FALL asleep” issue.
Finally, I turned my alarm clock around so I really had to crane my neck to see the time just before I turned out the light.
And yes, I woke up nearly as much as I have been waking up over the past week.
But! instead of feeling that vague sense of panic when I realized I was awake, yet again, I just allowed myself to turn over & get comfortable again. I kept my breathing long and slow, willing my mind to slow down and relax.
Consequently, I woke up this morning just before my alarm feeling a lot more refreshed than I have in the past week.
It’s better. Not perfect yet, but much better.