Finding Sleep

I have had a lot of trouble sleeping lately, for the first time in my life.  I’ve always sort of prided myself on being the kind of person who can sleep anywhere, anytime, no fussing or bouts with insomnia.  I like sleep, I need sleep, I have no no high-maintenance needs or any requirement for sleep aids.  I was always just a good sleeper (newborn years included–I could always fall back to sleep when the baby fell asleep).

Suddenly in the last few weeks though, I’ve been awake for an hour or even two or more hours after I get in bed, just lying there waiting for sleep to find me.

It makes me cranky.  Not just the lack of sleep, which is bad enough, but my sudden and newly developed inability to just. fall. asleep.

It could be a phase, for sure–I just started a new job so my mind is spinning a lot more on different topics, the kids haven’t had a solid week of a normal school routine since I think before Christmas, it’s been so cold and snowy I haven’t been getting as much exercise, it’s been a difficult few weeks and months with preteen challenges and other parenting fun.  There are lots of potential factors.

I just know I need some sleep.  I’m tired and frustrated. 

So I’m trying some new things.  Music in my room.  Making sure to get a workout or some physical activity in each day so I’m good and tired at night.  No coffee or other caffeine after 5PM. 

I may try getting some essential oils that are supposed to aid in sleep naturally, and I know a glass of red wine probably wouldn’t hurt every now and then either.

I’m just hoping this new pattern isn’t around to stay.  We change the clocks this weekend, which is a misery enough by itself without adding preexisting sleep deprivation to the mix.

Mama needs a nap.

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3 thoughts on “Finding Sleep

  1. Mish

    I’m a very light sleeper. VERY. I find that 1 Benadryl helps me sleep through the night with no weirdness and it isn’t impossible to wake me – as it would be with melatonin or another sleep aid.

    I’ve heard from some in the medical community that Benadryl is one of the most benign drugs made.

    Another tip is to write a to do list before you go to bed. Keep it, with a pencil, on your bedside table. Now you don’t have to think about what needs to be done tomorrow and if you remember something else you can quickly jot it down to get it out of your brain.

    Good luck.

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    1. Jessica Post author

      Matt and I were just talking about the to-do list idea and that that might help me! Thank you Mish. 🙂 I’m also looking at some essential oils that are supposed to be very helpful. I’ll let you know what I think!

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