You’ve tried warm milk, you’ve counted sheep (and goats and clouds), you’ve read all about melatonin and you’ve meditated. Your doctor says there’s maybe a prescription you can try, but you’ve heard about side effects and other issues. There must be another option, right?
When you are lying awake, there are many things that could be going through your mind. All the things you need to do tomorrow. All the things you wished you’d gotten done today. And, perhaps, all the things you’d like to blame for being awake in the first place.
Thinking about why you have insomnia can actually be quite productive because if you and your healthcare provider can figure out what’s causing your insomnia, maybe you can figure out a way to fix it and get some darn sleep.
Topics: Causes of Insomnia
Do you have good sleep habits? Are you giving yourself the best shot at a solid night's sleep? Whether you have severe insomnia or occasional restless nights, your daily routines actually can make a difference in your sleep. Even if these techniques don't solve your sleep issues, they certainly can help you get closer to doing so. So, since we're awake anyway, let's review the basics of a good sleep hygiene.
When I can't sleep, everything changes. My mood, my priorities, my patience, my eating habits, my thinking, and even my appearance. It's to the point where I think there are two me's. There's normal, rested me. And then there's the increasingly common sleepless me. In some ways, my two me's correspond with the two worlds that I live in. There's the "I SLEPT!" daytime world where I get things done, have fun, and live my life. And then there's the fuzzy, grey world that I inhabit when I've gotten maybe 4 hours of sleep, night after night after night.
Here we go again. It's the middle of the night and I'm awake. The cat is staring at me. The dog is snoring. Coyotes are yipping outside (yes, I live where there are coyotes - big ones) and the rest of my family is blissfully in dreamland. Whatever sleep-promoting techniques I employed today (see my other blog on sleep hygiene) have failed me and I just don't know... will I be up until I hear the coffeemaker start to automatically percolate? Or will this be a just a blip in an otherwise peaceful night? The answer could depend on what I do next.
Topics: Sleep Tips