Insomnia sucks ass. Seriously.
It seems as though I may never kick it. I've dealt with it, on and off, since I was about 15 years old. In the last several years it's unfortunately been on more often than not.
Whether it's not being able to fall asleep at all. (This has been the norm of late.) Starring at the ceiling, then the window, then the wall, is so much fun.
Falling asleep, than waking up 2-3 hours later. Really nice after you've had a small taste of slumber.
Falling asleep, waking up, falling asleep, waking up, all through the night. This is when your just pissed off by the time 3a.m. rolls around.
I think I need to finish up and start some new knitting projects. It's a different head space that I need to be in. A diversion that I need, which reading, watching t.v., or listening to an audiobook does not provide. Plus there's the bonus of making something for yourself or checking Christmas/birthday presents off of my list. Now is the perfect time to get gifts out of the way. I wonder if I can actually do that this year. Mmm, back to topic.
I think I'm concentrating so much on work that I'm letting it consume me, which isn't necessarily bad, but it's also consuming my sleep.
The less sleep that I get, the longer it takes me to get any kind of work done. Which I think is normal, for most people. My comprehension really suffers. If I'm not 'getting it' I can stare at a page for hours.
So what am I going to do that is within my control to combat my insomnia.
- Stop working at a set time every evening, unless I have a deadline. That can't be helped sometimes.
- Keep a pen and a pad of paper beside my bed. If I have an idea in the middle of the night, I can purge it and get back to sleep. This happens a lot & I should have been doing this already.
- Wake up and go to bed at the same time everyday. I wake up at the same time everyday. Going to bed at the same time is harder because I work past my eyes turning red & burning. I'll try my best though.
- Meditation. It does work for me, if I'm not tired & if I'm consistent with the practice. I'm working on not being tired all the time. I've found that I have to meditate in the morning or during the day, otherwise it will keep me awake. I was told a long time ago by a teacher that in the beginning of your practice you can meditate and then fall asleep. Very true for me. The better you become the more awake and alert you will be after meditation. This is very true for me. If I meditate within a few hours of bedtime, I'll be wide awake all night.
- Having a clean & organized bedroom. I don't know why this helps, but for me clutter is not conducive to good sleeping.
- If I am awake, do not look at the clock. I've trained myself out of checking the time. The only thing it does is make me frustrated and mad that I'm not asleep yet. Agitation does not = falling asleep.
- My body likes a cool room. If I can have a window open, with a cool breeze coming in, all the better. If not, a rotating fan will do. I think it helps to regulate my body temperature.
- Stretching, to get the kinks out. I have a lot of pain and stiffness everyday. Stretching is a must. If my body is not relaxed, my mind can't relax either.
- I don't watch the news, before bed. I don't want to hear bad/sad news before I go to sleep.
- Running/hard exercise. When I was able to, I would go for a run at 11:30p.m. When I got back I was ready to sleep. I never understood how people say exercise gives you a high. Not for me and I know I'm not the only one. If I exercise first thing in the morning, I'm dragging for the rest of the day.
- Shades. Proper window covering is vital. I like the blackout ones. When I see the sun coming up, forget it. I might as well just get up, regardless if it's only 5:20a.m. What am I getting up that early for? I don't have any babies.
- Asking the night owls/early risers to keep the noise down. I'm a light sleeper. I can hear the click of the front door, downstairs, through my closed door. Not fun at all.
What doesn't work for me.
- Over-the-counter/prescription/natural sleep aides. I've tried them all, several times over.
- Drinking warm milk, sleep aide teas. The only thing it does is make me have to get up & go #1. Very annoying.
- A warm bath/shower. It raises my body temperature too much, making it hard to fall and stay asleep.
- Not having central air. I can't sleep if I'm slowly sweating to death.
- Being cold. In the past, I've been so cold that I was shivering. I don't care how tired you are. Sleep will not come, if you're freezing.
- Intense emotions. If I had an argument or if I'm worry about someone, sleep won't come. So I try and deal with the issue at the time, so I can rest my mind.
- Counting sheep. I get bored too easily. I also get distracted easily. I start thinking about other things and my mind starts racing once again.
- Reading. I'll get into the book and not want to put it down. Next thing I know it's 2a.m. Not good.
- C-Pap. I have it and use it, but it doesn't seem to work anymore. Maybe time to get the settings changed.
Do you suffer from insomnia, or live with someone who does? What do you/they do about it, when conventional methods don't work?
Till next time,