Thursday, April 15, 2010

"There's no relief, I'm wide awake in my kitchen, It's black and I'm lonely, Oh, if I could only get some sleep..."

I need my sleep. If you know one thing about me, know that I can be very cranky if I don't get enough of it. I'm generally in bed by 10:30 at the latest during the week. My alarm is set for 7, but I'm typically awake before that.

I have an internal alarm so if I just tell myself when I need to be up, my brain wakes my body up just slightly before that time. Unless I'm medicated in some way, this has worked flawlessly for some time now.

On a typical night, I wake up one time, usually around 4am, for a bathroom run. I try to keep myself in a hazy state, not really awake, but not asleep, so that when I make it back to the bed, I have no problem returning to a dream state.

Not this week. For the past several nights, I've woken up sometime between 3:30 & 4:45 and have not been able to fall back asleep. So I've laid there for hours, trying desperately to clear my mind.

My husband is a big believer in meditation, so I've tried doing that occasionally. I've counted sheep and just about every other method I could think of to get back to sleep. Last night, I even took a unisom, but I still woke up at 3:30.

I know it's because I have too many thoughts running through my head. Things that need to be finished before the shower on Saturday, not too mention the depression this has brought on. Hopefully, after Saturday is over, things will return to normal. Only 2 more nights to go!


  1. Melatonin, girl! It's completely natural. it's something your body already has. Take 1. It's only 3 mg. I am serious. Kids can take them! LOL. I got mine in Walmart's vitamin section. I never took it but i also MUST HAVE my sleep. MUST. If i am not in bed by 10, 10:30 at the lastest, then i am crabby the next day at work.

    I do a lot of theatre & when i come home from rehearsal it's about 10:30 or so & i am so keyed up from theatre! I couldn't go to sleep for HOURS & considering i MUST HAVE 8 hours of sleep, it just was not good! i was telling a friend this & she recommended Melatonin. She gave me a few to try out. I took one, sometimes two at night. You can take it 30 minutes before the time you wanna go to sleep. They don't knock you out totally or make you feel drugged. But you will find it easier to go to sleep!

  2. Thanks Melissa! I hadn't heard of using melatonin before, but I bought it yesterday and tried it for the first time last night. I didn't sleep through the night, but the sleep I did get was very restful. I felt so much better this morning!!! Thanks again! =)