I’ve had sleeping issues lately. And by lately, I mean for forever.

I mainly have trouble falling asleep. I’m not sure if it’s some of my own issues or if it may at least in part be due to some of the medications that I’ve been on over the past years. I tend to have trouble just shutting my mind down. I start thinking about things I need to get done or stressing out about any number of things.

I’ve taken melatonin in the past. The stuff really does work, but I don’t want to become dependent on it. Also, I tend to wake up groggy, even if I get a full 8 hours of sleep.

I’ve been trying some new things to help me sleep. A friend suggested forming some bedtime rituals to help prepare yourself for sleeping. She’s learned that having particular habits for each of your senses helps you wind down. I’ve started drinking herbal tea at the end of the day. I have a sleep aromatherapy body lotion that I use as I head to bed. So that takes care of taste and smell. I don’t know that I can do a sound. Both Jarrod and I prefer quiet while we sleep.

Sight is also difficult because Jarrod and I have gotten into the habit of watching TV as we get ready for bed. I know this is one of the worst things you can do because the lights and colors and sound are all distracting. Plus, the light also suppresses the release of melatonin. (Aha!) I know cutting out the TV is one of the first things I should do.

How about you? Do you have any rituals you do before bed? Or any secrets that help you get to sleep?

8 thoughts on “Insomniac

  1. bittercharm

    Eating early and giving my self a buffer time in bed, before i really have to sleep, helps me relax faster. i never check time just before sleeping as it scares me to death, so i have reoccurring alarms. see if it can help you too.

      1. bittercharm

        he he i know what you mean. the best way to go about is, to fix the routine for your guy , and you can just go along… while he can do all the whining about hating to follow a routine…

  2. fullfrontalostomy

    Have you considered taking Melatonin? They have the kind now that dissolve on your tongue if you have issues with pills.I do that and also practice deep breathing (with NO TV!!). And I try to not eat two hours before bed. Warmed milk sometimes helps. And if you have caffeine, keep your intake prior to 4 or 5 pm (depends on when you aim to go to bed).

    1. smlhughes Post author

      Melatonin is my go-to solution in a pinch, but I don’t like the idea of needing to take something in order to fall asleep. Plus, the next morning, it’s always a lot harder to get going. I like the breathing exercise idea. I’m gonna give that a try.

  3. Reagan

    You could save that incrediblyBORING book for right before bedtime. You can inch through it page by page and then not feel guilty for falling asleep 🙂 Try War and Peace, or A Tale of Two Cities. 🙂

  4. Hannah Lindsey

    I’ve had insomnia problems for years too…. I sometimes go nights without sleeping at all and then spend the whole day in a weird daze. One of the best things I’ve learned to do when I simply can’t sleep because my mind is racing is meditating. Not for religious reasons, of course, but just for peace of mind. It really, really works for sleeping problems and in general just to organize thoughts and clear your head. I learned to So-Hum technique, which is super easy to do and isn’t about anything more than balancing your thoughts and calming you down. You should try it 🙂

    here’s a website i just found that can help if you’re interested

    love you <3

  5. Lynn N.

    Guess what…there’s an app for that! I found Buddify on iTunes. It’s a series of guided meditations for a variety of situations. I find it easier to listen to a lovely voice rather than try and listen to myself say “RELAX!!!” Give it a go!


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