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Insomnia Strikes Again

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It’s 2:30 in the morning and even though I’m tired I just can’t fall asleep.  Actually that’s not entirely true. I fell asleep earlier then I woke up at around 1:30 and now I can’t fall back to sleep. It’s infuriating!

This has been happening to me more and more and I’m not sure why. Age maybe? Stress? My diet?

After laying in bed for about an hour with my mind racing while listening to the husband’s breathing I decided to stop fighting it and get up. Now I look like this…



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    April 23, 2014

    Sounds like the start of perimenopause to me.


    April 23, 2014

    I deal with that ALL THE TIME and it sucks! I totally feel your pain. Mine is stress related, I know for sure…and I have been dealing with it for several years, with no end in sight! I finally had to throw in the towel and bring it up to my dr. I take Melatonin (10mg) every single night, OTC Unisom most nights, and on the really bad nights when neither of those things are working for me, I have an Ambien and Xanax prescription. I try not to use those unless I have to…but after days, then weeks, then months of sleepless nights, I had no other choice. I was a walking zombie. And, yes, I tried everything imaginable before I resorted to medication! It is what it is…gotta have my sleep! Hope you find a remedy for your insomnia!


    April 23, 2014

    I’ve gone through a BIG stretch of insomnia and there were two apps that got me through it. One is called Calm – they have a website, and it’s all about meditation. That really helped the most and bled into other parts of my life as well (which was causing the insomnia). They have a whole section on relaxing your mind to fall asleep. I highly recommend it. Anytime I hear anyone say they have trouble sleeping, I instantly tell them about the app and website.
    The other app was a white noise app because I was super sensitive to any background noise and would wake up. So I would do about 10-15 minutes of meditation and then turn on the white noise app (with a timer to end after 30 minutes) and it has really helped my sleep!


    April 23, 2014

    sounds like jet lag

    Karen Bures

    April 23, 2014

    Try melatonin!! It’s a supplement not a sleeping pill and has helped me in this department.

    Dot ToTrot

    April 23, 2014

    Ugh! I just went thru a 2 week bout with insomnia, getting about 3-4 hours of sleep a night. This time around I did a few things to help me get back on track: 1. shut down all electronics by 9:00 p.m. to prevent over stimulation. 2. Sleepytime Tea! 3. Kicked dogs off the bed – the love laying on top of me. 4. Knitting – when I couldn’t sleep I promptly got out of bed and knitted. It relaxes me and then I don’t associate the bed with not sleeping. That seemed to do the trick this time. But it will be back again and I’ll be ready for it.


    April 23, 2014

    My sister-in-law has been using this every night for a couple months. She has not had a sleepless night during this time!


    April 23, 2014

    Stress could definitely be a factor. I’m learning that it can basically ruin all of your natural rhythms in your body. Suffering from it myself. Hope you get a nap in today :(


    April 23, 2014

    I sometimes use Nature Made brand rest and relaxation formula from Walgreens ( kava kava and melatonin) and that works. I find if I am stressed or have been researching on the computer prior to bed, I can’t rest well. The next day isn’t the problem for me, it’s two days later. Yuck!

    I hope tonight is better!

    Liz Rejman, CFRE

    April 23, 2014

    Sounds like pre-menopausal symptom, along with stress.

    I found that magnesium helped me sleep soundly.


    April 23, 2014

    I have periods of times like that. The last few weeks especially. I think I may be because I am trying to get so much accomplished. I hope you find sleep :)



    April 24, 2014

    Being 61 I agree about the perimenopause!!
    All that stuff about calming yourself down before sleep and having a very DARK room really works–I even turned my alarm clock around so I wouldn’t see the green light and unplugged my cable–the cable box could light up my room.

    carla birnberg

    April 24, 2014

    Im with VI (says the older lady) but also try melatonin!


    April 24, 2014

    I have had this problem ever since I can remember. Hope you get a chance for a rest or at least an early bedtime tonight.


    April 26, 2014

    It happens to me during the change in seasons. My room gets warmer because the outside is warmer, but I still have winter blankets & pjs on and haven’t started sleeping with the windows cracked yet. Once I adjust things so my room is colder again, it helps. As does an eye shade.

    And Xanax sleep is amazing if it gets too bad.