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My Glorious Slumber

Insomnia has become my whiny friend that keeps me up every night. I have tried various remedies throughout the past couple of weeks – hot tea, soothing baths, no coffee after three, good damn it I even tried to fall asleep to the sounds of Enya! Nothing has worked!

I lay their listening to the sounds of everyone snoring in the house with intense jealousy! I want to be the one snoring contentedly!

I want to have a good nights rest where my whole body relaxes when I wake-up the in the morning feeling fresh as a morning bird!

Sadly, this has not been my luck…

I did whatever sleep deprived person would do – I went to the drug store and bought a box of extra strength sleep-Zzz.

It was my last resort from turning into a sleep deprived monster who would roar at the sound of the family channel and scream at the sight of an empty coffee pot.

My husband was concerned “Honey! Are you sure want to take those?”

“Of course, I do!”

“People get addicted to that stuff.”

I gave him my bitchiest eye roll and popped two of the suckers.

It was within a half hour I had found the fields of gold and was snoring the night away.

That is until my dog began licking my face and whimpering!

At first I brushed her off and went back to sleep.

This time it was loud whimpering noises, she kept licking my face with  fervor, and I gave her a pet to defuse the situation.  I then rolled back into my deep glorious slumber with Sting.

An hour later my husband gave me a shake!  “Honey! Wake-up!”

“What the hell?”

“Your snores! They are not healthy! You take long pauses! I just wanted to make sure you were breathing and actually okay?”

I gave him the stink eye mumbled and explicative and rolled back to bed. I wanted the sounds of the Outfield  to come back while I frolicked in The Fields of Gold with Sting. Sadly, the saunter in the splendid glass never returned and is only a memory in the distant past…

It was  the next morning I awoke dazed and confused as I mumbled incoherently to everyone around me. As the coffee dribbled down my chin I was  hit with the hard fact of reality that it’s best not to take such a wonderful drug even if Sting is involved…

What is your best sleeping remedy? Please do not advise Enya!

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  1. I am the LAST person you want to ask… I don’t remember the last time I slept through the night…And when I wake up, my mind starts spinning….and then there is no chance of sleep. UGH! My only advice (what I try) is when I wake up not to look at the clock. When I do, it is all over for me…

  2. Years of doctor-hood accompanied by endless call drove my sleep patterns bonkers. Didn’t help that my family’s natural circadian rythym seems to be stay up late, sleep late. Being married to someone who is an early riser and early go-to-bed old fart (even when younger) didn’t change my ways. Honestly, it took good sleep hygiene – go to bed at the same time every night & get up at the same time, even on weekends, blah, blah, blah – for my sleep habit to change. I read myself to sleep or sometimes listen to “This American Life” or old time radio shows. Within minutes I am out, iPad clutched in my arms.

  3. Having a bedtime routine helps me sleep better. I stop using the computer an hour before bedtime, have a cup of chamomile tea, take a hot shower then climb into bed around the same time each night. When my sleep cycle was messed up after a bout of pneumonia, Benadryl every night for a few weeks worked wonders.

  4. I don’t have a remedy. I usually lie there and listen to my husband snore – last night there was a little extra blup sound at the end of each breath, like he had a bubble in his nose. I couldn’t take it!!! I got up and read blogs. When I finally did go to bed (1:30 ish), I slept! And felt good this morning. I think I may just get up from now on; get some chores done.

  5. i was actually going to suggest Enya, but it looks as if she has already failed.

    Other items that have worked for me has been reading old (and boring) school books, having a single beer (more than that, and the spell is broken) a half hour before bed or playing old Jackie Gleason albums just low enough that you actually have to actively listen to hear it.

    If none of those work, i just whine real loud until C wakes up =]

  6. Time to put that drug whatever it is, into your husband’s and your dog’s food, then take your own and go to sleep! 😉

    Me, I’m like you. Can’t sleep, so haven’t really got any good suggestions. The only thing I do is stay away til I’m dropping. Unfortunately that’s often 3 or 4 in the morning.

  7. hmm. The last time that happened to me was when I had Starbucks coffee at 3 in the afternoon. I was awake the whole night. I was able to sleep at 4:00AM but my alarm clock woke me up at 5. I ended up using one of my precious vacation leaves that day. I swore to God I’d never ever have Starbucks in the afternoon again. I’ve also cut back my coffee consumption to 2 times a week and replaced it with tea and Nesvita, a high-fiber drink.

    1. I would find that tough! It would be a lot of medications to remember…The gloomy weather I can relate get your vitamin D – it makes a big difference 🙂

      Thank you! The response from Freshly-Pressed has been over-whelming. I would have never expected it in a million years 🙂

  8. Currently, my best insomnia remedy is an audio book of The Canterbury Tales from audible. I have it downloaded on my iPad and I play it when I go to bed.

    Something about the poetry and the narrator’s voice, I don’t last beyond 30 mins.
    Congrats on the Freshly Pressed!

  9. Thank you! It has been a wonderful experience! I have so many new blogs I will have to check-out including yours 🙂

    I like the idea of the Canterbury Tales! I might just to have it try this evening! Glorious Slumber here I come!

  10. He woke you up from a deep, restorative sleep because he was worried about your snoring?!?!? I totally understand his concern, but… WOW! That’s love, my friend.
    I struggled with insomnia for a lot of years – partly because my kids trained me to wake up at 3am to feed them for a year apiece. Two things helped. One was going to bed a bit earlier. And one was picturing my morning, one step at a time. Like, I lay on my pillow, close my eyes and picture my feet touching the floor, and then the walk to the shower, etc, etc. It’s weird, but it works!

  11. You know we are going through the same thing! My problem, though, is not getting to sleep, it’s staying asleep when my kids get me up! I also take Benadryl sometimes, which helps me stay asleep when I wake up. Good luck!

  12. I wish I had answers! Insomnia has been a lifelong battle for me as well.

    I should note, though, that I did have one month’s worth of sweet dreams after a trip to an acupuncturist. I’m suddenly wondering why the heck I never went back.


      1. It was the first time I understood what it felt like to be well rested, mellow and at peace. Now that I’ve recalled the experience, I’m definitely setting up another appointment!

        The needles don’t hurt at all. I didn’t even feel most of them. In fact, nothing about the trip was memorable. It was only afterward that I understood something magical had happened.

        I went in an unbeliever, too. 😉

  13. Hello, I discovered you in freshly pressed. Do you have too hot or too cold feet? that makes a person an insomniac.

    Otherwise, create an environment which encourages sleep, do exercise during the day, eat complex carbs for supper, have a hot shower, stay away from overstimulation i.e. internet, TV, certain books, and voila it should help!

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