Wednesday, March 5, 2008

WFMW Backwards Edition!

So today is Wednesday and that means it's Works For Me Wednesday time. Today is Backwards Edition where I get to ask YOU a question and hopefully get tons of good answers!

My question today is simple. How do you get to sleep at night? I have been having such a hard time falling asleep at night. I lay awake looking at the clock and thinking until the wee hours of the morning and then I'm exhausted when the alarm goes off at 7 to tell me to take the kiddos to school.

Every day I end up collapsing for a nap in the middle of the day and it's really making me unproductive!

I've tried to avoid the nap altogether but it doesn't seem to matter. I end up being very nasty all day and unproductive and then 10:00 rolls around and for some reason I'm wide awake again. So what to do?

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Phyllis Sommer said...[Reply to comment]

are you careful about your caffeine intake? i don't have any after 1pm. plus lots of water is good. maybe this will help?

TransitionGirl said...[Reply to comment]

Hm... these have helped me. hope they help ya to.

1. Stop taking caffeine after 2pm. That includes coffee, caffeinated tea, soda/pop.
2. Drink at least your daily minimum of water (not counting any other kinds of fluid and intake from food).
3. Half an hour or so before it's time to sleep, do something relaxing, like listening to soothing music. Basically something to relax your brain and slow it down.
4. If you like smells, burn some lavender or any other natural plant smells like make you relax.

Kristy said...[Reply to comment]

Sometimes, when I can't fall asleep, its because my mind is racing with everything I have to get done the next day, or that I still have to plan so-and-so, or I didn't call someone back that day as planned.

So I keep a small notebook by my bed, and when I can't fall asleep, I just start making a list of all those things. I leave the list open next to my alarm clock, and because I know that I will deal with those things tomorrow morning, I can get them off my mind to fall asleep.

Anonymous said...[Reply to comment]

I'm in the same boat. Here are some things that help:

Chamomile tea
Valerian tea (works much better)
Not watching tv shows or reading books that make me think to much, or has too much drama in it.
Not using the internet or a very interesting book for the hour before bed time (or else I get a second wind).

Hope that helps!


Anonymous said...[Reply to comment]

Try Simply Sleep by Tylenol.

Playful Professional said...[Reply to comment]

One thing I really like to do is read a book while lying in bed. It helps to focus my mind on one thing rather than everything else going on. I normally begin to doze while reading and then I can turn over and just pass out.

Jessica said...[Reply to comment]

Ambien! But if you would rather do it naturally, I just started taking adrenal drops twice a day b/c my adrenal glands are a little out of whack. You might ask your dr to do some hormone testing for you b/c that may be your issue. But def. drop the nap and cut back on your caffeine.

Anonymous said...[Reply to comment]

I've tried everything that was considered "natural" under the sun, including melitonin, which didn't help. I finally had to seek help, because like you I was very unproductive. Ambien works for me, but there are several other "drugs" out there. Good luck.

Crazy Daisy said...[Reply to comment]

In addition to no caffeine, I sometimes do simple yoga before bed. It can be refreshing and calming. Plus it helps me refocus and calm my energy.