Post # 1
I was off the week between Christmas and New Year’s and slept pretty darn well. This past Sunday (1/2) and each subsequent night, I wake up sometime between 12:30 and 1am and just cannot fall back to sleep until sometime between 3:30am and 4am.
I get up at 5:15am.
I’ve had a pretty good work week, so I’m not really feeling stressed out.
I get a bout of insomnia about once a year and each time it just throws me for a loop.
We have no TV in our bedroom (on purpose). I give myself, typically 30 minutes to attempt to fall asleep and if not, I get up and go to our guest room to try to sleep as sometimes a change of environment does the trick. Or I read.
Last night I slept at my parent’s. I was up from 1am -4am. I’m very much over this. I do exercise, so it’s not like my body isn’t tired.
Post # 3
arrgh, i haven’t been able to sleep all week either! i can’t stop thinking is my problem. i lay down and an hour later the gears are still turning. plus, FH is going to bed an hour earlier now so we have to have our nightly calls at like 9:30 and i’m trying to sleep after that… not working. no suggestions really, unless you feel like taking some melatonin or something. :/
Post # 4
i’ve heard that melatonin works pretty well, i’m about to try some myself!
Post # 5
im right there with you! pretty much the same pattern – ill lay there for 30 minutes or so and then have to get up and move because i dont want to wake FI up and im just going to crazy trying to talk myself into sleep.
This happened to me at the very early stages of planning my wedding (i’ve never really had this problem before) then it went away. with a little over a month to go its happening again. it seems i just cant get my mind to shut off at night. ill sleep till about 1 then im up for an hour or 2 finally falling back asleep.
i exercise too, work isnt an issue – but i think i can blame my lack of sleep on wedding stress. at least i hope.
Never tried the melatonin but sometimes i have to take a tylenol pm and that usually does the trick but i do not like taking them often as i am usually really drowsy the next day.
Post # 6
Ugh, that is the worst. Mine got so bad that I finally caved and went to the doctors hoping for some sleeping pills, but all I got was a brochure about setting sleep “habits” (ie-same time every night, no tv before, exercise, etc.) I was doing all of this already. I tried some over the counter stuff but it didn’t help. No tips for you though, sorry 🙁
Post # 7
@totheislnds: I did a tylenol pm two nights ago, and i definitely woke up drowsy the next morning. from what i’ve heard, melatonin doesn’t leave you with the drowsiness.
Post # 8
I have insomnia all the time. Most of the time I do nothing about it and try not to stress about it. I find the more I stress about not sleeping I cant get to sleep.
Sometimes I drink sleepytime extra tea. It has valarian root in it. It helps you relax but doesnt make you groggy the next day. (it doest to me anyway)
If my insomnia has gotten really bad I sometimes take childrens liquid benadryl. It has the same sleepy ingredient (diphenhydramine) as tylonol pm without the added tylonol. I found that I like it much better because I can take just a little (equivalent to half a tylonol pm) and that does the trick to get me to sleep and stay asleep without the groggies the next day…. plus its bubblegum flavored!
Post # 9
so sorry you’re dealing with this. it’s the worst, isn’t it? i have horrible insomnia so i feel your pain. for me, i have found keeping a pretty strict sleep bedtime routine really helps. i turn off the TV about 30-45 minutes before i need to go to bed. a cup of warm chamomile or mint tea really helps relax me, and i usually take a melatonin tablet.
you can find melatonin in the vitamin asile, and they aren’t very expensive. they won’t make you feel groggy, just really tired & yawn-y.
on nights i’m feeling particularly restless, i’ll soak in a warm bath or take a hot shower before bed and turn down the air. the sensation of being nice & warm followed by your body heat dropping will help trigger your mind & body to fall asleep.
lastly, trying putting on a lavender scented body lotion before bed. the smell is very calming & relaxing and might help settle you into sleep.
Post # 10
Sorry you’re going through this. If its happened before and it usually fixes itself after awhile I guess all you can do is wait for that to happen again. It sucks, I know. I’ve had issues with sleeping for awhile- related to an anxiety disorder. Apparently PMS related insomnia is fairly common too- could it possibly be related to that? Sounds like you’re doing everything right- although I’ve found that the ‘typical sleep habits’ don’t work for me. Trying to force myself to go to bed at the same time just puts more pressure on me to fall asleep when I should, so its better if I just go to sleep when I get tired, even if its a little late. Anyway- I hope it gets better for you soon! Feel free to PM me if you want more info 🙂
Post # 11
Well, it’s good to learn I’m not out there alone. But sorry to also hear others go through this as well.
I think I’m going to get some of that SleepyTime extra tea that @panterapeach: recommended and the melatonin that several suggested tonight.
I’m so tired right now I could cry…I appreciate the advice!
Post # 12
I’ve been relying on it for years!
I hate Excedrin PM & benadryl–they make my mouth drier than it already is.
Post # 13
I could’ve written this post – For some reason insomnia has been KILLING me recently. I take melatonin but just as a heads up, it gives both me and my coworker nightmares… not sure if that’s a completely strange coincidence but I’ve heard it from other people too. Seriously, I was killed twice last night in my dreams :(. But it doesn’t leave you groggy or anything, so if you can skip the nasty dreams, melatonin is a nice way to get some sleep. I’m on the search for alternate methods 🙁
Post # 14
This is not professional advice, but you mentioned that you’re waking up at 1am, not having trouble going to bed initially. If you’re waking up to go to the bathroom, cut out liquids and especially caffeine later in the day. Try to avoid turning on lights when you do wake up – don’t switch on the bedside light, don’t look at a computer or phone screen. Try to just stay in that sleepy zone. It can also help to take off the pressure if you hide your clock. Watching the minutes tick by can make the whole thing more agonizing.
Post # 15
@Cinnamon Roll: Only last night was the night all week when I woke up to have to use the bathroom but I took heed to what you said. I didn’t turn the light on, etc.
I did take a melatonin and drank a mug of Sleepytime tea (calming). I couldn’t find any with Velarian root at the store. I’m going to do the same tonight.
Last night’s sleep was better than the night before but still not great. I hate this. I’m looking forward to this weekend. No obligations!
Post # 16
I’ve had pretty bad insomnia for years on and off. Honestly, when your really tired, you will sleep. I know that sounds ridiculous. But eventually your body/brain will shut down and you’ll rest. If you’re not sleeping in your bed, change your orientation. Put your head at the foot of the bed. If that doesn’t work, go to the couch. Changing your sleeping position can help your brain calm down from the day to day by switching your sleep pattern. Good luck!