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September 22nd, 2009
Wakey, Wakey!

I’ve had problems sleeping recently. I go to bed tired, read a little and go to sleep only to wake up in the early hours of the morning. I lie awake for ages, tossing and turning. I must have fallen asleep at some stage this morning only to have the birds wake me again. BTW – what do they have to be so chirpy about at that ungodly hour of the morning?

I’ve spent all day yawning, which isn’t exactly an attractive look.

Do you have problems sleeping? How do you make sure you get a good night’s sleep?

9 comments to “Wakey, Wakey!”

  1. I know exactly what you’re talking about. I’ve had problems sleeping my whole life. Back in my twenties, I did a sleep study and then sleep therapy, which helped for a while. Then, when I went through the change, my sleep problems came back. On rare nights, I can make it all the way through but usually I waked up at least twice.


  2. Hi! I play badminton several nights a week and the physical exertion wears me out. I’ve heard that insomnia can be a symptom of peri-menopause, starting in your thirties; I have several symptoms, but not this one. When I crawl into bed, I do a Sudoku puzzle or crossword puzzle until my eyes start closing. My light goes off and I’m asleep within a minute. I used to wake up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, but I was able to get back to sleep by putting my pillow over my ear to drown out my husband’s snoring. If sleep still escapes me, I rehash my wedding day and recall all the little details (or some other pleasurable event). If that doesn’t work, I often imagine I’m the heroine of a book I’m currently reading, and I’ve been hurt so the hero has to carry me, preferably to bed; hey — whatever it takes! The times I have difficulty are usually when I am awakened with a leg or foot cramp, and I can’t stretch it out. Lying back down is not an option until it is worked out, so I go downstairs and watch a VCR tape until my eyes droop. I try to crawl back into bed rather than falling asleep in the recliner, as it won’t be much longer when my husband gets up for the day and I don’t want to have that rude awakening. I try not to go on the computer, as that will keep me awake for hours on end. Good luck. It is not an enjoyable part of life, but I’m reminded of something I read in an email this morning: “Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.” (Growing old applies to ANY age, so please don’t be offended by the terminology!)


  3. Sometimes when I have problems sleeping, I just start writing early. Monday, I was up at 4:45 am, pecking away at the keyboard. It was acutally pretty productive, considering writing love scenes is getting more difficult because of wandering eyes and interruptions of my kids! So, I am seeing that as a good thing! :wink:


  4. I hate it when that happens!


  5. Lucinda – I’m sleeping okay but have started waking up really early. It was raining this morning and the stupid birds started going after I’d been awake for about an hour.


  6. Elaine – I’ve started going for a walk after dinner so I’ve got the exercise thing covered.

    I wasn’t offended by your saying. It’s so true. My mother died young – I’m older than her now, which is really weird – and she didn’t get to do a lot of the things she wanted to try.


  7. Colleen – this morning I plotted in my head. For once I’ve remembered everything and I’m just about to go off and write it down.


  8. I don’t have any good answers for you. I have to take medication for my rheumatoid arthritis and if I don’t take it early enough in the day I can’t sleep.


  9. You might have a lack of Vitamin D despite the amount of sunshine you get. Perhaps you ought to check with your doctor.