Monday, April 16, 2012

Nighttime woes.

One of my "mini-happiness project" goals was to get up and do am yoga at least three times per week.  I only made it one morning.



I am speculating that my problem getting up in the morning is related to my sleeping woes.  I have a really difficult time sleeping through the night.

I've tried essential oils, yoga, etc.  Melatonin (a natural sleep aid) is the only thing that partially works.  If I take it right before bed, it will keep me sleeping usually until 3ish or 4ish.  Then I'm usually up every 30 to 45 minutes following that.  When the last 3 or 4 hours of your sleep cycle don't consist of sleep, it doesn't make getting up an extra 30 minutes early very easy.



Regardless of when I am awake, I often wake up stressing about my to-do list or school stuff.  Am yoga helps me not obsess over work stuff and get on with getting up and ready. I have to get to that point though.  I just want a full nights sleep.

Do you sleep through the night?
Sleep aids?  What works for you?

9 comments:

Meghan said...

I used to be in the same boat! I was always stressing over my to-do list and couldn't sleep. I've found that hot tea and a bath before bed helps, as well as not watching TV / playing on my phone/laptop in bed. Good luck! :) I bet yoga will definitely help!

Danielle said...

I definitely feel your pain- at least half the nights every week I wake up around 3 or 4 and then toss and turn until the alarm goes off, at which point I feel dead to the world. I've found that when I do a hard workout, I tend to sleep longer/better. But aside from that, I have no advice to offer, just my sympathy =( When you find a solution, please do share!

Olivia.Dee said...

I used to have that problem. And then i'm not really sure why or how... but one day it all stopped. now... I can sleep for the proper 8 hours and STILL struggle waking up.

Ash said...

giiirl, i suffered from insomnia for so long.. i tried everything: drugs,melatonin, not sleeping for awhile, etc..

i still hardly sleep through the night, and when i do.. its maybe for 5-6 hours...

if i exercise during the day, like hard core cardio, i usually fall asleep faster.. but i try not to stress about it. because if i stress about not sleeping, or not waking up, then i never sleep and never wake up (because i never slept).. odd, huh?

Danielle said...

I go through phsases when I sleep 3 or 4 hours a night and it really throws me off. It seems like nothing is going right and I just can't get caught up. If yoga is working out and helping you not obsess, maybe I should try it. Keep your chin up!

Ro said...

Oh I was having the same problem for the past few months... no matter what time I went to bed, I would wake up in the middle of the night and be up for a few hours.. then finally doze off at 4am and then feel EXHAUSTED when my alarm when off at 6:30pm.

I tried those Nature Made Sleep Natural pills, which worked to fall asleep, but didn't keep me asleep. I also tried varying my sleeping habits to no avail... I think what finally worked for me was increasing my gym time and decreasing my stress level (i was working 55-65 hours a week... now its back to a normal 40)

Soo long story short, I hope you get to sleep!! Maybe play the L&O game til you pass out hahaha :)

whitney said...

yeah so this sucks. and i know first hand that it sucks.

i have found yoga to help. and beer.

but really it just comes down to you freeing your mind of to-do lists and worries. do that and you will find the peace you need to sleep.

[sorry i have been gone for so long. forgive me?]

Andrea D said...

How sucky! I usually sleep okay, but if I wake in the middle of the night I have lots of trouble getting back to sleep. Unfortunately, I've got no great tips for you!
Maybe try working out later in the day, instead of aiming to work out in the morning, that way your body's worn out when you go to bed.
You've probably tried that...but I've got no better suggestions! Good luck!

Andrea
Left brain, right brain, pug brain.

Claire Kiefer said...

I'm a horrible sleeper. My dad's had insomnia his whole life, and unfortunately I have inherited it. :( Ambien helps me the most, but I only take it occasionally because I don't want to become dependent so that it doesn't work anymore. I found a bubble bath from Bath and Body Works that helped . . . it was called Sleep and the scent was lavender vanilla or lavender chamomile or something . . . but they didn't have that specific one last time I was in there. Good luck!

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