October 26, 2005

BEDTIME

Ever since I wrote about my school dreams, I haven't had any. I have, however, participated in a plane crash, a bizarre conversation with a girl from my Brownie troop, and a Chinook ride to Taco Bell with my husband and Mike Penca. (RHS alums: I have no idea why Mike was with us. Haven't thought about him in nearly ten years.)

I've always hated bedtime. When I was a kid, I could never fall asleep. I'd read entire books, play games with a flashlight, and count up into the thousands. I was always that kid who was the last one awake at slumber parties. My husband and my best friend from college had a good laugh when they shared stories about how I could talk for hours on end at night. They've both fallen to sleep as I've droned on and on.

Lately I've been having trouble sleeping again, and nothing can help me. I took some NyQuil for my cold at about 7PM the other night and then got up again at 11 and took another dose. Even that can't put me out! And then when I finally do sleep, I have these ridiculous dreams that stress me out, like plane crashes.

My husband thinks I'm insane. The best part of his day is when he puts his head on that pillow. But I wish there were some sort of pill I could take to make 8 hours disappear and make myself feel rested without actually getting into bed.

Posted by: Sarah at 06:47 AM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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1 HEY SARA IF YOU EVER HAVE TROUBLE SLEEPING TAKE A SHOT OF WHISKEY OR DRINK LIKE 2 BEERS THAT ALWAYS MAKES ME DROWSY OR IT HELPS TO THINK ABOUT GOOD THINGS BEFORE YOU GO TO BED AND THEN SOMETIMES DREAM ABOUT THAT LIKE THE MUNCHKINS FROM THE WIZARD OF OZ OR PRETTY LITTLE RAINBOWS LOL

Posted by: MARK at October 26, 2005 09:45 AM (FmIVz)

2 Increasing your level of exercise might help. Some herb teas help people. Stuff with chamomille in it is popular for this, although for me hop tea works much better. Alcohol helps you get to sleep, but or most people it doesn't help you stay asleep very well.

Posted by: Pericles at October 27, 2005 07:55 AM (EpPuP)

3 I've always been slightly insomniac. So, I've collected lots of advice for getting and staying asleep. Alcohol really isn't a good solution. Exercise several hours before bedtime will sometimes help. As will a warm bath before bedtime. Try instituting a nightly routine...several steps that you do every night before bed and give yourself cues, "I'm taking my bath for bed so I'll sleep comfortably." "I'm putting on my most comfortable nightgown so I can relax and get a good nights sleep." a running internal monologue while you prepare for bed. Same bedtime every night. Turn off all the electronics in the bedroom. I had my house Feng Shui'ed last year and was told that electronics in the bedroom "disrupt the flow of restfulness" :-) I think what she meant was the bedroom should be conducive to restful sleep. And finally if all that doesn't work..... Ambien. Helps you get to sleep, stay asleep, no weird dreams....and best of all, no morning after lethargy. I really like it. It's not like taking sleeping pills at all. I just hope it's not addictive, so I don't end up on a street corner trying to score a hit:-)

Posted by: Pamela at October 27, 2005 12:57 PM (8ky/a)

4 How come you get to fly in a Chinook in your dream...and to Taco Bell, dammit? I need to get me a dream like that too!

Posted by: CaliValleyGirl at October 27, 2005 06:16 PM (3WG6v)

5 Don't take this as a recommendation, but modafinil is pretty close to your magic pill, only you get to keep the 8 hours.

Posted by: Pixy Misa at October 30, 2005 07:35 PM (RbYVY)

6 Tylenol PM works pretty well, but I'm a little stumped why Nyquil didn't do the trick too. That stuff's the best! MajorDad1984

Posted by: MajorDad1984 at November 02, 2005 09:15 AM (tdEnf)

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