Thursday, February 28, 2008

Still in a fog

I think this extreme lethargy has to do with the fact that I really am not sleeping well. I mean I haven't slept well in six years, but this week it has been extreme. I can remember being conscious about 6 times each night. It's just not working for me anymore. I am walking around like a zombie, and it's not good for my attitude and it's not good for my driving certainly. It's started to really affect my memory.

So, my dear reader, please give me your best sleep aid ideas. No drugs allowed.

And honestly if it has exercise in it I don't know where I'd fit that either.

So please, any ideas, cures, support, etc. I already have one thing I've started thinking about today.

14 comments:

Amy said...

Chamomile tea and a hot bath.
The stronger the tea, the better. About thirty minutes after the hot bath, your body cools significantly and this rapid cooling is supposed to trigger sleepiness. Drink the tea while you cool down and you will fall fast asleep.
This is according to a friend of mine. I just take drugs.

Kim P. said...

If it's a problem where your mind keeps going even though your body is tired, it might help to spend a few minutes before bed journaling or writing a list of things to do the next day. Then your mind hopefully can let it go until the morning.

I know you like art, so maybe some sort of art project like sketching or something to wind down for a few minutes would help. Just some ideas...hopefully you'll find something that helps!

Angela O. said...

I've been having the same problem recently but I think mine is more of a comfort thing.

When I was attending my (first) college, I went to a seminar on Zen mediation. The goal is to get your mind to nothingness (as I recall - was also my first college so there was a lot of partying.) One of the beginning ways to learn this was by concentrating on your breathing - counting to ten breaths and then repeat. Anytime you find yourself thinking of anything but the breath number then you start back at one. After doing this a few times I wake up without having remembered reaching 10.

Good luck. It is no fun not getting good sleep.

Pryncss Briana said...

Have to disagree with the hot bath, make it warm. My OBGYN says that hot baths actually stimulate, but a warm bath soothes.

Defintely the tea, though. I find that a mild mint tea clears my head and soothes any tummy troubles that might keep me awake.

Stay away from any sort of monitor(PC or TV) at least thirty minutes before bed. Supposedly it keeps your mind running for that long even after you stop looking at it.

Anonymous said...

Sarah,
How old is your mattress? We need a new one and it is killing my sleep. I think I know this because Monty put a piece of plywood under my side of the bed about three months ago and it helped a great deal for a while. Try flipping your mattress and see if you sleep better. If you do..you need a new mattress. I have flipped mine so many times that it doesn't work anymore. Now we are just waiting for the bonus check to come in. I think it comes TODAY...or maybe in two weeks. -Lori

Mandi said...

Maybe you could try reading something interesting but not riveting. Maybe a history book or some other informational type thing. Good luck. Hope you find something that works.

Alyson said...

I don't have any advice for this, because sleep is my favorite leisure activity and even though I just got up a little while ago, I could happily go back to sleep if given the chance! Josh struggles with sleep problems a LOT, but his solution is to drink chocolate milk, play video games, play on the internet, watch tv... anything but lie there and just go to sleep. I'm going to start forcing him to take a warm bath and drink tea before bed and confiscate the computer and t.v. (and chocolate milk!). Yes, that should go over well... :)

Alyson said...

I don't have any advice for this, because sleep is my favorite leisure activity and even though I just got up a little while ago, I could happily go back to sleep if given the chance! Josh struggles with sleep problems a LOT, but his solution is to drink chocolate milk, play video games, play on the internet, watch tv... anything but lie there and just go to sleep. I'm going to start forcing him to take a warm bath and drink tea before bed and confiscate the computer and t.v. (and chocolate milk!). Yes, that should go over well... :)

Anonymous said...

I know you said no meds, but this is natural and available at any health food store/GNC. Have you tried Melatonin. I know several people that have used that.

April Cogburn said...

What has helped me settle down to sleep at night, is taking a bubble bath with Lavender soap. Not super hot, but more than just warm bath. Sometimes I drink the tea while in the bath, sometimes before or after. Also, I turn out the lights in the bathroom and light candles. It's very soothing. Sometimes I read a book, but sometimes I just lay back, close my eyes and relax. There are times I was so relaxed that I started to fall asleep in the bath.

Also, it does help to clear your mind before all this, so it is good to get your thoughts out, maybe on paper, maybe to someone else. Maybe write a to do list for the next day.

April Cogburn said...

Also, we got a new bed about 2 1/2 years ago (not long before Lena's birth) with a memory foam built in on top, and it has been the best sleep in the last 2 1/2 years.

Merryheart said...

You can always call me...I'll sing you to sleep! Lavender (in a pillow or powder or candle) is supposed to help too - I have a sleep mask with lavender in it, also blocks out light. Exercise (even though you have to find the time) can help, and if you're not sleeping well even 15 minutes can benefit.

You might want to consider a sleep study just to make sure it's not sleep apnea - even mild sleep apnea can really disrupt.

Hope you find the solution. I love you.

BP said...

I hope some of the solutions have helped you. I liked the journaling idea before bed if it is a mind thing. Sometimes a new pillow helps me. Praying and reciting verses calms me too.

H-Beast said...

My mom takes her calcium and magnesium before bed and she swears it helps her sleep. I have no idea if it works, but if I were in your place, I'd try anything. And I'm with you on the no drugs; they've never made me feel any better the next day.