It was another restless night. FALLING asleep is not my problem, but waking up at 3:00am and wrestling for hours to get back to sleep is. Often I don’t get back to sleep. This has been going on for months and months.
I’ve always been a hard sleeper – needing a solid 8 hours. But, in the last year, it seems all that has changed.
Certainly, the good old hot flashes play a role, but I have remedied that and they have diminished. One cup of caffeinated coffee in the morning has been my rule. The electronics go off a couple of hours before bed, so only book reading sings sweet lullabies to my eyes.
These strategies help me GET to sleep. I need some good strategies for that 3:00am waking hour so I avoid my usual default strategy of thinking through my book of worries.
A dear friend of mine, who is a golfer, shared this strategy once. He picks a golf course he has played at and then reimagines himself playing the entire course, starting at hole #1 – all the strokes and penalties included. He said he never makes it to hole #9.
I don’t have golf courses. I wish I did. Maybe I should start golfing.
Elizabeth Gilbert says to get up and do something. Anything. As soon as you begin to think, you’ll go down into a state of rumination. Avoid that at all costs. No horizontal thinking.
I’ve tried that and then I fall asleep in my reading chair and wake up in a brain fog and a kink in my neck.
My husband thinks I need snuggling. Well. . .
In some research, I found that humans used to sleep in two shifts, a “first” and “second” sleep. In between people would get up for a few hours and do quiet chores, read, write or other things and then go back to sleep for a few hours before their day began. This apparently faded out in the 17th Century. Perhaps that would have been a better time period for me.
This post is an SOS plea. What are your strategies that help? Warm milk? Sleep apps?
#sleep problems #SOS #needinghelp #insomnia #sweet lullabies #counting sheep
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