Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Do you need sleep???

I NEED sleep. I don't know why but I can't get to sleep at night. For a long time, when we go to sleep I just lay there and just lay there. I have tried everything to get myself to fall asleep.
It is just not fair, my husband lays down to go to sleep and he is out in two seconds. I don't get it.

Last night I woke up to use the bathroom and tried to get back to sleep and I laid there for at least an hour and some times when this happens it is a couple of hours. I guess this is something I will just have to live with. I could understand it if I slept in the morning but I am up by 6:30 am. I know I am sleepy, but how do I get myself to wind down enough to actually fall asleep.

The other thing that is frustrating is that anytime that I watch a movie with my husband for date night in our bedroom, I have a hard time not dozing off but when I go to bed at night I can't sleep. It doesn't make sense to me.

If you have any ideas I would love to hear them. Do any of you have this same problem???

23 comments:

Erin said...

I'm so sorry. I wish I had ideas. Last night at 5:10 AM a car without a muffler drove by, woke me up, and I lay (laid?) in bed until 6:45, when I finally fell back asleep until 7:00. It's so frustrating, isn't it?

Shauna said...

I hear you woman! Sometimes I have to take a benadryl to help me sleep at night. ♥ Hugs!

Kaylynn said...

Yes, I need sleep and often have the same problem. My kids take meletonin which seems to help them relax.

lani said...

I have the same problem. I take meletonin and play sudoku on my palm pilot! It's dark and if I concentrate on the game for about ten minutes my brain relaxes and and I stare at the tiny screen so my eyes get tired and I'm out!!! I have always had trouble sleeping! I also have a white noise machine!! Hope I helped! I found your blog on mormon mommies blog!

Kate said...

What is meletonin is it over the counter? Thanks for your help.

Carolyn said...

I could write an entire novel on my relationship with sleep and the lack there of...but I just wrote a whole post...and I'm tired now :)

Ok ok one tip.

Try melatonin. It's natural and worked wonders with my 4-year-old (he's autistic and has sleep cycle problems.) You can find it at almost any drug store or nature-type place.

Loralee and the gang... said...

Hot Baths?
Sometimes when I wake up and can't get back to sleep, it's because I'm worrying about something that I need to get done. So if it's something I can do in the middle of the night, I get up and do it.
Other than that, I'm clueless.
:~D

Sherrie said...

Melatonin... Melatonin... It's over the counter.. natural... find it in the area where the vitamins and things like that are. It will help. We take it every night. If that doesnt work.. go to a dr. and get some sleeping pills... I've had to do that also in the past. But melatonin should help. ALso... try cammomile tea before bed... it will help relax you.

Michelle said...

I feel the same way!! By the time the baby is down for the night, I cannot get to sleep!

I am glad to read the other comments so I might try melatonin--I haven't heard of it before.

My husband can fall asleep easily at first, but only sleeps a few hours and then can't go back to sleep. I'll have to let you know if it works :)

Happy dreams (hopefully)

Kristina P. said...

I'm not huge on taking drugs, but sometimes, I will take Nyquil if I really need to get to sleep.

KC Mom said...

Oh my gosh...I have a sleeping problem too.
My issue is that I'm so exhausted at 10:00 at night and I fall asleep right away and then I wake up around midnight and can't sleep so I toss and turn. I suspect that I'm not able to breathe through my nose and so it keeps me awake having to breathe through my mouth.
I hope you get some good suggestions.
Thanks for visiting my blog!

Kathy said...

Well this sounds EXACTLY like me. I am 43 and my hubby is 48 - he has only recently started having sleep issues. We did get some wonderful little blue, non-addictive sleeping pills from the doctor but we try not to take them everynight. Benedryl, Gravol, a large glass of wine, although not ideal always help. These are non-addictive also but I find, cause me to feel groggy in the morning. I only use these when I get VERY behind in my sleep and really need to get a solid 8 hours. Of course, when my teenage son comes home at 4:00 a.m. - no matter what I've taken the night before - I am instantly awake.

ACK! Life with a teenage son is not ideal.

Lara said...

1. Get your hormones checked. If you are starting peri-menopause (and I already have and am only 34), your estrogen and progesterone will be at low levels and it causes sleep to go away. If they are low, you can start using hormone therapy and it makes a huge difference.

2. Try taking L-Tryptophan. It has really helped me.

Barb said...

I could have written this post myself. I have EXACTLY the same issue. I'm starting to think it's like a change of season ritual or something. Let's hope it passes quickly!

Oh, and this isn't true for everyone but I can't take Melatonin because when I do, I have incredibly vivid dreams. And I usually dream that one of my children has died. It's beyond horrible.

Rae said...

I wish I could help you, but I have to say that the only reason I'm sleeping well lately is the codeine-containing cough syrup I take at night. I would go with something natural--like the L-Tryptophan.

Fiauna said...

Sleep usually isn't too big of a problem for me. I've learned to get it when and where I can, and survive when I don't. My daughter, on the other hand, her sleep is so unpredictable. Ugh!

-Melissa- said...

Wish I had some good ideas. Sometimes I have the same problem. Sounds like you got some good suggestions. Hope they help.

Marla said...

My husband can go to sleep as soon as he hits the pillow too...its not fair!!!! Send me an e-mail address and I will send you an invite to my blog...luv yours :)) Have a great day!!!

Jenny in Utah said...

I hate to add this because it sounds like it's nice to watch movies in bed, but one thing I have heard from many sleep experts is that it is a HUGE no-no to watch tv in bed if you have trouble sleeping. Your bed needs to be your resting place ONLY. I have a tough time sleeping, but I am blaming that on the children ;)

Good luck ... hope you can get some shuteye ... that is so frustrating!

tammy said...

Maybe you need to fall asleep with a movie every night? : )

Exercise in the evening/late afternoon sometimes makes me sleep better at night. I know it's different for some.

There is a homepathic insomnia pill I take sometimes that doesn't have major side effects or make me feel drugged the next morning. It's by Hylands and it's called Insomnia. You can find it on-line or at health food stores. It really helps me when hubby is home and snoring.

Marla said...

I'm sorry about that, i thought I already had :), I am now :)

Tara said...

i'm a movie sleeper....it's like a trance...movie goes on, i go off...out like a light!

JUST ME, THE MOM said...

Wow - judging by the comment to you post, sounds like a common problem, guess I'm not alone either;) I'm amazed at all the melatonin comments, might have to try that.

Course my sleep schedule is constantly messed up since I also work two nights a week. The only thing that seems to work for sure for me is to sit down to watch a movie with my husbands - puts me to sleep in like 30 seconds - ha!

((hugs))

Kristin