Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Counting Sheep Again

For over a week, I've been going to bed really tired, only to end up tossing and turning and finally giving up about an hour later and getting out of bed. I read, I write, I try everything to get my mind quieted down so I can rest.

Nothing seems to work. I've even tried counting sheep.

I'm getting paranoid about going to bed because all I can think about is not going to sleep. And then, of course, I can't.


Anyone know of a cure?


Delana said...

When I had my stint with insomnia this is what finally worked for me.

Completely change your evening routine. ie: if you always eat dinner, then go through mail, then sit at the computer etc. Switch things up and do mail first, then computer, dinner, tv yada yada. You can also try taking a short nap as soon as you get home, then doing your normal evening things, then going to bed 1/2 hour to an hour later than usual. This is supposed to throw your internal clock out of whack a bit. Insomnia causes the brain to associate "bed" with "awake".

Take a long hot shower/bath just before hitting the hay. One of the things your body has to do in order to sleep is cool off. You will hasten this by raising your body temp in the hot water.

Sounds too simple to work, but it does.

Carol Ann Erhardt said...

Thanks, Delana. I'll give your tips a try.