What to do when you can’t sleep…

I get these bouts of insomnia every now and then!  I can’t seem to sleep at night and it knocks my sleep patterns all out of whack!  All this week, I have had a difficult time sleeping at night – then, I am exhausted all the next day – then, I come home from work and end up zonking out on the couch watching TV – then, I get up and try to sleep and (of course) I can’t because I just spent several hours sleeping on the couch!!!  It turns into a vicious cycle!!!

Tonight was no different — I got home from work, took care of the girls, met Tina from CIS to give her some paperwork I owed her, went to Myra’s for supper, took the trash and the love seat the girls (actually, just Megan – not all of them) “ate” to the road for Thursday pick up, and by 6:30 I was trying my darnedest to not fall asleep too early!!!  It didn’t work — about 7:00 was the last time I noticed the clock before the girls woke me up at 10:30 to go outside!  I checked emails and thought about going in to bed, but was wide awake and not one bit tired!!!

So, what do I do when I can’t sleep and want to try to make myself tired?  I get on the computer!  I checked all the local blogs, checked emails, read some of the news teasers on Yahoo and AOL, played around with Facebook a little bit, and stuff like that!  That took me to about 11:15 or so…..what now???  I realized it was Wednesday and I hadn’t listened to The Rant, so I did that……then, I checked emails, blogs, and Facebook again (must be I thought someone else might still be up and doing the same thing I was doing), but found nothing new to read!  I did find out that the Phillys won the World Series tonight – WOO HOO!!!  Not sure why that didn’t show up on the news feeds earlier, but was glad I found out before tomorrow’s news! 

I was just about to give in and try to go to bed, but was still wide awake — it was 1:30 am and I had no hope of being able to fall asleep!  I don’t know what made me think of it, but I decided to check to see if by some remote chance, the Thursday Sanford Herald on-line edition was posted and it WAS!!!  I was impressed!!!  So, I read the Herald and now I won’t have to do it when I get up in the morning before work — that is, if I ever get to sleep so that I CAN get up in the morning…  This is so good to know — With the *old* web site for the Herald on line, I was lucky if it was available before 7:00 so I could read it before work!  Since the new site, I have tried to access it as early as 5:00 and found it updated, but this is the first time I tried in the middle of the night!!!  Now I know that when I can’t sleep, I just might be able to make myself sleepy with the Herald!  ha-ha-ha

So — it is now 2:20 am and I’m still not tired……………..but, I AM going to go to bed and try to get some sleep before I have to get up for work!  I’ll turn the TV on and find something really boring to watch — like CNN or something – they are sure to have some election coverage that will have a high potential to put me to sleep quickly!!!  ha-ha


One Comment on “What to do when you can’t sleep…

  1. Just an FYI, I read somewhere that going online to read blogs, check email or just surf is the equivalent of taking a shot of espresso …. and no one needs one of those right before bed! Next time, maybe grab a book and see if reading will help you settle into sleep. Good luck!

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