Day 19: The Sandman

Stage N3 sleep; EEG highlighted by red box. Th...

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Today is NATIONAL Butterscotch Pudding Day. I have no further comment.

How many of you sleep through the night?
How many of you fall asleep the minute your head hits the pillow only to wake up 3 hours later?
How many of you read or watch TV UNTIL you fall asleep?
How many of you lie awake for 1-3 hours making lists, solving problems, writing your next post, planning Christmas, etc.?
How many of you get out of bed and read or watch TV until you can fall back to sleep?

I suppose there are all sorts of reasons we don’t sleep well. Stress. Too much on our minds that we don’t handle during our waking hours. Who knows. But when I wake up in the middle of the night, I don’t get out of bed to do something because I’m afraid I will then be totally awake and lucid and ready to start the day! So I lie there and do the “rotisserie.” Side, stomach, side, back. Then I start over. Side, stomach, side, back. Side, stomach, side, back. Etcetera. Etcetera. Ad Nauseum!

Everyone has their own panacea for going back to sleep. I’ve never tried counting sheep, but I have tried counting backwards from 1,000. Sometimes that works, unless a random thought, like “I can’t forget to get dog food tomorrow”, interrupts and I have to start all over.

Telling your body to go to sleep in stages works – sometimes. You start with your toes and work your way to your head. Random thought intervenes and you have to begin again …

I’ve heard that a mantra of two words repeated over and over and over will help you fall asleep. My trouble is that I can’t decide on one I like.

The one sleep solution I like the best, I read about somewhere. You feature a totally smooth, frozen lake in your mind. That’s pretty neat actually. I picture a lake surrounded by mountains. The ice is so smooth you can see the snow eddy in swirls on the surface. And it’s sooooo quiet. That usually works to put me back in slumber-land.

Or, when I finally find just the right combination of position, covers, and air flow, I’m in heaven. I’m like “Ah – this is great” and nod right off.

You can try this exercise which also works for me every so often. When you are making lists in the middle of the night, tell your brain to take care of the stuff you’ve been thrashing over and to fill you in in the morning when you have access to pen and paper. Tell your brain you are going to sleep NOW. You will be surprised that you will go back to sleep and you WILL remember every thing on your list in the morning.

Dreams are another post.

In the meantime, sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite! C

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