Insomnia... there's a lot of it about. So I though how about a place to come and moan about it, share tips on beating it and ways to make the most of it?
I hate it when I know it's going to be two or four before I will get to sleep. Or having slept for an hour I'm completely wide awake.
Years ago I realised that the hours of night time wakefulness were mine, all mine, to do whatever I wanted. So I started getting up and watching an hour of tv - a film, recorded tv or something. I'm not wasting time, there's nothing else I should be doing. A hot drink, a biscuit and a blanket, and the thought that I'm being self indulgent completely changes how I feel about being awake. An hour is usually enough and I go back to bed relaxed and distracted enough to sleep, even if I do still need a story to listen to, or Radio 4 turned down low.
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Maybe I shouldn't post on here, I rarely suffer from insomnia, but do have the odd occasions.
My routine is usually bed for between 12 & 1, usually with a cup of horlicks, or a 'sleep tea' which is a nice herbal tea from clipper. I do a sudoko or two on my nintendo, and usually within 30 mins I can hardly keep my eyes open, usually wake around 7.30.
I need more hours in a day to do everything I want, so could do with a few extra hours during the night
That's a really good way of looking at it. Nearly every night I get up in the early hours of the morning, as I've never been able to bear lying in bed unable to sleep. For years when I was working, it used to really worry me, as I was sure I'd be a total wreck at work the next day. Now I don't work any more, it doesn't bother me, and since my husband works 4 nights a week, I can please myself what I do (he still, after 28 years of marriage, worries about me getting up in the night and not getting enough sleep, bless him ). I browse on the computer or read (I rarely watch tv), have a warm milky drink, then go back to bed when I feel I could sleep.
I've got used to being tired and don't really worry any more about not getting enough sleep, I know that sooner or later my body will give in and I'll get a reasonable night's sleep. It's just a pain sometimes when I've had a run of bad nights and am completely shattered and have major brain fog, as it always seems to happen when I've a busy couple of days and need all my wits about me.
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Went to bed at 11pm last night but awake again at 12.30. Came down and tidied up, labelled the jars of jam I had made and put into pantry, walked around for 30 mins then back to bed at 2am, up again at 6.30am. Will try to stay up later tonight in the hope I get a good night. Annoying when OH is snoring through it all
Michelle from Oregon said:
I see you, dear Ruthie....not suffering tonight, are you?
My own fault, ate something I shouldn't. Went to bed about half one I think. Also I was doing something I've been told is bad, looking at the computer screen. Apparently the light confuses the brain and delays the sleep response.
Aly, I flatly refuse to do anything sensible in my stolen time so I applaud you for your nocturnal activity.
But I refuse to be influenced by your good example.
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I've actually had a decent nights sleep for the last couple of nights, which is unusual for me. Normally I'm awake several times in the night. Emma is a firm believer in audio-books as a sleep-aid so at the moment we are re-listening to Stephen Fry reading the Harry Potter books. We have an old mp3 player with them all loaded, and it's set to play for half an hour then switch itself off.
It must work because a lot of the time, when I wake up again later in the night, it's gone quiet and I've missed bits of the story!
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I listen to my Ipod if I stay in bed. Early this morning I re oiled the draining board, sorted out washing and caught up with some mail. having shifted lots of rubble today I hope for a good night!
Over the last year I have, it transpires, been suffering from stress, anxiety and depression, all work related, and as a result, for the first time in my life I am having sleeping problems. Get off to sleep ok, but wake up repeatedly, and final wake-up is well before the alarm goes off. Also plagued by odd, scary and reality-related dreams that keep waking me up. Its very odd to feel like this, I'm normally a marathon sleeper who will sleep 12 hours in a stretch if given the chance.
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Oh Lyn, hope you get sorted soon - there's nothing worse than all this waking. I remember you've had a time of it at work, too.
Thinking of you. Perhaps a change or a new direction?
Our daughter landed herself a challenging job in London, and has worked like a Trojan, but, as usual, the more you do, the more is expected of you.
On two occasions very recently while we've been sitting at her table in the evening, she's had text messages asking her to prepare something for the very next morning, and she has sat up at night to do it. (Mad, or what?)
However, last week, she was asked yet again, and then added to it was - "and justify your job!" That was the final straw - the next morning she handed in her notice (she had already been offered another job closer to home, which she has accepted).
Now, two of her seniors have asked her to re-consider, or at least stay on longer than planned. She feels bullet-proof, though, and is really quite enjoying her new-found freedom!!
They should have realised before, then this wouldn't have happened.
Perhaps they've learnt their lesson. Or maybe not.
that is how I came to retire early, working at least a 50 hour week with targets that are always made higher. The turning point was when the MD called a meeting and lectured us what a tough world it was and gave us each a stress ball with the company logo and mission statement on. I walked out and went to my GP who was disgusted and signed me off for a month. It ended up as 6 months and during this time OH was made redundant so I took early retirement and we moved to our house here. I never went back to the office again, posted my laptop and phone to my boss and arranged for the company car to be collected all without speaking to my bully of a boss. Best thing I ever did. I may not have the fat salary now but my sleepless nights are more a habit that needs to be broken and I am much healthier mentally.
Good for your daughter
Oh Girls I know how you feel, when I worked as a manager in a large company it was the same thing, the more you did, the more they expected. The more you achieved, the higher the targets went. I don't miss it, but when I meet up with my friends who work there still I find myself preaching to them to slow down, cut back their hours, realise that whatever they do, it won't be enough, that they are just a small cog in a big wheel and they will be disposed of without a second thought when the time comes. But of course (exactly the same as myself) they are too close to it all to see.
Oh God, how glad I am that I'm not there now...
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