I’ve always been something of an insomniac, ever since my early teens. I don’t really want to talk about why. Let’s just say, I have the can’t fall asleep variety. Once I’m exhausted enough to pass out…sleep is so good.
I’m tired while writing this post. In an effort to (once again) fix my sleep schedule to something more productive, I slept for only four hours early this morning. I try lots of tips. Sometimes they work and sometimes the very same tip stops working. Feel free to share your ideas all the same. I take melanin tablets about a half hour before I’m supposed to go to bed. They worked at first, but not really anymore.
I shut off glowing screens but sometimes end up awake five hours later (having tossed and turned without sleep for three of those hours). It’s gotten worse (and more frequent) with my invisible illness. It’s not gotten any better since I quit drinking caffeine daily.
I’ve noticed, once I fix my sleep schedule, I don’t particularly like the new one that takes over either. If I’m not awake til the wee hours of morning, sleeping during the day, I’m…awake in the latter half of the wee hours of morning and passing out about 8pm. That sucks for a few reasons.
1. My favourite shows tend to play after 8pm.
2. Even before my insomnia I had night owl tendencies. I remember being one of the last to sleep at nearly every sleep over (if I got sleep at all) and then the last waking.
3. In bed by 10pm, absolute latest no matter what I might miss. Riding my exhaustion growing since 7pm, if I make it to midnight, my sleep schedule is toast. I’ll be up all night into the wrong wee hours of the morning.
4. If I get sick, which will eventually happen, my sleep schedule is also toast.
Reasons for sticking with it anyway are fairly obvious. I’m a mom and I’m a home school mom. Plus, it sucks sleeping in the bed at a different time as your spouse…unless he’s snoring loud before you get there (It’s all cool if I fall asleep first).
In short, I’m tired now and sleep calls me. Rather than beggar out of posting, I’ll simply write about sleep…and a lack of it.