Sleep Like A Biddy

September 26th, 2012

Sleeping like a baby. Yeah, right! Who wants to sleep like a baby? Bedtime at 5pm, then up every two hours to eat, burp, or poop?! Not me! But like a wrong turn down a windy road with no easy way to turn around, middle age has brought me places I never thought I’d get  to, including sleepless nights. Between the hot flashes, night sweats, and hair trigger bladder, I seem to wake up every two hours — like a baby! I also find it really hard to fall asleep. This is actually the worst part for me because I used to be such a great sleeper. (Head + Pillow = Sleep.)

Now I find myself dreading bedtime. I wait until I’m half asleep on the couch or in front of my computer before I make my move, thinking perhaps I can sneak up on it… lights off, still sleepy… take off make-up, still sleepy… brush teeth, still sleepy. Oh so close… almost there… just a few feet to the bed…. nope. The minute I crawl in, I’m wide awake.

I can make all sorts of preparations: chamomile tea, sleepy time tea, fall the fuck to sleep tea, but none of it works. I’ve tried night light, total darkness, white noise, total silence. None of it matters; I’m still staring at the ceiling.

The irony is, of course, that I seem to be able to fall asleep any other time of the day. I can even fall asleep standing up. I can sleep on airplanes, buses, cars, during important meetings, while reading or watching TV, while listening to a lecture, on a date, at a concert. You name it, I’ve slept through it.

So where does this sad tale end? I wish I knew, because it’s 2:30am and I’m sitting at my computer writing this.

Count sheep? Hum a happy tune? Knit a sweater? I’ll try anything to get a good night’s sleep. What’s your best remedy?



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  1. Helen Brandt says:

    Tina–you’re too young to have sleep problems. Are you eating any of the things that keep you up? Chocolate? Tea with some caffine (green tea has half of regular, but is usually not decaffinated.) If your sleeplessness is serious, see your Dr. and perhap go to a sleep clinic. Geting enough sleep is REALLY important, not just for babies! Lots of studies are being done showing we need MORE than 8 hours. From Helen, Jenny’s Mom

  2. Jennifer says:

    Hi Tina,

    Welcome to the club! I don’t like a drug induced sleep and I’m assuming you don’t either. The once in a while Advil PM is hard for me to shake off. Have you or would you try Melatonin? It has really helped me get to sleep. And, when I do wake up for my nightly trip to the tinkle room-which I’ve done ever since I was a kid, so I can’t blame it on my age, I can go back to sleep.

    Also, I would say crawling into bed with a good book is better than sitting in front of a screen, be it computer or tv as it has been shown to be stimulating rather than sleep inducing.

    I feel for you!!!



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