Thursday, May 04, 2006


Thirteen things I do when I can't sleep


1. listen to my 'soothing ocean sounds' cd (no, i'm totally serious)
2. flip my pillow over for the cool feeling on my face.
3. think about taking meds for either sleeping or my headache. i have to weigh this carefully.....
4. turn on the fan - open the window, thereby freezing my husband in the morning (i'm sorry honey!)
5. sing hymns in my head - i'm memorizing 'nearer, my God to thee' and 'lead kindly light'
6. yawn. a lot.
7. rearrange my blanket and sheet situation. one leg on top of the blanket, one arm on top, etc., the combinations are nearly endless.
8. i play the game i learned at novelist in training a couple weeks ago; basically, you go through the alphabet from A to Z on a certain topic; boy's names, girl's names, fruits, ice cream flavors (lol) whatever, and even when you get stuck on one, you keep thinking about it....eventually it helps me fall asleep.
9. trying to say the alphabet backwards. this is really super hard.
10. doing that whole tense up your body and then relax it gradually thing. that's ok, but not too effective, if we're being honest.
11. getting up to do something else after a while; surfing the internet mindlessly, crocheting, reading, whew. the list is nearly endless. unfortunately, this often leads to just being up all night instead of its supposed goal that i get tired enough to fall asleep.
12. take a shower or bath
13. any other great ideas???? i'm open to suggestions! (*seriously)

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16 Comments:
Blogger Pink Chihuahua Princess had this to say:

I've always wanted to say the alphabet backwards, but I've never really been that smart or dedicated. :)

My TT are up. Happy Thursday!

7:21 AM 

Blogger Emily had this to say:

YES!! a double dose of pink chihuahua princess! how did i get so lucky? ;)

8:27 AM 

Anonymous Caryn had this to say:

Oh, yay! I'm glad my falling-asleep trick works for you. I've never tried saying the alphabet backwards to fall asleep; may have to give that a try. I do most of these, but nothing involving actually getting out of bed for the same reason you mentioned--because then I'll be up all night. I had a friend who used to clean her bedroom when she couldn't sleep. Hmmmm. Come to think of it, her bedroom was always spotless...

8:35 AM 

Anonymous Denise had this to say:

I can't think of anything else to try. I rarely have problems sleeping, but when I do it drives me crazy! Usually reading blogs late at night works for me since the monitor makes me eyes tired...at that point I can go to sleep.

8:37 AM 

Blogger Stephanie had this to say:

#8! Oh my gosh, I recently started doing that, (I didn't know that Caryn did it) and it works for me EVERY time! Love it.

10:07 AM 

Blogger Emily had this to say:

I lay in bed, and count my breaths, trying to keep them slow and even....don't know if that'll help though! LOL

10:49 AM 

Blogger TNChick had this to say:

I flip my pillows, too! Rearrange my blankets, bug the hubby, etc. LOL

11:38 AM 

Blogger Heather had this to say:

I especially love #5 and #8. Lead Kindly Light is one of my favorites. I've been singing it a lot lately.

Thanks for the words of encouragement, by the way. I'm feeling much better today.

My only suggestion for falling asleep easily lately is just, um, being pregnant. 9 o'clock hits and I start turning into a pumpkin. I'm not worth much for long after that. :)

11:50 AM 

Blogger Muum had this to say:

sorry we have this in common, I wouldn't wish not being able to sleep on anyone, dear

3:08 PM 

Blogger PowersTwinB had this to say:

I have to laugh at the leg/arm combos...thats all about me! lol..and flipping the pillow...thank God I now have Ambien, a sleep aid...although, there is a problem with sleep eating after I take my pill....lol..loved your list! I have my 1st official TT up...come visit!

4:28 PM 

Blogger EmilyRoseJewel had this to say:

It is hard to fall asleep for me. I sleep with a fan on and recite the word "calm" over and over again. I have to fall asleep before hubby does otherwise his snoring keeps me up! My list is up.

8:26 PM 

Blogger Edge had this to say:

My TT are UP!

11:04 AM 

Blogger Buffy had this to say:

When my sister was nine she learned to say the alphabet backwards like super quick.

She's 26 now and its her party trick.

4:49 PM 

Blogger Louise had this to say:

I try counting backwards from a really random high number like 741. It sometimes works.

My husband told me to try imagining that I was falling but then I just started to think too much - where was I falling from? How did the fall start? How far til I landed? That didn't work.

I'm going to try the alphabet game next time.

My TT is up.

10:41 AM 

Blogger Krisco had this to say:

I read something. And not something mindless, like Cosmo or Vogue, which will keep me awake (and feeling un-hip), but something with more substance, like an actual book or The New Yorker. Okay, only The New Yorker, really. Anyway, concentrating on whatever they're saying takes my mind off the fact I'm supposed to be sleeping, and before I know it I'm asleep.

I can't remember anything I read the next day, so I could pretty much use the same issue for like a year, but I don't. : )

Good luck, Sassy L.!

10:21 PM 

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