Remember when I used to brag about how well I slept? I mean, I woke up consistently early on my own with no alarm, but this was easily balanced out by going to bed at 8pm. I consistently got 8 hours of sleep every night. I was awesome.

And then, over the summer, we started staying up later. Like until 9pm or so. And I was still getting up around 4am so my sleep was dropping to 7 hours or less. But still! Some nights I went to bed at 8 and still got my 8 hours, but 7 is still pretty good! Right?

And then school started back up and having to get everyone up and ready early shifted my brain a bit and I started waking up around 3:30am. And this was rough because this brought me UNDER 7 hours consistently and y’all? I had been spoiled. 7 hours or more is required to keep me functioning. I know I’m the only adult in the world who gets 7-8 hours sleep regularly but SLEEP IS IMPORTANT. I NEED SLEEP.

So now with 9pm-10pm bedtimes and 3-3:30am wake up times I was LUCKY to get 6 1/2 hours sleep. And this was not pretty.

AND THEN THE DAMN TIME CHANGED and y’all? I started waking up FOR GOOD FOR THE DAY, before 3am. Which had me – if I was lucky – getting 6 hours of sleep every night. And this was NOT acceptable. And I’ve been complaining about this CONSTANTLY.


6 hours in a row would be LUXURIOUS.

But, no.

For the last 3 nights I’ve woken up around 11:30pm – WIDE AWAKE. Or midnight if I go to bed at 9pm. WIDE AWAKE. Basically, I got to sleep and THREE HOURS LATER I WAKE UP.

I even took melatonin last night and it usually gives me GOOD sleep.

But no. I woke up around midnight and just did some work.

And I hate myself and my life.

This is all your getting out of me today. I know it’s the suckiest entry whining about sleep but y’all? THIS IS INSANE.

How long do you go with this kind of insane sleep schedule before you call your doctor? Because three days in and I’m already thinking I need to be institutionalized.

Of course, it doesn’t help that Nikki has been fighting headaches on a pretty regular basis with this seasonal shift and Wesley is still waking up with leg/foot cramps. (Although – recently – he’s waking when I’m awake so NO BIG DEAL!)

Anyway – it’s 3am and I’m feeling tired again so I may try to get some more sleep. Give me some advice, will you?

14 thoughts on “ZZZZzzzzzz…”

  1. Does benedryl make you sleepy? You may want to try that one night. If that doesn’t work, I would definitely call your doctor. Even it does work, I would make an appointment.

  2. hmmm, I was going to suggest melatonin until I finished reading. Maybe instead of doing work do like a 20 minute relax yoga routine and play soft music. I have somethings that help trigger sleepy time for me. And quiet music and herbal tea help relax me back down.
    Also I don’t know how your eating has been going but whenever I don’t get enough sleep (the first 2 years of my youngest’s life) I have a terrible time not eating all the sugar in the world. Something about being tired really makes me crave terrible food. I don’t really have any advice except maybe be kind to yourself. And hopefully your body will snap out of it soon.

  3. If you find the secret, please do tell, lol. I’ve started taking melatonin but if I don’t sleep for 8 hours I’m all foggy when I wake up. If I get up in the middle of the night I’m stumbling around like a drunk person.

    Sleep is so important and I require 7-8 hours on a regular basis. If I don’t get it … everything goes to hell in a hand basket, so I get it.

  4. I’m just happy I’m not the only one who really tries to get 8 hours. I feel like nowadays adults function on 6 willingly and I’m all, “YOU PEOPLE ARE INSANE.”

  5. I was thinking about that as I was falling back to sleep at 2:30am, that maybe I just need to work with a new sleep cycle!! HA!

  6. I go through terrible bouts of anxiety related insomnia. One thing that helps is Magnesium before bed. Another thing that helps is plenty of sunshine during the day, I know you’re in a cold climate so maybe you need to get a SAD lamp… And finally, if you think it’s anxiety related, talk to your dr about a low dose alprazolam for nighttime.

  7. I have a similar problem with insomnia and the three best solutions I’ve found that helped me were:
    1. Make my brain tired before bed with a puzzle or meditation or a book that’s not a pleasure book (like a book on politics or feminism or something. In other words, no Harry Potter type of books)
    2. I kept a food log for items I ate after 6pm (I go to bed at 11 so you might want to start keeping track from earlier) and discovered a few foods that GUARANTEE either keep me up at night or make me wake up earlier than I want to. (For me it was all forms of alcohol, chocolate, most types of dessert/sweet stuff, and any highly processed stuff i.e. pretty much anything that comes from a packet)
    3. Drink A LOT of water during the day and a glass (or more -depending on your peeing needs) before bed. I found out I was waking up dehydrated and as soon as I drank a good amount of water, I was able to get back to sleep, no problem. I keep a liter of water next to the bed and whenever I wake up in the middle of the night, I drink a full glass and try to get back to sleep. I give it 15 min before giving up and getting up. 8 out of 10 times this works, and I fall asleep without even realizing.
    Hope this helps!

  8. This is really bad advice, but advice that works for me. A glass of wine about an hour before bed helps me to zonk out and gives me more hours of interrupted sleep. I will do that a couple of nights a week. I realize using booze to pass yourself out is not a solution (lol), but might give you some temporary relief?!

  9. I don’t have any suggestions…I am similar- I have been waking up at 2 -3 and my brain has decided it’s ready for the day. :/

    This just proves to me though that my mom is right- people who are morning people (early risers) have a worse time with this time change than others. I am STILL getting use to it. It didn’t help that the week after the time changed I changed timezones for a weekend.

    Let me know if you find anything helpful, I have tried melatonin, reading, tylenol pm (which just makes me grumpy when I get up because I want to go back to sleep), nothing works 🙁

  10. I was JUST reading about how instead of 8 hours, people used to get 4 hours, a small awake break, then 4 hours. And it explained SO. MUCH. of my insomnia.

    I find I am much happier and likely to go back to sleep if I:

    1) move to a guest bed (where I can’t hear my husband snore – I will seethe over his presumptuous beauty rest)
    2) start reading a book that I like but have read before (so I can nod off mid-sentence). Our guest beds are in rooms that are cooler than the main bedroom which I think helps as well.


    This isn’t the article I read, but has several sleep cycle suggestions.

  11. I get terrible leg cramps in the middle of the night whenever I’m training for a marathon and the only thing that works for me is doing the Legs Up the Wall yoga pose (http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART03455/Legs-Up-the-Wall-Pose.html). I’ve also heard that this pose helps with insomnia (I do sleep better after I do it so maybe there’s truth to that!), so maybe this would help both you and Wesley? You could do it together before bedtime as part of your routine or when you wake up in the middle of the night. And you don’t necessarily have to meditate while you’re doing it, I’ve done it while having conversations with my husband and kids before and still felt the benefits. Hopefully you find something that helps you soon, being up all night and then having a full day is not fun!

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