Friday, January 09, 2009

Sleep tips?

I love sleep.  Don't you?  I especially love sleeping in until say 8 or 9 in the morning.  All during the holiday break we slept in each and every day.  It was so refreshing to be able to do that.  But now that we're back in the routine of school, I am having the hardest time making myself get up in the morning.  

I think part of the problem is that I am not getting good quality sleep at night.  It is taking me at least one hour or longer to actually fall asleep.  I toss and turn and feel like I am wide awake.  And it's not that we're going to bed early or anything.  Generally we get the kids tucked in between 8:30 and 9:30 and I crawl into bed feeling tired around 10pm.  That's the thing that I don't get.  I am tired and so ready to sleep, but then when I actually climb into bed I don't feel tired anymore.  

It totally doesn't make sense to me. 

I haven't really changed my routine much.  I have been working out at the gym every night, I cut off caffeine in the afternoon, I have increased my water intake, and I have been eating better.  So one would think that all those things combined, I would be able to hit the pillow and fall to sleep immediately (like I am used to).  But my mind is not at rest.  It starts to race.

But there is one little thing that I have not mentioned yet.  Wine.  And lack there of.  

I have not had a single glass of wine in almost a week.  Gasp!

You may be checking to see if you're reading the right blog at this moment and let me assure you that you're in the right spot.  (You may not think so in the coming week, but that's a whole other post - stay tuned - exciting things on the horizon!) 

I decided to cut out the wine for awhile and see how I felt.  I actually don't crave it like I used to, not that I was an alcoholic or anything, but it was a habit to come home at night after a good sweat at the gym and pour myself a glass of wine.  Then after dinner I would pour myself another glass of wine.  I think it really helped wind me down and helped me relax, but who needs that kind of crutch?  

I'm not saying that I am going to quit drinking wine indefinitely, but I felt I needed this break.

I don't know, could that be the problem - withdrawal?  Any suggestions or tips would be really helpful (except ones telling me to start drinking wine again).  Bring 'em on.  PLEASE!

1 comment:

  1. I find if I start to read a book at night when I go to bed (which isn't very often unless I'm on vacation) it makes me fall asleep faster. I think it kinda makes your body/mind wind down a little before you fall asleep. It is worth a try, I guess. Just don't pick a book that is so good you can't put it down. My only other suggestion and I've never tried it/I think it sounds awful, but warm milk - that is an old one and who knows if it even works. Sounds to me though that you just need something to slow your mind down once you lay down, am I right? Good luck. ~Laura


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