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justplaincharlotte
01-10-2012, 05:17 AM
Dear heavens my sleep schedule has changed to that of a newborn with their days and nights mixed up. :nails:

I've knitted through the BCS Championship more than enough to make my hands hurt- maybe I've strengthened my hands and wrists a bit. (wishful thinking there :pray: ).

I've cleaned my kitchen *and* my kitchen cabinets inside and out. :ick:

I've considered cleaning our bathroom, but that would wake up DH. Really bad idea. :noway:

I've entered every knitting book I own into my Ravelry library.:roll:

I've watched a video on how to work a new to me stitch for the vintage baby sweater I'm too tired to knit on, lest I mess it up. (at least something good other than a clean kitchen has come of this particular sleepless night)

No, no, no, I can't go to Knit Picks, eBay, or any of my favorite online yarn sites and browse. That way financial madness lies.:fingerwag:

I did find a way cool slipper pattern on Ravelry to add to my ever-growing list of projects/patterns I'll likely never get around to knitting.:shrug:

I know I'm tired when swapping places with Wile E. Coyote so the anvil drops on my head and I achieve blissful unconsciousness sounds like a remarkably good idea.:thud:

All, how do you get to sleep when you just CAN'T get to sleep?:???:

ChatyKathy
01-10-2012, 09:29 AM
I know where your comming from its so hard to get my mind to shut off at night. I lay in bed reading till I start yawning and then try to go to sleep but the dogs outside will start barking nd then the dogs inside start also. So guess who is awake??? Hopefully I will catch up on sleep soon. Good luck and hope you do to!

GrumpyGramma
01-10-2012, 10:30 AM
Sorry to see this here. Hope you catch some good zzzzzz soon. Sleepless is the pits. Sometimes melatonin seems to help me. Mostly I read till I fall asleep then wake up about 3 hrs later. grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr:zombie:

Lighting57
01-10-2012, 11:55 AM
I understand your grief.
Most nights that I have trouble going to sleep, I usually drift off to sleep around 3am.
Some mornings it can be as late as 5pm.
I don't stay up late either.
I'm usually in the bed to sleep between 10-11pm.

On the worse nights I will finally get up and read for a couple of hours.
That is unless hubby rolls over and realizes I'm not in the bed. He then insist that I come back to bed.
He can't sleep without me in there with him.
I'm the opposite.
I sleep best alone.

I'd love to do the cleaning then, but it would wake him up.
So I'm stuck either laying there in the dark waiting for sleep or slipping off to read.
If I can remember where my glasses are.

In my case I believe it has a lot to do with post menauknowwhat than anything else.

Wanda Witch
01-10-2012, 03:14 PM
I see I am not alone in the 'sleepless in bed' routine. I will be sleepy, yawning, ready for some zzzzz's and then in bed I am wide awake looking at the ceiling. Eventually, I give up, get up, browse around on the computer until it is generally around 1:00 a.m. It is really a drag on the body too. I wish I had a solution - would gladly share with all.:shrug:

justplaincharlotte
01-10-2012, 05:34 PM
I'm sorry to hear I'm not the only one who goes through this. :sad:

Lighting, my DH is similar to yours, heaven forbid I can't sleep and stay up. He will get up and ask me to come to bed. Laying abed and unable to sleep is a special form of torture. :zombie:

GG, I will investigate melatonin for whether or not it interacts with other meds (an ever-present issue of mine:hair:) and if I can take it, I'll give it a try.

I'm wondering how much of this not being able to fall asleep is change of life related? I wish it was as fast and easy as Archie Bunker told Edith it should be: "So change!" :doh:

Antares
01-10-2012, 07:24 PM
Me too!

I used to never have problems going to sleep, but here lately, it has been recurring just about every night. My hubby does not like it when I'm not sleeping with him either, but I sleep best alone. So I usually start out in bed with him, make sure he's asleep, and then move to the other bed where I usually go right to sleep! He whines and complains about me not sleeping with him, but that's the price I'll have to pay if I want to sleep some every night! I just try not to let his whining annoy me. But what's with these men who MUST have their wives in bed with them?

And then there's the sleeplessness. I used to read really really boring books--historical geology and social theory to put me to sleep. That almost always did the trick, and I was asleep in a few minutes.

I've cleaned out my books, though, and no longer have those gems. Now I'm more likely to play word games, read bookmaking books (something about this instantly makes my brain tired even though I love to make books), or knit or crochet something simple.

Some nights I try to go to bed early when I'm really really sleepy, but if hubby's not in bed at the time, he will ALWAYS wake me up when he comes to bed. He can't seem to do anything in the dark, and must have all the lights on. I've ask him not to do this, but he can't seem to get it through his head that lights wake me up, and I don't want to be woke up because then it will take me hours to go back to sleep. SIGH!!!

Sometimes being married is a pain!!

heatherm36
01-10-2012, 10:37 PM
I actually had to be prescribed meds to sleep. Now that i'm not working right now, I don't take them so I don't go to sleep till about 3 am then I don't sleep till after 4 at the earliest.

I found that reading the news sort of lulls me to sleep sooner, so I have 15 different news sites on my phone ;)

Jan in CA
01-11-2012, 04:21 AM
Ugh! I feel for you all. I've never been a great sleeper though it is worse since menopause. I've tried the various OTC remedies, but they don't work well for me. I finally decided my quality of life was being compromised being so tired all the time so I ended up getting Ambien. I get the highest dose (10 mg), but often only take half along with a couple benedryl. I only use the other half if I'm not asleep within a few hours.

My DH gets up to see if I'm okay but then let's me alone thank god. He usually doesn't mind the light on in bed either if I read late. . ;)

justplaincharlotte
01-11-2012, 12:35 PM
GG, I just had to tell you the melantonin worked! Thank you so much for bringing it to my attention! :muah: Last night I went to bed *and* went to sleep at 11 pm for the first time in months. And I woke up at 8 am feeling like a brand new woman. Slept like the proverbial babe....

I will say that if you decide to try it, please look it up online to see if it it reacts with medicines or medical conditions you have.

I'll be honest, I was desperate enough to try it even though it might have raised my blood sugar. It didn't, checked by testing. And the med I take that it can affect, I'll be having my regular bloodwork shortly so we"ll see.

I figured it was a worthwhile experiment having fought this insomnia for a few years, and I'm tired of fighting if I don't have to.

GrumpyGramma
01-11-2012, 01:36 PM
GG, I just had to tell you the melantonin worked! Thank you so much for bringing it to my attention! :muah: Last night I went to bed *and* went to sleep at 11 pm for the first time in months. And I woke up at 8 am feeling like a brand new woman. Slept like the proverbial babe....

I will say that if you decide to try it, please look it up online to see if it it reacts with medicines or medical conditions you have.

I'll be honest, I was desperate enough to try it even though it might have raised my blood sugar. It didn't, checked by testing. And the med I take that it can affect, I'll be having my regular bloodwork shortly so we"ll see.

I figured it was a worthwhile experiment having fought this insomnia for a few years, and I'm tired of fighting if I don't have to.
Desperate times call for desperate measures. I'm so glad it helped! I took melatonin last night and it seemed to work, I slept better than I had in a while, I'm never quite sure it's not just coincidence and that was a night I would have slept anyhow. I found time release tabs and they seem to help me stay asleep longer. My understanding is that as we get older our bodies don't produce melatonin like they used to. One problem they don't fix is, I sleep but don't feel rested.

My grandson has Aspergers and I guess part of it is not sleeping well. They have melatonin for him, the doctor recommended it but said to be careful of the dosage, it doesn't take much. Of the various things we can try on our own, this may well be one of the safest.

GrumpyGramma
01-11-2012, 02:11 PM
I just thought of something else that might help. Full-spectrum fluorescent lights. I used to have them for plants, but now I don't. When I used them my depression was lessened and I think I slept better too. I keep intending to get a full-spectrum bulb for the lamp by my knitting chair and never remember when I go out to the store. Anyhow, I think part of the problem is that we don't get enough sun exposure and full-spectrum lighting helps some. Here in gray-skies western Washington natural light is really at a premium. Maybe I'll remember to find a bulb for my lamp now.

Lighting57
01-11-2012, 04:56 PM
Do you have to have a prescription for melantonin?
If not, where do you find it in the pharmacy or do you have to ask for it?

GrumpyGramma
01-11-2012, 05:44 PM
Do you have to have a prescription for melantonin?
If not, where do you find it in the pharmacy or do you have to ask for it?
I bought my melatonin at Grocery Outlet, their vitamins and things are cheaper than at other stores. Not Rx. Most stores that carry vitamins should have it. Just look in the vitamin section. If you don't see it, you could ask to find out where it is, if the store carries it.

Wanda Witch
01-11-2012, 06:12 PM
Just a footnote to you ladies whose husbands can't sleep if you are not in the same bed with them. Well, I was 34 when I married DH, always slept in my 'own' bed growing up and into adulthood. My DH snores and it drove me to distraction :poke: as I had to get up a lot earlier than he did, something like 4:30a.m. in order to dress, makeup, hair, coffee and catch a commuter bus for a 60+ trip to work. I would go into the living room of our first little rented apartment that had a sectional sofa, and of course, would awaken with the sections apart as these were not the type sofa(s) you would probably buy for yourself. Finally, it was my decision to buy a queen-sized sofa bed and it was that or the highway out. I had to work. Since then, even on vacation in hotels, etc.,we have our own bed. Oh, just had our 48th anniversary, and believe me, the marriage would not have lasted, either divorce,:sad: murder :noway: or me dead:passedout: from exhaustion back in '63. Gotta stand up for your rights, sleep is not a luxury it is a necessity to function.:sleepy:

justplaincharlotte
01-13-2012, 01:24 AM
GG, Full spectrum lights are AWESOME for just about everything from seasonal affective disorder (winter depression) to reading to houseplants/fish. I originally bought mine for needlepoint & cross stitch years ago, still use it for reading, and it's a must for knitting, so much so that now I'm the houseplant beneath it! :rofl:

I just wish I could put them throughout my house...

justplaincharlotte
01-13-2012, 01:32 AM
Lighting, check the vitamin section of your local pharmacy. I got mine at Rite-Aid, for about $10. It's been the least expensive experiment I've ever tried, and probably the most effective too.

Speaking of, I'm about to fall asleep at the computer, so nitey night everyone! I'm loving this :sleepy: even though it comes from a pill. I'll take it however I can get it these days.

RosaMarie
02-22-2012, 11:38 AM
My Mom has used melatonin and it worked great for her, but she was always hesitant to take it very often so she still suffered from a lot of sleepy nights (still does!).

One thing that I find helps me is a tea called "Sleepy Time Extra". It's from Celestial Teas of something like that and has Valerian Root in it. I get it at my local grocer and I know Publix has it too. It's in the regular tea aisle and is pretty cheap.

I find looking at my phone, the computer or a TV is the worst thing I can do when I'm up in the middle of the night. It makes me even more awake. Reading is usually what I resort to.

Wanda Witch
02-22-2012, 02:36 PM
Since my previous post my DH purchased from Costco a product by Costco (Kirkland Brand) called Sleep-Aid. Two bottles to the carton. DH and I both have a difficult time not only falling asleep but staying that way. We each have been using this for about 30-days or more and it has helped us both tremendously. No sleepy, hangover feeling in the a.m. either. IF you have a Costco in your vicinity it might be worth a try. So far no adverse reaction(s) by either one of us. Crossed Fingers