Friday, March 27, 2015

Go To Sleep

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

"Go To Sleep" is a song from the film On A Clear Day You Can See Forever.  I've heard that song since I was a kid, and I still can't GO TO SLEEP. (What I loved about that scene is Barbra Strisand is singing and her mind is answering back, and her mind is in a mirror image of her bedroom in different colors.  Green, if I'm not mistaken. It's been a couple of years since I've seen the film.)

I don't usually sing when I can't sleep, which is just about every night.  It would wake up Mr. L and whatever cats happen to be in the bed at the time.

The Chicks have all traded ideas on how to sleep, and most of us STILL aren't getting enough. Leann is sleeping better since she got a new waterbed, but Ellery and I are tossing and turning because we can't shut our minds down.  Mr. L took my picture the other day and I had such terrible dark circles under my eyes it looked like I'd been beaten up.

Kate swears by liquid melatonin.  I tried it, but it left such a terrible after-taste that I stopped using it.  (I should send her the bottle.)  I'm back to tablet melatonin--the max recommended, and taking half before I go to bed, and half several hours later.

Actually, I never had a problem dropping off to sleep. It's 3-4 hours later when I wake up that I can't fall BACK to sleep.  Sometimes a cup of warm milk (with nutmeg sprinkled on it (what Jean-Luc Picard suggested to Dr. Crusher in my favorite Next Gen episode Cause and Effect.) helps, and sometimes it doesn't.

I need some sleep.  Anybody else got a home remedy I can try?  (And thank you.)


Lesley said...

I use essential oils now and they have made a big difference in my sleep. I have a diffuser that I bought on Amazon. It diffuses water vapor and the lavender oil that I put in it. The different companies also have sleep blends that work well. You can rub lavender on the bottom of your feet. Good luck with this!

Duffy Brown said...

I go to sleep with Netflix playing Gilmore Girls or some other series I know by heart. I know it so well that it just sends me off to sleep. Something needs to be playing or my brain just won’t shut down. I put the sound very low and its like white noise.

Jeannie D. said...

Hi, Lorraine. Have you tried Valerian root tablets? I am the same way. I can fall asleep but can't stay asleep.Valerian is safer than over the counter remedies and less side effects. They don't make you feel groggy or hungover the next morning. It helps get you to sleep and lengthens sleep time. It is even good for getting rid of headaches. The only draw back is the smell, kind of like dirty socks! It is also available in tea form as well.

Carol A. Strickland said...

Since I read before bed off my iPad, if I have probs falling asleep I just go to the "meditations" section of iTunes and either do a soothing healing meditation or a lose weight hypnosis session. They're both pretty hypnosis-y, and I'm out like a light by the time they have me traipsing through birdsong-filled, sunny meadows. Yes, I usually wake when they finish, but by then it's easy enough to fall back asleep. And who knows, perhaps I've healed/lost weight during the process?

Maggie Sefton said...

I still fall asleep quickly at night, but like many others I will wake up for a bathroom break and sometimes can't fall asleep quickly again. If I start "thinking" that's it. I'm awake. A couple of years ago I started going downstairs with a blanket and pillow, warm a cup of coconut milk, and turn on PBS or something and relax on the sofa---in the dark & that works. I've found if I turn lights on, my brain flips to "daytime" mode. But---I did buy a Sleep Number bed in Februrary and I'm amazed how much that waking up has stopped because there's no tossing and turning to get comforatble. I set my "number" unbelievably soft and it's wonderful! :)

ceblain said...

I really wish that I could help you with ways to sleep but I have the same problem. Mostt of the time I can fall asleep about 1:00 a.m. but if I wake up then I cannot get back to sleep if I have slept more than two hours. I never take a nap unless I am very very sick and even then it messes up my sleep. I have tried the warm showers, the cocoa, the cool room, etc. but now it seems that regular tea helps a bit (I am allergic to decaf products), and having a little snack of a few crackers or cookies with the tea. I think that lot of my problem with sleep is from pain (over a year long healing problem from a serious infection) but more so Fibromyalgia and Neuropathy. So, what I find helps is to wrap my legs in a one of those small fleece blankets; like the lap blanket size, and that softness and warmth (we had a horrible cold and snowy winter in MA) helped to make me feel better. I want to get one of the new super comfort mattresses that senses your heat level of your body and adjusts to that. I do feel better when the room is cool and not hot and dry. I do keep a bottle of water by my bed to sip if I get dry and start coughing, so maybe someone who has a dry thought would benefit by sips of water. Honestly, I think that whole families are affected by sleep problems as my mother was, and my middle sister is just like me too. She and I are usually up at 3 or 4:00 a.m. having only gone to sleep at 1:00 so we end up texting or calling and solving the problems of the world. :) We both try to go to be relaxed and happy and to accomplish this, I never watch any kind of crime show or anything with murder and mayhem prior to sleeping. I watch cooking shows and that should be relaxing but after falling asleep for two hours I am up and ready to go again. I never yawn all day long or feel really tired, but I do feel more hungry with not sleeping well. I am hoping that new mattress is going to help me. Have you gotten a new one yourself???? There are some really good new types of mattresses that are out now so I hope I can find one that does the trick and lets me sleep for five hours a night or so.
Best of luck with being able to sleep better. The time change seems to make things worse too. Not sure if it is from that or not, but it happens each year.

Cynthia B.

Carol N Wong said...

I am a member of the same club, go to sleep easy but wake up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep. I had this problem in grad school and about the only thing that I can remember from my neurobiology class is the name of the culprit. The recticular activating system is the one that keeps us awake when we need to sleep!

katherine is love said...

I find that when I workout in the evening, before dinner, I sleep wonderful that night. It has helped my sleeping tremendously.