Wednesday, February 24, 2010

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream

Good morning, Sara here.

If you follow me on Twitter or just know me in general, you know I've been going through a rough spot with sleep lately.

Some days, I can sleep deeper and fuller than I could ever imagine.

Then, there are nights like last night. It's probably a good thing my husband didn't encounter me last night. I wasn't a happy person.

I came home from work at noon, ran some errands, and had the full intention of being inside of a blissful dream by 4:00PM. I just felt my body needed the extra rest (I know, I know, it's funny to think of someone trying to sleep at at time when most people are finishing out their natural work day--but give me some slack. I had been up since 2:15AM!).

The appointed hour came and went, and so far, so good. I was in bed, cozy, and inside the kind of dream that promised a good night of relaxation.

Then the phone rang.

Three separate times. Three separate calls.

The final call was work related and came at about 6 PM. I am not ashamed to say it was the most jarring. Sleep was no longer in my grasp after that. She drifted away and didn't return for four and a half hours.

Instead, I just lay there, wishing she'd come back. By the time she did, it almost didn't matter. I only had a few hours left before the alarm.

A lot of people have asked me if I have tried medicine or herbal remedies to sleep, and I have an answer. Unfortunately, everything I've tried has left me feeling like I'm in a fog the next day. I don't want to miss out on my waking life.

So I am stuck.

Any suggestions?


  1. Yikes Sara! Okay, the only thing I could suggest you do is that when you go home, take a hot bath, then make yourself some chamomile tea (you'll find some in most grocery stores). That shouldn't put you in a fog, but you'll get better sleep. Oh, and if at all possible, unplug your phone because those distractions won't help at all... (as I sit here typing this trying to stifle a yawn at 7:45 AM)...

    ~Jeremy Moses (aka jeremy_moses24 on twitter)

  2. Try a sleep aid with Melatonin. My wife's doctor wears by the stuff and it always helps her. It's a natural chemical found in the body that according to him decreases with age, which is why babies sleep so much. It never causes any lingering side effects for her but if you try it, it might be a good idea to start on a weekend just in case. Hope it helps!