The Ongoing Adventures of Naked Girl

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Things That Go Bump In The Night

I have been battling severe insomnia for several weeks. Even sleeping pills just get me to 3:00 AM or so before I am awake and ready for battle. I have a lot on my mind, which keeps me thinking long after I should be counting sheep, but these 3:00 AM sojourns need to stop.

All I do is think about what needs to be done around the house or at work. It ends up making my brain work over time when I should be sleeping. I tend to read or bead just to "numb" the brain into sleep, but it's not working. I hate that I'm wide awake at these ungodly hours, especially because I end up nodding off at my desk or at some meeting.

I can't tell you how often this has caused me to go in to work before 6:00 AM and then end up staying until well after 5:00 PM. I am just a bundle of nervous energy that probably a good turn at the gym would solve, but that would mean actually making time for a workout, which isn't in the cards right now.

So, what do I do at 3:00 AM? I read (I've finished about 10 books in the last few weeks), bead, surf the Internet. I should be writing in my journal to get some of this shit out of my mind, but it's too laborious to even put on paper.

Right now, it's 3:50 AM - I've been up since 2:30 AM and I know I should go to bed and try to sleep until the alarm goes off at 5:30 AM, but I can't. I toss; I turn; I sweat (where did this come from?); I itch; I think.

I know a body gets used to a pattern, but this is just ridiculous. Even sitting here, all I can think about is trying to sleep. Grrrr......

Off to try and count sheep, even if it's only for another hour or so....



  • At 9:05 AM , Blogger Holly said...

    I have the same 2-3 am phenomena. Sometimes I stubbornly stick it out and lay in bed.

    Sometimes I get up and go play my addictive little video games.

    Ebaying is a favorite, and scrapbooking is a new favorite. I've looked at beading but the beads are *so* small... i'm afriad I'd end up with more on the floor than in my project.

  • At 9:45 AM , Blogger Jenn said...

    I go through weeks on end where I'm up around 2:00 or 3:00, too. I found that Ambien CR worked really well at keeping me asleep all night.

  • At 12:04 PM , Blogger Uisce said...

    Wifey sometimes has the up-all-night's with the thoughts-a-racing, which is a bummer when I don't realize it and then try and wake her up in the morning! :/

  • At 2:27 PM , Blogger Shannon said...

    I hope that you can get some good all night sleep soon... is your gym open early? if so go then... mine is open from Monday at 5am until Friday 8pm... ever closes between those hours...

  • At 11:56 AM , Blogger Denise said...

    I've heard that celery (crazy but true) can be a good, natural cure for insomnia (and, of course, a crazy-good source of fiber!), so perhaps give that a try when you wake up.

    I've been there, done that several times in the last few months and can commiserate completely because it's MISERABLE.

  • At 11:27 PM , Blogger Fantastagirl said...

    a co-worker uses ambien-cr (sp?) and she says it works for her - perhaps it would help?

  • At 11:39 AM , Anonymous September said...

    Thanks for writing this.


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