Friday, August 15, 2008

Sleepless

Lately, this is me...



No NO No, not Tom Hanks. Just someone who wanders around the house at night. I don't think it has anything to do with the Divorce. I certainly don't miss him nor do I fantasize about getting back together (that would be a NIGHTMARE not a fantasy, people). But lately, I just cannot sleep.

Let's see, there's the HOT FLASHES...





And there's the work stress...



And sometimes, I think I'm just getting old.

But I wake up in the middle of the night, freaking out because of the very long to do list.

I never used to be like this. I LIKE sleep. Really. I do. But lately? I just wander the halls, wondering.... Am I becoming my mother? I love her to death and there are many ways I wish I could be more like her. But the whole sleepless thing? Nah, she can keep that one all to her self, really...


9 comments:

suz said...

The stress is causing this sleeping problem, I am sure of this. Have you tried to make a list of all your to-do's before bed? I am sure the list is long, but perhaps that will let you get them out of your brain. I know when I am stressed about too much on my plate, mostly I wake up all night thinking of those things,and just writing them down ensures that I won't forget them.
Or else plan B.
Tylenol PM. Just one will do the trick.
The hot flashes....geeze you are too young for that. Can't help you there.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

It only happens to me once in a great while--it's absolutely miserable.

I hope you get it squared away soon. Are you writing everything you need to do down when you wake up? That's supposed to be really helpful.

Jennifer said...

I used to love sleep too! I just can't get it into my head that sleep is good. Sleep should start before 11pm, 10 if I'm lucky.

And it's the same for me too. I don't miss or want him back and figuring out who I am. The mind just keeps racing while the body lags behind.

myra said...

I've been having the same problem for the last year. Except I wake up at obscenely early hours of the morning. I'm sorry you're going through this. I do agree with Suz - Tylenol PM really helps me. And the hot flashes? That's just wrong. I insist that we are way too young for that!

DF said...

Ease up on the Diet Soda after 8PM, maybe that would help.

Carol P. said...

If I wake up after about 3am, I can't get back to sleep until around 6. I can lay in bed 'til then and obsess, or I can get up, go downstairs and watch TV, surf the net, sort clutter in the playroom (we need to convert it to big-kid stuff now that the youngest is -- gasp! -- 7) or read a book. Either way, my body will decide to fall asleep at 6 or so.

It's just my sleep cycle, like how if I don't fall asleep at 10:45pm, I'll be up 'til midnight before I can fall asleep. Both are a royal PITA when the alarm goes off at 5:15am, y'know? And yes, it's most likely to happen when I'm obsessing.

So like Suz suggests, make a list of to-dos, or big categories at least. If things occur to you at 2:am, write 'em down quick and say "I'll remember to deal with this in the morning," or something?

Then life can be like the Seinfeld episode where he wrote down the funniest joke in the middle of the night and couldn't figure out what he wrote the next morning....

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

Oh! I hope you get some rest soon. Sleep deprivation is tough.

XOXOXOXO

Amy said...

My sister was just telling me the same thing was happening to her lately. And so I'll tell you the same thing - it probably has a lot to do with stress!

And I agree with suz - (being the list maker that I am) - you should make a list before bed of everything you have to do. I've even been known to get out of bed to add to my list!

The Girl Next Door said...

OH I am a master list maker. And I have been known to wake up in the middle of the night and make lists, too. But lately, that just doesn't cut it.

A little Internet surfing and some fun web sites (something about "home diagnosis.com" or something) has led me to believe I may be suffering from "caffeine intoxication." I don't usually have diet coke after 3 or 4pm, but apparently I have enough all day to keep me awake and maybe give me the hot flashes.

Today I have only had 2.5, which is a huge improvement. My body is still flashing but not as much. Maybe after a week or so it will get back to normal?? whatever that is...

thanks for the tips people! and the love...