Do Over

Man oh man I had a bad sleep last night.  My eyes are literally drooping as I type this.  In fact this morning as I was hitting snooze, and snooze, and then snooze again I was wishing and hoping for a do over.  You know rewind the clock to last night and try the sleep again.  I know I was tossing and turning.  And whenever I did fall asleep it must have been in a twisty pretzel position because my knee is throbbing this morning.

Interestingly enough I have seen a TONNE of New Year’s Resolutions that involve getting more sleep.  In the Chinese zodiac it’s the year of the dragon.  But in the North American zodiac it must be the year of the 8 hours of rest.

Sleep is a very very precious commodity at our house.  Brad has two sleeping disorders that disrupt both his sleep and mine.  He’s declined medication and instead has focused on lifestyle changes to try to improve his resting time.  The most important change is the wind down.  At 10pm it’s time for us to wind down.  We turn off the computer, the tv, the phones and we go to bed to read.  Obviously we’re not perfect every night but we try to stick to it as often as possible.

I wrote an article over at the Fitfluential blog with all the tips that the doctor gave Brad to get a better night’s rest.  Go check it out.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight.

Okay sorry, I realize Christmas is over.

What are your tips for getting a better night’s sleep?  Is sleep included on your new year’s resolutions?

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6 Responses to Do Over

  1. Getting enough sleep is always a goal for me because I struggle with insomnia. I have been dealing with it since elementary school. I took sleep medication in high school and I never will again because it really caused me to miss out on a lot since I was so groggy for the first third of the day, so I understand why Brad wants to find lifestyle changes instead.
    In the past four years I have figured out a system that works pretty well for me, and it’s just the basic stuff like go to bed and wake up around the same time every day, don’t bring the computer into bed, no caffeine in the afternoon/evening. Things “they” say to do. Sometimes I let these habits slip and the insomnia starts right back up again. The one hurdle I haven’t been able to overcome is sleeping when I’m not at home. When I’m staying at someones house, I take a benadryl because it’s like taking 1/2 a unisom and I find that it helps me fall asleep and stay asleep rather than waking every hour, and I don’t feel groggy in the morning because the dose is so low.

  2. I am definitely in need of some more quality sleep. I have woken up exhausted every day this week!! I do find that getting up when its dark out really effect my energy though no matter how many hours I logged :(

  3. Regularity and habits have helped my insomnia become an infrequent thing instead of a daily thing.

    No sleeping in; skip the caffeine; wind down before bed with reading for at least a half an hour (no TV or Computer), regular exercise, etc.

    Medication left me feeling hungover so I avoid it at all costs.

  4. I’ve had trouble sleeping since I was little. It used to be allergy related, and now I think its just life related. I try to fall asleep listening to the tv. I know its not one of those things that’s recommended, but it works for me. I need a distraction from my thoughts, otherwise my mind will never shut off.

  5. Getting more sleep was one of my resolutions for 2011, and I’ve failed miserably. So I didn’t include it this year. I’ve been struggling with getting enough sleep since starting my current job, which was 4.5 years ago. This job forces me to get up between 5 and 5:30 am every single day. As I’m naturally a ‘night owl’, I just can’t bring myself to go to bed before 11 pm. That leaves me with an average of 6 hours of sleep per night, which is about 1-2 hours to little for my body.
    Instead of forcing me to go to bed earlier, I’ve just accepted the fact that I have to operate on too little sleep every day. It’s not so bad actually, as I usually get to ‘catch up’ on the weekends.

  6. Katy Widrick says:

    I’m working on sleep, although not as a resolution. I used to get up at 5:30 most mornings to run or walk, but that was leaving me super exhausted. Now I’m sleeping in (6:30) and working out after work instead. So far, so good!

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