I have never been a morning person. Lately the concept of sleeping in has become something I do not understand. On the seemingly elusive quest for a full nights sleep that continues to slip through my hands, the idea of sleeping in has become something I no longer grasp. I love the days that I can sleep in, although these days, sleeping in is 7:00. Not that I get to do that very often, either. Even my weekends are getting filled with early morning activities.
So I finally get a night that I don’t have anything scheduled in the morning and … I CAN’T SLEEP. I toss and turn all night. My body is tired, but my brain is wide awake. I would get up and go to the living room, but why should I be the only one who can’t sleep? O.K… so I finally get to sleep …
“Dad, I can’t sleep.”
“Well now I can’t either!! Go back to bed.”
So now I finally get back to sleep and… oh… there’s the sun… Well… that was pretty much a pointless night. I may as well have just stayed up and done something productive all night.
I was talking with some friends a few days ago and the topic of sleep came up. It was nice to know that I’m not the only one that doesn’t get any sleep and as I lay awake at night, somewhere out there are others like me who can’t sleep either. Somehow that makes this night a little better.
What helps you sleep? I mean other than locking your kids in a sound proof room. What helps you sleep? For some, it is a good glass of wine before bed. Some a cup of hot tea. When I worked nights and had to sleep during the day, Benadryl was a trusted friend. For me, a day of hard physical work is the best sleep aide. A couple hours of physical work and getting things accomplished is better than anything else. Of course the next morning everything hurts and I don’t want to get up, but at least I get a good nights sleep. An evening of mental work, like writing this article, does the opposite. I go to bed and my brain is stimulated and continues working and I can’t get to sleep. Well, I guess I’m in for another long night tonight… Unless, of course, I decide to go mow the lawn, or build a fence, or… Well, the neighbors would probably not like me doing that in the middle of the night. But then, again, why should I be the only one that can’t sleep?
What helps you sleep? Share your non-prescription tips and tricks that help you get a good nights sleep. Comment below and share this post with your friends to see what helps them sleep.