Sleepless in Houston

(photo courtesy of flickr: wwarby)

Since July I’ve been making my health a priority but one thing that has been troublesome is my inability to get a good night’s sleep.

And by troublesome, I mean…I wake up after an hour or so of going to bed and I can’t get back to sleep.

Which is not good.

I mean, at first it was kind of great. I’d get so much done during the middle of the night and still have energy the next day. Over Christmas I decked the entire halls in the wee hours. If it wasn’t moving, it had tinsel glue gunned to it. Literally. (FYI - Our dog sleeps very still at night.)

But I also discovered that I don’t make the best choices in the middle of the night. At 3:00 a.m. I felt like it was ok to glue gun decorations directly to banisters and walls. My husband questioned that executive decision when he was pulling down decorations in January along with two layers of paint.

And after many sleepless nights, I’m started to get…well….tired!

So when I discovered the National Sleep Foundation, a source for all things related to sleep health, was going to be at the Blissdom conference I attended in March, I grabbed my blankie and made their soothing suite my home away from home for the duration of the conference.

What I learned:

  1. Stress is a culprit in my inability to sleep
  2. My bedroom is not set-up properly for me to get a good night’s rest
  3. I have several bad habits that prevent me falling asleep

So I’ve started to tackle the stress part. It’s not an easy one for me. I’ve dealt with stress, anxiety and depression throughout my life.

But I’m beginning to see how it’s a vicious cycle….no sleep  - not productive during the day/not able to deal with stress I encounter - stressed out at night about what I need to do/haven’t gotten done - no sleep….

I’m also working on getting my bedroom set-up so it’s conducive to a good night’s sleep and working on bad habits I’ve developed over the years like taking my laptop and work to bed with me.

I know. I know.

In addition to education about sleep and how it relates to good health and (HELLO?!) weight loss, the National Sleep Foundation also provides information about products that help you doze off and get a good night’s rest.

I’ve tried out a couple and I’m so excited to share them (and my success!) with you. I’ll be covering the first one, my first tool for serious sleep; The Dohm Sound Conditioner, tomorrow.

Until then, tell me. Do you have trouble with sleep? What works for you?




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