Zombie mom walking

Falling asleep isn't the problem, it's staying asleep that I can't seem to master

How many of you suffer from sleep problems? Either before the pandemic or because of the pandemic? How many of you are like me and have no problem falling asleep, but suddenly wake up in the middle of the night?

I have never slept well for as long as I can remember – except when I was a teenager. I slept great back then. But my sleep problem now is worse than ever.

I am so exhausted by the end of my day. And, of course, I’m  pushing myself to stay up late to watch that one show and fold that last load of laundry (or just quietly sip an adult beverage). When my head hits the pillow, I am out cold.

But then comes the wake up between 1 and 3 a.m., a few short hours after falling asleep, and I can’t go back to sleep. My mind immediately starts racing, and my anxiety likely roaring after thinking about the things that need to get done, the things I want to have done, and the things I dream about doing – when I am allowed in my own headspace.

If I do fall back asleep, I dream these horrible dreams or constantly toss and turn. I’m living proof that zombies exist. The bags under my eyes are almost drooping to my chin.

I know I am not alone. I see it in news stories and in my friend’ posts on Facebook. So, I am here for suggestions.

I’ve tried meditation apps, sleeping pills, adjusting my to-bed schedule and changing pillows. Do any of you have tricks or tips to help me catch up on some sleep?

Thank goodness there isn’t a coffee shortage (yet, anyway) because I think many of us would sleep walk all day long.


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