The weekend is near! You most likely will have the opportunity to climb into bed at your own leisure and hopefully leave the alarm clock switched to “off” for at least one night this weekend (unless the baby or your pets wake you). But as we get older and take on more responsibility, these “opportunities” for restful sleep may not actually feel like opportunities at all.
Sleep is difficult. A love/hate relationship. You know you need it; you know you love it, but it can be really difficult to get what you need, when you need it. I’ve been there and suffered on and off for years, waking up in the middle of the night feeling hopeless (not to mention walking around like a zombie with a coffee cup glued to my hand the next day).
I am here to tell you there is hope. There are many options to try, and if you’ve tried “EVERYTHING,” call me and we’ll work together to figure it out. We all deserve good sleep, but it can take some effort to find what works best for us. Restful sleep is also an evolving process, similar to our lives. Once you turn around those sleeping habits, everything else in your life then falls into place.
I found this article really helpful and have tried every one of these ideas except for GABA (I like to try as many non-medicinal resources first). I would add wax earplugs to the list if you are a light sleeper and tend to be woken easily (they sound miserable, but the benefits FAR outweigh the negative and you get used to them quickly).
I now sleep great for 7+ hours a night, with a puppy at the foot of my bed too – not every night is perfect, but my mood, energy and creativity have all been positively influenced by ensuring I get restful sleep.