Friday, July 1, 2016

Late Night Conversations with My Brain

Like many of you, I struggle with occasional bouts of insomnia, especially when I'm anticipating an event in the morning, e.g. an early flight, a test, a race.

I like to turn on a cooking or home reno show to help distract my brain from thoughts that will prevent sleep. But sometimes it just doesn't work and my night goes something like this:







































Eventually, I do manage to fall asleep and wake up ready to tackle whatever special event is in store for that day.



Questions:
1. Do you get insomnia?
2. Do you have any good methods for conquering it?
3. Is your brain as annoying as mine?

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39 comments:

  1. I struggled with insomnia so much until we adopted our daughter. I swear I thought it was going to be a forever thing. Even when I was little my sleeping was terrible and I was a light sleeper which I think all came together to create me as the voracious reader I am today. I had so much time on my hands especially at night when no one else was awake.
    I tried everything back then. Meditation and white noise yoga everything. Now I just think I'm too exhausted to have insomnia. Maybe get you a baby :-) become a nanny or move in with me.

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    1. Oh yes! I read in bed all the time growing up too! As for the baby thing...yeah, not so much. But I would certainly visit <3

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  2. Love your drawings. Could feel everything. Now I play games on my phone and listen to stupid stuff on the radio at 3:00 a.m.It's so annoying.

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    1. :) I don't like to get out my phone if I can help it. I think that wakes me up even more.

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  3. You nailed it! Now *I* want some peanut butter toast ....

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    1. Haha! Go enjoy your toast--so glad you could relate, Coco :D

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  4. Oh it only gets better as one gets older...so that's probably why I work out. I was never a good sleeper. I stayed up all night at Christmas (my poor parents)- once I found a job that exhausts me (working with preschoolers all day) and training for triathlon, I swear that's my reason...so I can fall instantly to sleep! Love the drawings and conversation w/Ms. Brain!

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    1. Thank you! Yeah, I do tend to sleep better when I'm exhausted after work, but since I'm not doing that these days sleep is a bit more dicey.

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  5. Ugh, that is so my mind...especially reliving things that I 'regret' or am embarrassed by :O Sigh The drawings are spot on!

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    1. Thanks Linda! Monkey brain is the worst--sorry you have it too!

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  6. Haha! This is totally me! Last night I woke up and my feet were throbbing. I was sweating. I had to pee. Then I ruminated about work. Thought about getting up for some ibuprofen for my feet. But didn't want to wake the dog. Then I was cold.

    It's like you know me... :)

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    1. Throbbing feet! That sounds like a terrible way to wake up, let alone everything else! I guess I'm not "glad" you can relate but there's always comfort in knowing I'm not alone :P

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  7. I have very minor sleeping issues sometimes but nothing like you are describing. How stressful! Thanks for joining us for coffee today although perhaps coffee is not what you need!

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    1. Haha! Excellent point. Now I will go drink my coffee...because I love it.

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  8. I can so relate to this as a lifelong insomniac!! I have no tips to give but definitely need some!

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    1. Glad you can relate, sorry about the insomnia!

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  9. hahaha, crueeeelll cruel brain. :'(

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  10. I don't have insomnia in the traditional sense -- I fall asleep no problem. But I often wake up a couple of hours before I want to (like several nights this week).

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    1. That's rough too. Any time you want to be asleep and can't be is no fun!

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  11. I usually fall asleep pretty fast but I do struggle with I am hot, then I am cold, ok well just a little :)

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    1. Yeah that part is super annoying!

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  12. This is me to a T!
    I plan what I will do with my huge lottery winnings.
    Except I don't play the lottery, ever, thanks brain.

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    1. Oh, sorry it's the same for you! Haha--silly brain pretending to play the lottery!

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  13. Awesome! It sounds interesting. Actually, i always wait to read your article. And i must admit that your post is really attract mine. These photos look funny. ^^

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  14. LOL. So true !
    As soon as I cut out processed food, sugar and wheat (or at least cut back) I sleep like a baby !
    A light dinner usually helps too.

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    1. Healthy eating is definitely a big help, I agree. Thanks Karen!

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  15. Oh yes, I recognize these. For me it's always conversations where I could have said something better or an argument where if I would have done something or said something different, it would have gone a totally different way.
    The only way I can get to sleep during times like that is to distract my brain by thinking about 1) Sex or 2) that I'm Spider-Man swinging through New York. Something about that puts me right to sleep, and, weird part, I've never been to New York.

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    1. Yeah those alternate ending conversations are the worst. Thinking about sex helps you sleep?? Being Spider-Man helps you sleep??? I feel like those are things that would definitely not elicit sleep.

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  16. Oh, I totally relate to this too! Sometimes I get so figidity and all I can concentrate on is trying to stay still and not wake my husband up!

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    1. You're so much nicer than me! I can't stay still and I don't try to. I will also turn the tv back on if I think it will help!

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  17. I'm usually a good sleeper. But sometimes...

    I love your work as always. Thanks for making me smile. :-)

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    1. Thank you Debbie! So happy I made you smile!

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  18. THIS WAS SO FRIGGIN' FUNNY AND SOOOOOOOOOOO freaking TRUE!!! And I loved the picture of your feet hanging out of the SHEETS! THAT IS ME EVERY FRIGGIN' NIGHT!!! BAH HA HA HA HA! I am too hot and then too cold, so I HAVE TO hang a leg out of the sheets! BAHAHAHAHHA! Julie I friggin' love you! And your brain is on a kooky level much like mine! ;)

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    1. Why is it that it's always the leg that needs to stick out?? Such a pain in the butt! And thank you--kooky brains are the best brains, they always say :D

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