Sleepless woman lying in bed looking at the hours pass by

Insomnia sucks. If you suffer from insomnia or have ever suffered from no sleep you can relate. As long as I remember I’ve had issues sleeping. I either cannot fall asleep or I’ll crash from exhaustion and then awake multiple times throughout the night and struggle to stay asleep. Sometimes this is from anxiety and the daunting to-do list that seems to taunt me at two in the morning and won’t leave me alone.  I’m a light sleeper which doesn’t help either.

When my husband snores, I awake and then I’m annoyed and keep asking him to turn-over on his side and this happens over –and-over until I want to punch him in the face. Of course I don’t but you know the feeling, right?

When my daughter wakes me to climb into bed with me (yes, she is six and this is annoying) or because she wants water, hears a sound or whatever her other multiple excuses are. I awake and struggle to go back to sleep and then I go back to sleep and she awakes me again. It’s a fun pattern!

And the dog, yes when the dog decides to stand up in her crate, turn in a circle and the loudly plop down making a crashing sound like the house has been bombed – that sound wakes me at all hours of the night.

Luckily I’m not alone because according to the Sleep Foundation this “inability to fall asleep or stay asleep” is actually pretty common.

According to the National Center for Sleep Disorders Research at the National Institutes of Health, about 30-40 percent of adults say they have some symptoms of insomnia within a given year, and about 10-15 percent of adults say they have chronic insomnia.

I happen to fall into the 10-15 percent category of have chronic insomnia, which sucks. You might wonder

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if I’ve tried teas, aromatherapy, over the counter remedies and natural supplements to help with this annoying condition leaving me completely fatigued. The answer would be a very loud yes! I’ve tried just about everything and for a few days it might work and then I’m right back to square one. Sometime’s I’m lucky and it will work for longer but nothing seems to stick.

Frustrating to say the least because I’ve gone to the sleep center for studies, I’ve prescribed medicine that knocks me out cold and
leaves my mouth tasting like I’ve sucked on nickels all day. This week I tried a new one to help me with the anxiety and sleeping in an effort to improve my slumber and actually get rest. It worked for one day and then the second night the dose sent me to the emergency room in the morning because I was hypersensitive to the medicine. Scary stuff to be vomiting, have a delayed reaction time, feel as though my head was blown up with helium and I couldn’t walk very well – my sister said I was even slurring my words!

Sigh. It is all very disappointing because I like to sleep. I like to feel rested and have energy. Now I’m attempting acupuncture and of course regular exercise to help with them chronic insomnia. Do you suffer from insomnia and if so what tips do you have?

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Hello, I’m Sommer and this has been my blogging home since 2007. I’m a juggler of life, a protective mama bear and I enjoy travel, wine, sunshine and good books. I hope that through this site you’ll be able find something that inspires you to live a little greener, healthier and happier. Even if it's just a yummy recipe or a personal story of mine.