What Keeps You Awake at Night?

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Do you ever have a hard time getting a good night’s sleep? I do, like last night — I guess I stayed up too late or ate too late or … did something too late because I woke up after just a few hours of sleep and wasn’t able to doze off again.


The thing I can never figure out is why I sleep differently from night to night, even though I try to keep the same patterns before bed. What makes me able to sleep a full eight hours one night but then struggle to fall asleep at all the next?

One thing’s for sure — I know I’m not the only woman reading this blog who has trouble sleeping from time to time. At least 60 million Americans each year experience at least occasional sleep trubs. Beyond that, women are 1.4 times more likely to have problems sleeping than men are, yippee!

What keeps you awake at night?

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  1. Almira says:

    My mother always says that the best cure for a bad night’s sleep is a bad night’s sleep, under the theory that you’ll be so tired from not sleeping the night before that you’ll fall asleep much easier the next time. =3

    I had trouble sleeping the last couple days because I was starting a new job (my first office job!) and I was SOOOO worried!

    My boyfriend had trouble sleeping too. As soon as we got back we climbed into bed, BS’ed around on the Super Nintendo for a while, then passed out! Yikes!

    Almira´s last blog post..Coconut Oil

  2. Rosie says:

    Hi Karen!
    I wish I had trouble sleeping. Other than the twice a year occasions when sleep doesn’t come, I’m on the other end of the spectrum; I’m always sleepy! If I could trade some of my sleep for some of your waking hours, I totally would. Have you tried taking a warm bath in the middle of the night when you can’t sleep? Sometimes that helps me (not that I need to do so very often.) That, or try one of those relaxation cd’s with birds chirping and brooks babbling. Sometimes I listen to them when I’m stressed, and I generally end up asleep. :-/ Hope you have a great weekend!

  3. Erica says:

    Aww! At least it’s a Saturday though, you can try to be a bit lazy today. I usually cant sleep due to anxiety. I just sit in bed and think about anything and everything that is worrying me.

  4. Anna says:

    It’s finals week, and so of course I need my sleep more than ever! Unfortunately, when I’m stressed out I don’t sleep as well, so it’s a downward spiral. Oh well, when finals are over, I’ll probably treat myself to a shopping expedition to Sephora. It makes everything better. 🙂

  5. yadiq says:

    I totally suffer from sleep Problems usually due to anxiety or overthinking things my solution – I keep a small bottle if OTC sleep aids which I cut in half and I pop a half if I can’t stay asleep . I can’t afford not to sleep I am cranky by nature and juggle abt half a million things all in a ny minute sleep is essential for me ok hope things level out do a hard workout today that will wipe you out and rid you of anxieties you may not be aware of !!

  6. Amber says:

    I fall asleep well, but I tend to wake up numerous times as it gets closer to time to get up. I actually enjoy falling asleep again…my husband thinks I’m crazy because I feel cheated if I sleep all the way through the night!

  7. Shiny says:

    I sleep through the night usually, but dream like I’m on LSD… which means waking up feeling tired because of the cracked out things I’ve been doing all night.

  8. Mariah says:

    I know that for me, it’s always SUPER hard to get OUT of bed, and I feel sleepy and groggy for like 3 hours after getting up. But when it comes to going to bed ON TIME, I end up laying there forever. I can’t turn my brain on and off when I want to anymore.

    Mariah´s last blog post..Update time!

  9. Music_Is_Freedom says:

    I sleep okay when there’s a good chance to do so, but it’s not uncommon for me to stay awake because a song is stuck in my head, or because there’s something semi-interesting on late-night TV, or because I’m still on the computer.

  10. Allie says:

    it used to take me *forever* to fall asleep. everything from the day would replay in my head and usually my body is so achey because of my erratic schedule. so my cure for that is 1/2 a milligram of xanax with two tylenol pm’s. i sleep so well!

  11. Cathy says:

    I usually have a hard time falling asleep when I drink caffeine too late in the day. Or I go to bed too late and get anxious because I have to wake up really early.

    When you find that you have trouble going back to sleep, the best thing to do is get out of bed and engage in some light activity (e.g. reading a book). That helps keep your mind occupied in something that might tire you out without stimulating yourself to be too awake.

  12. Tania says:

    OMG that sucks! I’m usually a good sleeper but out of the blue I won’t be able to sleep. A few weeks ago I had a serious case of Insomnia due to the anti biotics I was taking for my ear infection. Even the Advil PM would only work so long. I used to have a problem with the anxiety but keeping a pad and pen next to the bed squashes that or call my mom or something. I hope that you get a good night’s sleep soon. The bear on your bed is cute!!

  13. I am a very very light sleeper and always have been. Everything wakes me up, my 3 cats jumping on and off the bed, my dog panting in my face because he wants out, then he barks to come in. My hubbie’s snoring, the list goes on and on. I usually take a Melatonin before bed and it definitely helps!

    Vampy Varnish´s last blog post..OPI France Fall/Winter 2008 – The Shimmers

  14. Ellery says:

    I can never sleep. I went to bed at 10 and it’s 12 right now, I woke up and can’t get back to sleep.

    I used to be a good sleeper. A few years ago I slept through half of my house being knocked down by a digger and lots of builders, my mom had to come through and wake me up because they were knocking down my wall next, lol!

    It doesn’t help that my cat likes to crawl around my head and sleep right beside my face either!

    Ellery´s last blog post..Choosing an Outfit

  15. Marisol says:

    I went to bed at midnightish and woke up at 3:30 and couldn’t go back to sleep. I ended up watching Love Actually and packing some light stuff. I didn’t want to make any noise for my neighbors. I ended up taking a nap from 9 to 1.

    Marisol´s last blog post..It’s 5am on Saturday morning and what do I do?

  16. Karen says:

    Hi Almira,

    When I start a new job I always have trubs sleeping.

    How is your new gig? Do you like it?

  17. Karen says:

    Hi Rosie,

    I would trade with you if I could! 🙂

    I’m going to make a playlist of sleepy music for my iPod and keep that by my bed when I have trubs falling asleep. 🙂

    Have a lovely evening!

  18. Karen says:

    Hi Erica,

    That’s part of the reason why I can’t sleep.

    What makes it worse is that then I stress about not being able to sleep!

  19. Karen says:

    Hi Anna,

    It sure does. 🙂 What are you thinking of treating yourself with?

  20. Karen says:

    Hi Yadiq,

    Good ideas! I missed working out today because I was too tired. Oh well, there’s always tomorrow.

    Hope you had a nice Saturday!

  21. Karen says:

    Hi Amber,

    I’m so jealous! I have trubs falling back asleep.

  22. Karen says:

    Hi Shiny,

    Yikes! I’ve noticed that when I have crazy dreams and nightmares I feel bad the next day, too.

  23. Karen says:

    Hi Mariah,

    You and me both, girlfriend. I feel like crap in the morning.

    I sorta miss the days when I was a kid and I was forced to go to bed at 9:00…

  24. Karen says:

    Hi Music_Is_Freedom,

    Yeah, I hear ya. I had to learn to cut myself off from the computer after a certain time. Otherwise I just stay up all night!

  25. Karen says:

    Hi Allie,

    Ahh, I’ll just have to vicariously sleep through you!

  26. Karen says:

    Hi Cathy,

    I do that sometimes… it’s harder for me to get out of bed when the weather is cold, though! 🙂

  27. Karen says:

    Hi Tania,

    Sometimes anxiety keeps me, up, too. I’ll have to try the notepad by the bed thing, too.

    LOL, that’s my stuffed bunny, Charmin (yes, like the toilet paper). 🙂

    Hope you had a fab Saturday!

  28. Karen says:

    Hi Vampy Varnish,

    I think I will try that. I’ve been taking Valerian and it’s hit or miss… plus, it’s way stinky!

  29. Karen says:

    Hi Ellery,

    Ha, Tabs does the same thing. He loves to crawl all over the bed at odd hours; sometimes he just plops himself on top of my legs or my chest and that wakes me up, too.

  30. Karen says:

    Hi Marisol,

    When I can’t sleep at night I often ended watching movies, too.

    Hope you had a nice Saturday!

  31. Briana says:

    I have a lot of trouble sleeping too. I have a hard time falling asleep, and then wake up several times throughout the night. I started taking melatonin yesterday, so we’ll see if that helps me out at all.

  32. Briana says:

    Also my pharmacist said to make sure I’m done with any energy things (caffeine, ginseng, energy drinks, etc) before 10 am.

  33. Almira says:

    So it’s not just me? Whew! It’s super unsettling. There’s a million things you don’t know yet–the boss, office politics, not to mention the actual JOB.

    I like it so far, but I’ve only been shadowing there for two days! Haha! Thanks for asking =3

    Almira´s last blog post..Coconut Oil

  34. Karen says:

    Hi Briana,

    Let me know if it works. I’m thinking about trying that, too.

    Have you heard of Valerian? I’ve been taking it but it seems to be hit or miss. UGH, and it’s really stinky!

    Oh, and good call on no caffeine after 10. I’m trying to cut down… it’s TOUGH!

  35. Karen says:

    Hi Almira,

    It seems like in my adult life starting a new job has always equals no sleep! I usually stay up and think about all of the stuff I still need to learn and the things I have to do.

    Sometimes I miss all of the low-key jobs I had in high school and college… back then I slept like a baby!

  36. Fie says:

    Well currently, what’s keeping me at night is my sickness. :/ I’ve been sick about a week now and I keep waking up in the middle of the night either coughing my heart out or I can’t breathe because of my blocked nose. Ugh it’s frustrating. 🙁

  37. Michele says:

    You can always drink warm milk. It works for some.
    Or, you can get a prescription from your doctor or PCP for Rozarem.
    Go to http://www.rozarem.com
    Remember the comercial with President Lincoln and the groundhog. It is just trying to tell you ” your dreams are missing you.” The medication is a non scheduled drug and non- habit forming.
    RN, MSN

  38. Lydia says:

    I worry to much about work!

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  39. shopgal says:

    I’ve had trouble sleeping for a while now…sosmetimes it’s because I worry so much; other times it’s because I OD’d that day on my Starbucks addiction. What usually works (and I know it’s a lil TMI) is if I rub one out before I go to sleep. Nothing like an orgasm to put my lights out. I don’t do it every night but if i have something important in the morning and need to be well-rested, it’s a super-fast fix.

    LMAO…That really was TMI. Can’t wait for the Monday Poll.

  40. Karen says:

    Hi Fie,

    You poor thing. I hope you feel better soon!

  41. Karen says:

    Hi Michele,

    Thanks for the suggestions! 🙂 I will try some warm milk tonight.

  42. Karen says:

    Hi Shopgal,

    LOL! Um… wow! That’s another one for the no-sleep files…

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