Wednesday, May 30, 2012

What I've Learned Wednesday - Insomnia Activities

I've had such trouble falling asleep lately.  Like, to a ridiculous degree.  Last night, I was up until after 2:00 am.  And I have to be a mom by 7:30 am at the latest.

I might not survive this day.  If I don't, tell the world my story.

Since I've had trouble sleeping, I've found ways to quietly pass time in the wee small hours of the morning.  I present to you all the awesome things you can do instead of staring at your own eyelids.

1.  Take a good look at Craigslist.  Yes, there are some great finds on Craigslist... but have you looked at the 'Rants and Raves' section? Those people are insane and they make me feel better about myself.

2.  Write some snarky blog post that only your dedicated followers will read and not believe you've lost your mind.  FYI, loss of sleep can make you lose your mind.  I am there.

3.  Place candy on your husband's face.  M & M's work best... see how long you can balance them without waking him up.  This game causes giggling though, so be warned.

4.  In an effort to be productive, I decided to update the budget during those lonely night hours.  Our family is now budgeted through 2015.

5.  Go to and find any article, preferably a political one.  Skim the article briefly and then scroll to the comments at the bottom.  If those people are any indication of actual voters in this country, we're all in trouble.  Read it and suffer further insomnia due to fear.

6.  Infomercials.  I don't have the P90X system, but just watching the infomercial makes me feel like I've worked out.

7.  Think of all the things you'd like.  A milkshake.  A new living room set.  A three-year old that sleeps through the night.  Then think of all the things you wouldn't like.  A paper cut.  A cup full of sour milk.  A date with Charlie Sheen.  This exercise passes the time pretty well.  Poor Charlie Sheen.

8.   Three's Company.  If none of the previous activities have induced sleep, turn to Nick at Nite and let the hilarity wash over you.

Do any of you suffer from sleeplessness? I'm so tired I could fall asleep right here at my keyboard... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. :)

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  1. :) You're funny. Hope you get some rest!

  2. When I have problems falling asleep I take Melatonin. It is a natural remedy. It won't help you stay asleep, but it will help you fall asleep and it doesn't make you groggy or feel drugged. You could take this and be up in just a few hours with the babies and not feel any after affects. Just a suggestion. I have often suffered from insomnia before I learned about the Melatonin (you can get them at the Dollar General store or Walmart really inexpensively) I used to watch Jurassic Park every night to fall asleep. It has enough action to keep my mind from wondering to my own issues but it is just not interesting enough to keep me awake! LOL!

  3. I love infomercials!!!

    Question- Do you get extra points if you play the candy on husband game and his snoring DOESN'T knock the candy off?? :<}

    1. This is an excellent question. My husband (before he had surgery for a deviated septum) used to snore so loud it sounded like the garbage truck had come for the pickup... in the bedroom.

      I say we come up with our own game: the husband olympics. We think of awesome games we can do to our husband while he's sleeping. I may never sleep again.

  4. Your posts always make me laugh - "tell my story". hehehe I hate being unable to sleep. I tried taking melatonin, until I read that it might not be good for you. Now I just suffer when it happens. Do you go to bed earlier the next day after being up all night?

  5. Are you cheating on the Golden Girls with Three's Company? I too suffer from insomnia...thank goodness you have provided a useful list of things I can now do with my time. Must remember the m&m game.

  6. I have insomnia super bad and the melatonin works at 1 st but it is something we produce as infants so when you take it as an adult your body builds up an am unity so it just stops working STOPS no warning UGH!!! I did the craig list thing it was helpful when we were looking for our new outside dog all my dog searching came in the middle of the night, i tried to stay away from the TV as much as possible it is considered believe it or not (yes that was a Tv show) as a stimulate & will actually keep you from sleeping?!?! You do have a few items I have not thought of the candy on the husbands face is the best yet I have seen trying reading up on insomnia huh huh? NOPE! I make myself not look at the time no matter what do not watch the time cuz nothing worst then knowing how much sleep you have lost out on :{ Good luck dear friend I hope you do not have to drive in the morning*>*

  7. You make insomnia, sound like so much fun, and funny, for a night.
    I suffer from chronic fatigue, due to fibromyalgia. Usually, I have no problem going to sleep, staying asleep is my problem.

  8. Hi,
    I'm with Teddie - I can get to sleep just can't say asleep. When I first started with insomnia (way back when) I read up on what to do and what not to do. Funnily (word?) enough, M&Ms on husband's face was not one of the dos! Don't have a husband so not really important for me. Here's kind of a mixed list:
    - Do try to keep a regular schedule - up at the same time and to sleep at the same time.
    - Don't eat anything at least two hours prior to going to bed.
    - Don't drink anything with caffeine (tea, coffee, pop, etc.)(sp?)or too much sugar before going to bed.
    - Don't nap in bed. Nap on the couch, the floor, in the car, on the subway, on the streetcar but NOT in bed. Bed is supposedly for sleeping and s.e.x. Not that I know about the last one being single and all. Heh!
    - Don't read in bed.
    - Don't watch TV in bed.
    - Do get up if you haven't fallen to sleep within 20 minutes of going to bed.
    Can't remember the rest but something I do is long division in my head. It makes me concentrate on something other than trying to sleep. I'm of an age that we weren't allowed calculators in school. In fact, calculators were just starting to be popular. I know it's strange.
    In all seriousness (word?), don't let it go on for too long. It can be totally debilitating; being the Mom means that your family needs you to be at your best and you can't be at your best if you're not getting enough sleep.
    One last thing that I did learn is sleeping is a habit - a very quick habit. Meaning it only takes a night or two to start a new "habit" - in your case not being able to get to sleep. I went to a sleep clinic in Toronto and was told go get a prescription for two sleeping pills. Take them for two nights and usually by that time your body recognizes the new "habit" and will return to normal. I didn't do it - in those days I rarely if ever took medication for anything.
    Yeah, I know, I probably sound like your Mother but I do mean well.
    Take care of yourself,


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