Ear plugs & sleep mask

That sweet rest eludes me.  Relaxing teas, melatonin, amino acids, passion flower, valerian root.  They all work for a while, then they no longer work.  Or rather, the tea makes me get up in the middle of the night so I had to stop that one.  Defeated the purpose of helping me sleep.

Sleep is that nightly recharge for our bodies.  That rest we give ourselves to prepare us for the next day.  It’s essential for our physical and mental health to get good rest.  Many of us run ourselves into the ground which depletes our immune system and opens the door wide for infections, flu, and colds.  I know how important this is and I try to get as much sleep as I can.  Yet, something in my body is working against this need.

This is a problem I’ve had for as long as I can remember.  There were many nights when I was growing up and I was still awake when my mother came in to check on me.

“What are you still doing awake?” She’d ask.

“I can’t sleep.”

“You better get to sleep.”

Uhm.  Okay.

It’s not like I had the light on and I was reading or doing something.  I was just lying in bed, wide awake.  Unable to sleep.  And she wanted me to go to sleep.  If only it were that easy.

Once I was asleep, I could sleep through earthquakes (seriously), hotel phones, and fire alarms.  Even this is something that escapes me now that I’m a Mainlander again.  Ever since moving to Kentucky, little things will wake me up.  I think this is a safety thing.  I felt safe back home because I knew it.  I grew up in it.  Went back to it.  I’d walk alone at night feeling safe.  Not on the Mainland.

Anyway.  Our new place in Ohio has windows all over the apartment.  Our master bedroom faces Northeast.  So we get morning sun on that side.  It was a pain during the holidays when I’d work until 1 or 2am and then be up until at least 4am because I can never sleep once I get home from work when I do a closing shift.  I’m always up at least 2 more hours.

I had a sleep mask that I pulled out and started using.  That helped me sleep longer and not wake up because of the light in the room.  Although, after all these months, I still forget to slowly take it off.  Talk about blinded by the light.   AH!  Bright light!  Bright light!

Noises were still keeping me awake or waking me up.  I finally broke down and bought some ear plugs.  I don’t know why I never tried them before.  Best.  Invention.  Ever.  At least far as sleep aids.  They dial down the noise from Chaz’s night job as a lumberjack and keep me from hearing the ignoramus jerks honking their horns in the parking lot late at night (jackassery!).  They still doesn’t help me get to sleep, but I wake up less during the night and I can sleep longer in the morning on the days I can sleep in.

I don’t know that I’ll ever have good rest night after night.  Well, maybe if I’m not working.  I do seem to get better sleep when I’m unemployed.  I’m so used to this since I’ve lived with it for so long that it’s like a part of me.  Insomnia and sleep deprivation.  Yoga is at least helping me the mornings I work to feel more alert.

Those of you who have never met me in person, do not be offended if we do meet and I yawn a lot.  Nothing personal.  Just living in my sleep deprived world.



  1. Okay have you tried any homeopathic’s for sleep? Or go to a N.D. maybe. I don’t get much sleep, that is why I am up at 1am blogging. Just throwing these ideas out there to you. Hugs from one sleep deprived person to another. I can sleep, it’s just I have to stay up to watch my son sleep. Hugs

    • Lani & Sasha, I have tried pretty much everything but medication, which I am not willing to do. Right now, my integrative dr. (I had an N.D. in Louisville) is having me work on strengthening my core. She’s hoping that will help with the sleep.

  2. Block-out curtains (or is it black-out?) work really well for keeping a room dark. (Got them for my son at Country Curtains online.) I’m assuming you’ve tried taking magnesium, like in Natural Calm. Not being able to sleep is often related to a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is just one of the ingredients in my BoneGuard supplement I take and as soon as I take it at night, I’m ready to go to bed. I’ll ignore your yawning when we meet and just focus on your pretty smile (when you’re not yawning). 😉 Seriously, I hope you find the answer, Debi.


    • I have had black-out curtains and unfortunately when we moved and had to buy new ones, I didn’t buy the right kind because I was thinking of what went well with my decor and not really what blacked-out the light. They are lined, so they don’t let in as much light as the last set of curtains (that I made and had to use a separate black-out liner behind it). And yes, I’ve tried magnesium. I have a feeling once I get to the point where I don’t need to work and can have a regular sleep and waking schedule, I’ll get better sleep. 😀

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