Sleepless in Seattle

Okay, I’m not really in Seattle, but I figured it’s in the Pacific Northwest so close enough.

So I have a problem.  I can’t sleep.  I don’t know why.  I feel tired, I go to bed at my normal time, but then I can’t fall asleep.  For like HOURS, I can’t sleep. I just toss and turn.  And then when I do finally fall asleep, it’s a very restless sleep with me constantly waking up.


I have only gotten maybe 5 hours of sleep both of the past two nights.  I am so exhausted right now.  I haven’t been sleeping in.  I only have one cup of coffee in the morning.  No caffeine the rest of the day.  I’m not sure what my problem is or how to fix it.  Something has to change!


My plan tonight is to turn off all electronics an hour before I want to be asleep.  And during that last hour, I will read in bed.  I am also going to drink a couple of cups of Sweet Dreams herbal tea this evening.

Any suggestions/ideas/tips for me to get some sleep?


6 thoughts on “Sleepless in Seattle

  1. mygoalcalledlife

    Hey there – great blog! Thanks for visiting mine 🙂 Have you ever tried melatonin? I take a supplement called Midnite, and it’s seriously the best. (They sell it at Target or other drugstores) Hope your sleep gets better!!

    1. Whine Less Post author

      Thank you!
      I tried Melatonin last year. It makes me feel… weird. I still wake up several times during the night and feel pretty groggy in the morning. I also tried ONE Tylenol PM before and it knocked me out immediately. But I also was out cold for 12 hours! Not something I want to repeat.

      1. mygoalcalledlife

        I’ve had the same experience with melatonin when the mg was too high – that midnite stuff is only 1.5mg whereas most melatonin supplements are 5 or 10mg…that might be why you had that experience! SAME for me with Tylenol PM – I would sleep through an earthquake with that stuff 🙂

  2. justbeginfromhere

    Oh I feel for you. HARD. My husband is a chronic insomniac and has been since I’ve known him (over 20 years). I have no idea how he lives his life on 5 or less hours a night. Sometimes only 3. He is not interested in medication – doctors have recommended both anti-depressents (in addition to being for depression, they are sometimes used as a sleep aid which I was not aware of) and ambien, but he doesn’t want to depend on something as a crutch. He sort of has a “window” of opportunity to go to sleep or else he is done for. Have you tried experimenting with when you go to bed? Also, exercise of course, but I know you are fit and already do that. When I have struggled with sleep (fortunately not often) I feel like sometimes the anxiety/worry of NOT sleeping can be enough to keep me from falling asleep! I feel awful for you – please keep us posted!

    1. Whine Less Post author

      Your poor hubby! I can’t imagine going through this for years. I would be a mess!
      I haven’t tried watching what time I go to bed. I should pay attention to that. Thank you!


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