Sunday, February 5, 2012

yet another struggle: sleeplessness

My diet is darned near perfect, as far as I can tell. I do not claim that it is perfect, but it's close.

I completed my first Whole30 in early November. Since then, I've eaten foods containing sugar on a total of three occasions, each was a special occasion, and each time I had a couple of bites. I have a couple of cups of black coffee early in the morning. The ratios of my foods aren't perfect. Sometimes I eat more protein or fat than I'd like, simply because it's easy. Fresh vegetables are part of every day but not always in the abundance I'd prefer. I've had a little potato with a meal a couple of times in three months. Still, primarily, I eat high quality meats, fish, poultry and eggs, fresh organic vegetables, a bit of organically grown fruit, and healthy fats.

My one more pronounced deviation from healthful consumption is wine, not tons and tons, just some wine.

Exercise is another story, and I'm working on that one. Well, I'm seriously thinking about it at this point. I'm also using the bar that GK installed for me for pull-ups. My pull-ups are pitiful, but I'm finally off the floor at least.

I'll do another Whole30 soon and see if I can banish the wine thing, though it's the ritual, not the alcohol that I find appealing. I've got to find some good replacements. We tried tea, but most hurt my stomach. (Interesting that wine doesn't.)

Still, I don't drink so much that it worries me. I know it adds nothing to my health, that's about it. My real concern these days, and for a long time now, is that I don't sleep. I certainly don't sleep enough.

We are notorious at our house for going to bed early and getting up early. Four or five AM is not unusual, but it's getting worse. Some nights I'm in bed before seven and wide awake by nine or even earlier. On a good night I may get four to five hours of sleep, though never in succession. I am sometimes awake, looking at the clock every 20 minutes throughout the night. Seriously. I read continually about the need for sleep, plenty of sleep. I just don't know how people do it. I would love to. On those nights when I get five hours, I celebrate. Those are the good nights. On the rare occasion when three of those hours are joined, I am ecstatic. I cannot even imagine nine hours, and I know I need that.

This is a less-than-veiled call for help. What's your trick for sleeping? Any special preparation?


  1. So great to find your blog! Greetings from Toronto Canada :)
    I don't know if it'll help you but other than excersise and eating well, I also added taking magnesium before bed. It helps me sleep like a baby.
    Good luck!

  2. Thanks, and I will definitely give the magnesium a shot---tonight. Glad to have you with us.

  3. I have the same issue. Sometimes I am lucky to get 4 hours of sleep and not neccessarily in a whole chunk. I lay awake trying to go to sleep more hours than I actually sleep.

    1. I wanted to try the magnesium suggestion and found I didn't have magnesium except in a Nature's Sunshine combo with calcium, vit, D, and a few other safe-sounding ingredients. I took 2 an hour before bed and actually slept last night. I'm doing it again tonight!

    2. It really does work! I am thankful someone suggested it to me, so I am happy to pass it along. I take 500mg every night. Glad it helped! :)

    3. I woke up a few times but went right back to sleep. It was great. I also ordered some magnesium today. We are both going to make it a habit at our house. Thanks again.


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