Late Night Ramblings

By: Roshanda Pratt

11 thoughts on “Late Night Ramblings

  1. Ah, to sleep, perchance to dream! I can relate to a degree but my problem is, I absolutely have to have sleep. If I go too many nights with little sleep, I inevitably get sick. I am not one of those that can function on 3 to 5 hrs of sleep unfortunately. I really wish I was tho!
    What has always helped me with sleeping better is exercise. I’m sure you’ve heard that one before, but it really does help allow your body to sleep better. Good cardio workin’ exercise.
    My other problem is that I typically, EVERY night, have crazy dreams! And they always leave me feeling un-rested. So, my other trick is to take an ibuprofen PM, not always a great thing to do I know, but sometimes I just have to get some real rest! I recently tried out an all natural sleep aid called Alteril. It does help me rest better and does not make me feel so heavy and drag in the mornings like the other PM meds. I know there are several night time teas you could try too – if you’re a tea drinker.

    Best of luck to you Ro on your mission to achieving more sleep! 🙂

  2. Oh Shannon, how much do I love thee, let me count the ways! These are good suggestions. Trust me you do not want to be where I am right now. lol. I will look for that natural sleep aid. I also am a tea drinker, so spill it(no pun intended) on the teas I could try!

  3. I am someone who requires 8 hours of sleep a night. In fact, I’m concerned for when I have babies and I can’t get 8 uninterrupted hours. But I usually have the luxury of not waking up until 8am, so going to bed at midnight works for me.

    But…I have to flip my schedule to fill in a lot right now. Here’s what I’ve found that has worked…limit your caffeine. In fact, if you can cut out caffeinated drinks — do. I’ve switched from coffee to decaf green tea. I don’t eat anything within 3 hours of going to sleep. And if I find myself having to switch shifts, i take a hot shower about 30 minutes before I lie down so I can relax.

    I find sleep masks distracting. Didn’t work when I worked nights. Don’t work now.

    The other thing I do is keep my bedroom really cold. (My husband hates it.) But seriously, we have the upstairs A/C set at 68 degrees. Before we had the separate A/Cs, I kept a fan blowing on my face. It was relaxing and kept me cool.

    Here’s to hoping you can reset your clock and get a few extra hours. Even if you don’t get the full 8 hours, 6 is pretty good. You’ll find you have more energy, can pay attention better, and if you’re trying to lose weight (who of us isn’t?!), your body will cooperate better.

  4. Yes!!! We all need naps! At my old job, I didn’t need my boss to declare naptime. I simply locked my office door and crawled under my desk. Good time!!

  5. Breaking News!!! I slept more than 8 hours! Yippee! We had a busy weekend and I put myself straight to bed, no last minute “ANYTHING” to do list, I just made sleeping a part of my “one more thing to get done before I go to bed list.” My mind feels less cluttered but my body aches. I think its “growing pains.” Lol. How are you sleeping?

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