How Do You Sleep At Night?

Three cute babies sleeping on grass.

I’m not lucky enough to sleep like this.


Some people need more of it, some need less.

I need a lot of sleep, more than the average person. A good solid eight hours is just what I need to function, but I’ll take nine or ten if I can get it.

In reality, though, I get way less sleep than that, because I have insomnia.

I know I should sleep, but I lie awake with thoughts whirring around in my head. I often can’t get to sleep until the other side of midnight.

Sleep aids leave me groggy and unfocused the next day, so those aren’t much help.

I took BuzzFeed’s Morning Person Challenge, which had practical advice like:

  • Exercise during the day to wear you out;
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol within a few hours of bedtime;
  • Set a sleep alarm;
  • Have a calming routine to set you up for a good night’s sleep.

I tried. I really did.

When my sleep alarm rang by 8:00 pm, I’d get dinner, take a hot shower, make a cup of redbush (non-caffeinated) tea, and retire to bed with a good book.

Sleep still wasn’t so quick to come- I ended up finishing a huge tome in three nights of bedtime reading. I was consoled by the idea that I was forming a routine, which would take time, and I would be better for it.
Fast forward to the weekend when I consumed a few glasses of wine at a celebration, watched TV until midnight, and then lay in bed, staring at the ceiling at 12:30 am.

What even is this life.

My struggle with insomnia is made worse by reading interviews of famous entrepreneurs, who all wake up before dawn to commune with nature, exercise and eat a protein-rich breakfast before heading out to disrupt markets and take over companies, and it’s like, Are you kidding me with this s*#@.

I really can’t win.

Do you struggle with insomnia? How have you tried to set up a regular sleep schedule? Let’s discuss in the comments.

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