I think everyone has had the experience of waking up a few hours to early, only to be unable to fall back asleep. These days, anytime I have to get up for anything, I wake up all night long. It’s pretty ironic, because it is the days where I have to get up for something that I need to get all the hours of sleep I can the most! No one really has a good day without enough sleep. For me, anything less than 9 hours of sleep turns into a disastrous day with fevers, body aches, swollen glands … all that fun stuff.
I went to bed at 11 last night because I was expecting an important phone call this morning. I woke up at 12 and removed the corner of the book from my eye. I woke up at 2:30, glanced over at Jake’s side of the bed, and he wasn’t there. I momentarily freaked out because I was sure he had been kidnapped by murderers… then realized he was just still playing his video game. Back to sleep I went. I woke up at 4 and said “NOT YET!! SLEEP!!” Then, I woke up at 6. I said “NOT YET!! SLEEP!!” and my body was like “Nope, I’ve had enough of that. I don’t care that you want to do anything other than lay in bed the rest of the day.” I resigned eventually, and got up, but I had a trick up my sleeve. On to the couch I went, with my favorite fleece blanket, heating pad, and the furnace gently humming. Perfect circumstances to drift back off… Nope. Not having it. At this point, I was feeling like this:
So, I decided I had no choice but to get up for awhile and try again later. However, this wasn’t over. I WOULD go back to sleep. I didn’t take any meds because once I do that, going back to sleep isn’t an option until nighttime. I tried all my favorite relaxing pick me ups. I read, I watched Good Morning America for a bit, I ate some raspberries, I took a warm bath, I listened to music, I texted with a friend… It turned out I didn’t need to take that phone call. Although in a better mood after all of this, I still couldn’t sleep. So, I have given up! I will spend my day lying flat and just using all my low-energy pick me ups I have to make the day pass bearably.
Sick or not, what’s your favorite trick to get back to sleep and/or pick me up on a rough day?