Hi blog friend, I need your help. I’m struggling with insomnia, and I want your advice on what to do about it. (I know, this isn’t about diet or vegetables, but let me tell you—getting enough sleep makes eating healthy about a hundred times easier.) I realized after reading Heather’s post on anxiety that I’m not the only one dealing with sleep issues—and that it’s better to reach out than pretend everything’s cool.
You see, I’ve got a new media project coming up (more on that soon) that I’m actually really excited about. However, I’m also dealing with general life anxiety—for whatever reason, it hit me a couple of weeks ago that I’m 35 and not exactly where I thought I’d be by now.
The result? Really lousy sleep.
Falling asleep takes awhile, but even worse is staying asleep—I just can’t seem to do it. Nearly every day I wake up between 3 – 4 am. I’m totally exhausted, but instead of rolling over and drifting back to la-la land, I start thinking about everything I have to do—all the loose ends still hanging out there—and suddenly I’m wide awake, adrenaline pumping.
The result, of course, is that when I need to get work done during the day, I’m wiped out! Which means I drink more coffee. Which means I don’t sleep as well. Which makes me even more wiped out.
Wash, rinse, repeat.
Of course, I’m not taking this lying down (I’m so punny!): I’m exercising more (doubled my walking to 4 miles a day) and trying not to eat late at night. That usually helps, but this time it doesn’t seem to be doing the trick.
Seeking your suggestions
In the midst of my despair, I had a comforting realization: I have you. My readers are a smart, accomplished group of women (and men) who have no doubt dealt with insomnia too. So I’m asking for any advice you can give:
- Do you get insomnia?
- What helps you fall asleep?
- What helps you stay asleep?
I’d love to learn habits that help you drift off, [plant-based] foods that makes you sleepy, or anything else that works for you. Hopefully your ideas will not only help me, but anyone else out there trying desperately to sleep.