Let the Baby Cry It Out? Here's What Happens 15 Years Later...

Our firstborn could never fall asleep on his own as a baby.  We did not let him cry it out, although we tried...once.  We w...more

My 20-Year Battle With Insomnia: I’m Ready to Fight Back

I am a terrible sleeper. I haven't always had trouble sleeping, but I can trace my nearly 20 year battle with insomnia to my years in graduate school. My grad program was a very challenging one, and most of it took place in my second language. The reading eluded me, and I don't think there was a single day when I could say I felt caught up. Add to that the fact that most of my courses were on Monday and Tuesday, and it meant that Sundays were incredibly anxiety-provoking. ...more
Hi Lisa.  I know this is an old blog, but I just found it and thought I'd throw out another easy ...more

AIA (Ambien Induced Antics)

Apparently, I think I'm I.M. Pei or Frank Lloyd Wright in the Ambien world.While in college (several years ago), I had a severe case of insomnia.  I would go 3 or 4 days on only a couple of hours of sleep.  It wasn't working for me.  I thought I was going crazy, so the doctor introduced me to the sleep aid, Ambien.It worked.  It worked really well, except that I would do things at night that I was unsure of in the morning....more

Friday Wrap-Up

This week has been interesting and I'm glad that it's almost over.My insomnia came back to visit & I did not invite it in. I do not want to go through another long spell of sleeplessness. I don't have the time, energy or want of it. Too much stressing about jobs, money, etc. You know, life stuff. Time to bring what matters & my goals back into focus....more

How This Mom Got Off Sleeping Pills

It was so insidious.  I needed to get some precious rest when my babies were asleep at night, but my sleep pattern had gotten so disturbed during my seasons with newborns that I could no longer fall asleep on my own. So, how harmful is a little Tylenol PM, right?...more

How to Beat Insomnia Naturally

After the birth of my third child, I suffered from insomnia that lasted well beyond the newborn phase. For those of you who haven’t experienced insomnia it’s pretty awful. During that year (yes, 12 months) of sleepless nights there were times when I was able to fall right asleep, but would then wake up and stare at the ceiling for hours unable to fall back asleep. ...more
I too used to suffer from insomnia, could not fall asleep to save my life! I was taking Tylenol ...more

Could Have Been Worse

Lying in my Disney Deluxe Beach Resort digs (not much deluxe about the beds), I was plagued by the first day of feeling uncomfortable in a foreign environment. I slept two hours and woke cursing this not-so-magical mattress. Babyface and hubby were snoring in a symphony. My neck, back and hip felt punched by what I spent hours planning to avoid, a bad bed; so my insomnia decided to surface and say "hello" in my temporary spread. ...more

Slap Happy-Go-Lucky

People who can sleep anytime and anywhere need to stop bragging (my husband). Okay, maybe he’s not bragging as such, but when he snores, sometimes it sounds like “neener, neener.” It’s as if he’s taunting me because I’m awake at 5 am staring at the ceiling or watching Jane Seymour try to sell me Natural Advantage, while he’s sound asleep. ...more

The Cat Assumption

“Ev’rybody wants to be a cat!” – From the movie The Aristocats My heart is filled with so much anxiety lately. Last night I wasn’t able to sleep. There are so many things on my mind, so many things I have to do, so many things that are left undone. Whenever I would close my eyes to get to sleep, my mind would spin over everything again and again, and there I would be, wide awake…again.  It’s 4am, I have to get to sleep, I have to go to work in the morning....more
 @SunbonnetSmart.com Oh Robin, thanks so much! It's great seeing you here and your comment. I'm ...more