Shit that Happens in the Middle of the Night

I've been having insomnia again. Last night as I was up creeping through the house in the dark of night I realized just exactly how weird it is to be up when no one else is. Mostly because it's pitch black in here. I feel like if I turn a light on I'm giving in to being awake for hours....more

initiated insomnia

I am refusing to go to sleep due to an over abundance of energy and pure excitment for creativity.Thus begins the creativity...right here. And... ready, go.Unfortunately I've got nothing.I feel threatened by the other bloggers out there and my fears of incompatance and not being good enough are beginning to seep in to the circle of thoughts that continuosly cycle between my ears.Until I remember that most of my inspiration comes from other people, situations, things, objects, relationships, love, hate, all that wonderful stuff that happens in every day life....more

Just Keep Moving

That’s more or less how I cope with everything.  Grief?  Move my feet, occupy my hands, dig down in the dirt so new life can grow.  Fatigue?  Make an epic to-do list and plow through it.  Insane momentous goal?  Break it down into manageable pieces, and conquer them one at a time.  Insomnia?Evidently, moving is not the solution....more
I know, right? Two nights of zero sleep and I was messed right up! @neekswritemore

A Beloved Pet Lost & Found: Whew!

I don’t sleep well.This has been true for a long time. Part of it is a pattern from nights interupted by the waking up with babies and small children over the past 25 years of raising my large family of 8 kids. Even though the youngest is now 6 years old, several of the kids are chronically ill, and one is dying. This means also lots of medical bills.Reasons to lose sleep, as you can imagine....more

How To Treat Insomnia Naturally

We’ve all been there. You go to bed right on time, knowing the alarm will jar you awake 8 hours later. You’ve got a big presentation in the morning. Or your grad school interview is the next day. Or you just know the baby will be waking you soon. So it’s critical that you fall asleep - now....more

Nocturnal TV Viewing

The worse thing about insomnia is that you can’t sleep.  And when you can’t sleep and everyone else in the house can, you have few options.  Clunk around and annoy them into joining your insomniac activities or doing something sedentary.  Groggy, frustrated over not sleeping sedentary wins over clunking. As husband cannot sleep with my reading light on, but can sleep if I have the TV on, TV wins.  It must have been about 3:00 am.  I am not exactly entranced by balding men, weight loss or get rich quick schemes, I don't want to buy jewelry so I am left w...more

My first nightmare...

It shouldn't be surprising to most that I haven't been sleeping well since this high FSH drama first started on February 18. I suffer from insomnia off and on, but this round has been worse than usual. Usually I struggle with falling asleep but am fine once I finally conk out. Now I have both - problems falling asleep and problems waking up during the night. A lot. I have spent so many night tossing and turning, trying to medicate or meditate myself to sleep. Trying to still my racing mind and slow my pounding heartbeat....more

The Duel Between Sleep and the Creative Flow

It’s futile. The Gushing Creative Flow always wins.Why is it that I’m practically falling asleep at my desk during the day, hit ‘create new blog post’ and stare blankly at the screen, or pull out a new art canvas and draw a blank, but at 4am I wake up with all kinds of creative thoughts that I just can’t turn off?I’m like an innocent bystander while I witness the dual between sleep, begging for mercy, and Creation, begging for her outlet.Sleep says, ...more

Homeschool Rookie: If I screamed would anyone listen?

My best friend bought me a luxurious eye pillow.  I mean it was a gift in season.  I'm 32wks pregnant and everyone knows that at 32wks pregnancy=insomnia.  Not only am I pregnant, I'm pregnant with twins.  I must stress this so that you can understand why my eye pillow is so precious.  It is filled with leaves of lavender which emit a calming scent while its satiny exterior provides comfort and coolness to the eye area.  There are extra satin folds which cusion the eyes while the mask is worn....and let's not forget the comfy band that holds it securely in plac...more