Sleep Skills: Up All Night For No Good Reason

Look, everyone, now and then, has a hard time falling asleep. It’s the way life is. I know it’s aggravating. Consider the situation stoically: it’s your turn tonight.

There could be a lot of reasons you’re having trouble right now.

Did you drink too much coffee or have one of those energy drinks too close to bedtime?

You know that coffee popsicle has caffeine? Maybe next time pay attention to whether something has caffeine.

Stress! You can’t forget about stress (though you might wish you could!). Worrying isn’t going to fix your worries. Not a chance. DO something, don’t just think something.

Don’t know what to do? Well, I don’t either. Tomorrow we can find somebody who does.

One thing I do know is thinking about the same thing over and over again isn’t going to do anything.

Are you in pain? Did you throw out your back? Hurt your knees? Maybe take an anti-inflammatory like acetaminophen or ibuprofen. That can help. Even if it doesn’t take the pain away entirely maybe it will make it more bearable.

Is there some noise keeping you awake? Try some earplugs. I believe in keeping a pair of those on hand all of the time. They’re essential sleep tools. Having good sleep tools is a sleep skill.

If you don’t have earplugs, maybe you have earphones for your smartphone. Can you put on YouTube, Spotify or Pandora? Put on some relaxing music or maybe brainwave entrainment tracks.

They say divorced, widowed and separated people report this problem more than others. Did you know that? Funny thing is that married people who fight a lot also would have trouble sleeping. Maybe they’re on their way to getting a divorce? The survey doesn’t say. Either way, there’s a positive byproduct of a sweet, beautiful relationship — sleep!

Tomorrow, try being nicer to others or something. That’s not the problem? Well, stay away from jerks then!

I knew another woman who went to a doctor once because she was having trouble getting to sleep at night. The doctor recommended regular exercise, a consistent sleep schedule, and a relaxing routine before bed. He said to try that first before you resort to any kind of chemical.

You can also try 25-50 mg of diphenhydramine and/ or some melatonin. Both of those are available in many different stores.

Keeping a dream journal can help.

Yes, a dream journal. It’s not just for teenage girls. Actually, the Dream Recovery System is a method of dream journaling for people who want to be creative professionally, though a teenage girl could use it too. Having a hobby like that makes one interested in sleeping, adds a little anticipation. You start thinking, I wonder what I’m going to dream tonight. It also makes someone aware of what it takes for them to have a good night’s sleep.

These are some general ideas, bud. It could be something else too. A doctor would check you for a variety of conditions. Be sure to tell him or her what you’ve already tried. Otherwise, the doctor will tell you to try these things again. If you’ve made an honest effort to try these things, that’s probably not going to be too useful!

If this goes on too long, you might want to get up and do some boring chore: fold laundry; clean out your refrigerator; wash dishes; sweep. You get the gist. Do something like that.

Good luck getting some sleep, friend. Work on your sleep skills. It’ll make your life better.

Don’t mind me. I’m going to turn in. There’s nothing cool about staying up all night on a night like tonight, a few days from New Year’s Eve. I’ve gotta save my energy for then. I’ll take a quick nap on the afternoon of December 31. I’ll be ready to go. It’s a sleep skill.

Peace.