I need some help with this and I need it NOW!

SleepFINALI realize the importance of this. I realize it affects your health. Your weight. Your mental awareness. All of the above. I am SO over it being a problem I cannot even tell you. Years ago, I tried a prescription medicine for it but I don’t like taking medicine so I stopped. I tried over the counter stuff but again, I don’t like taking medicine so I stopped. I even recently tried my essential oils and that was totally helping but now it is not. It is sleep. I NEED TO SLEEP!!!

It has been happening for three weeks now. Not every night but a good half of the week at least. Sometimes I go right to sleep and then wake up in the middle of the night and when I do, I can’t go back to sleep. For HOURRRRS! Sometimes I can’t go to sleep at all and then when I finally do, I only get about four hours. One night last week, I didn’t sleep AT ALL. Like not even a wink. And that was the night before I had to get up very early to speak at a Breast Cancer Survivor breakfast. It makes me nuts too. I am dragging the next day but I don’t do caffeine so yahhhh…theree is that! I can’t focus. I am 100% positive this is why I forgot to take my youngest to Ballet one day and then one day I went to carpool to pick up my oldest and had forgotten she was getting picked up by someone else. Seriously.

Ok, so here’s where you come in. I need help! I am open to any suggestions you may have for not only how to get to sleep but staying asleep!

XO Surviving Mommy


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  • Colette says:

    If someone has spoken to you about AdvoCare, you can try Sleepeorks for some sleep. You don’t wake up groggy in the morning. In the morning, you can start off your day with Spark to clear the cobwebs out of your head and focus. Hope you get some much needed sleep soon.

  • Wendy says:

    I use classical music. Jim brickman piano most of the time.

    When my ex boyfriend who was 6’2″ , 250 told me about it, I laughed. It works tho. Try it

    If not, they always recommend warm milk???

  • Deanne says:

    My cousin was taking AdvilPM every single night until she began using essential oils. The lavender oil on the bottom of your feet and big toe has worked wonders. No more AdvilPM and she sleeps so much better. Even uses it for her daughter to help her sleep better.

  • Jana says:

    I used to have the same problem but then I saw Dr. Scott Leibowitz at laureate medical sandy springs about two years ago. We adjusted my sleep and wake patterns with regular sleep/wake times and using a “blue light” to help me wake up. I highly recommend him. He was such a huge help.

  • Marie says:

    I have similar issues as well! There are some nights that my mind will not SHUT UP! I will say that our new bed (Casper) which is super firm has helped me stay asleep more but I still have those crazy nights. If anyone gives you advice that works please share it.

  • Megan Hoffman says:

    I have been having this as well from time to time.monads of friends around our age i know have as well and have told me its all hormonal. I just have to give in to it, go back to bed when i get tired and find some space to nap the next day. If it means my kids watch a movie…so be it!

  • Valerie says:

    Hey Cindy, so here’s my estimation of the ‘sleepless in slumbertown’. Have you had your hormone levels checked out lately? Specifically estrogen? Premenopausal women can have significant mood changes, loss of sleep, hot flashes etc. I have been going through this for awhile now and when my levels are where they should be, I’m gravy. Ask your gynecologist to do a simple blood test and see what questions come from that. Good luck!!!

  • Alicia says:

    Cindy, quite a few years back I found myself having similar troubles with the sleep thing … nothing seemed to help. I tried eating early and not having anything to drink (water, tea, etc) within 2 hours of bed like you would a child, tried exercising, not exercising, reading, not reading, listening to music, hot bath, and on and on. What I found was that my mind was always racing about everything going on in my life – my marriage, my kids, my parents and in-laws, my extended family, my friends, one of my kids school project, the bills, the job (or not having a job out of the house), my husband’s job, etc. and I thought I was going to go nuts! Guess I haven’t yet (not that I don’t sometimes act it), but the best solution I found to help consistently is this: Give it all to God. Nothing more, nothing less. Cleanse your mind every night just as you begin your daily routine with a morning prayer. Once you can achieve truly “letting go” and let God handle it, you will be able to clear your thoughts and sleep peacefully. It may take some time to learn what technique works best for you, but I do hope this helps in some small way.

  • Lynn says:

    I use doterra oil to help. Vetivier serenity and balance. I also take valarin root in the vitamin section of Walgreen. It smells terrible but is to help you stay asleep.

  • Debra says:

    I go through this myself. I think it’s part of aging and hormone changes. What has helped me is yoga. It really helps quiet the mind and give you inner peace. I am not an avid yogie. Always wanted to try it and now I can’t imagine my stress level without it. My instructor recommends “legs up the wall pose”. Google it. Try it. She says do this before bedtime. I’ve never done this though when wide awake at 3am but worth a try! I hope you can kick this.

  • Eliza says:

    We need to re-work your essential oil regimen…sometimes you have to switch them up or re-apply them when you wake. Because they are not like standard sleep aids (ambien, lunesta, benadryl) it takes more frequent re-application of essential oils. Frankincense is wonderfully sedating. Lavendar and vetiver are great but there are others out there that can help. I am SO sorry you are struggling with this…I understand sleep deprivation can drive you bonkers!!! I am here to help in any way…let’s catch up this week!! 💜

    • Thank you soooooo much Eliza! Yes, let’s please catch up this week and get me changed up and or on something new!

    • Karyn Lisk says:

      I love cedarwood and rutavala roll on. I sleep like a baby!!! I also use pro plus, but it has hormones in it! I also love to add peace and calming behind the ears cause I LOVE the smell and it’s on my fingers as I curl my hands by my head!

  • Stacy Moldovan says:

    Have you thought about doing a personal bible study before bed? That way your focus, trust and faith is on God! Most start their day with this, but maybe it could help soothe your mind before sleep!

  • Jill Mosley says:

    Magnesium. I take it at night and it relaxes me. I sleep MUCH better and longer if I take it.

  • Ken says:

    Maybe this will help you get some good sleep. Couldn’t hurt! http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/natasha-turner-nd/sleeping-naked_b_3381630.html

  • Randy says:

    It might be that your too stressed. That will cause you to not sleep at night. You might think your fine, but in reality it’s stress and axinety. I would seek a good Christian Counselor. You mind is probably always running and you can’t turn it off. One thing that helped me was turn off all technology, bible study at night and learn scripture. When I wake up I’ll lay in bed saying my verse and then I fall asleep.

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