I’ve been having trouble sleeping lately and I’m not quite sure why. These past weeks, on the days I go to the school to observe my dissertation participants, I get up at 6 am and sometimes I wake up before the alarm goes off, just because I’m afraid I will sleep in. I’m good that way, I can program myself the night before to get up a little before the actual time I need to be awake. Unfortunately, that also means I do not rest during the night, thinking about and anticipating the early rise. This, as you would suspect, makes me be tired and sleepy all day. You would think that I would be taking advantage of the days I don’t need to get up so early and sleep in, right? Um, not so much.
What’s been happening is that I’ve been having upsetting dreams, some even in the nightmare category and I wake up very early, sometimes in the middle of the night and usually I don’t go back to sleep. You see, I’m night person. I can’t go to bed before midnight, no matter how tired I am. Which also means I’m not a morning person, getting up early and ceasing the day is not my thing, but lately it has been for some odd reason (and don’t tell me I’m getting old, I don’t want to hear it).
I’ve been trying different things. I pray before I go to sleep, I meditate, I ask my guardian angel to look after me and provide with positive images for my dreams, but somehow I’m not getting through. My subconscious seems to have a lot to say and I’m hearing it, loud and clear. The dreams are about fights, misunderstandings, people angry at me, and even some deaths. Nothing you want to spend your resting time on. So I get up. Who wants to spend time on dreams like these when you could be going through your to-do list?
I’ve been very productive yes, and I’m getting a lot of things done. But I wake up stressed, tired, my neck hurts, my upper back is so stiff I can’t even do my binds in yoga anymore, and last week when I went to the chiropractor he put me on the electrical table because that was the only thing which might help. I’m telling you, it’s not good.
Last night a classmate recommended melatonin to help me sleep. She says it works wonders for her. Also, she uses aromatherapy scents on her pillow and there seems to be one called sleep. I wonder if they have one called good dreams? I’ll give it a try, who knows it might just help. I really need to sleep soundly and restfully. This past week the only night I slept like a baby and past 9 am was Saturday night, and that was because I went out and had a strong drink, which I hadn’t had in a while, but as you would imagine I’m not about to take up vodka to be able to sleep.
Do you have any recommendations? How do you sleep soundly?