Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Wow! I woke up this morning way before the birds (4AM!), and clicked on my trusty computer...and read this: "Coroner rules Jackson’s death a homicide..." All I can say is, "WHAT?" After reading through the article, it appears that meds used to help MJ with his insomnia are what contributed to his death. That is sad, just sad. This is definitely one case that I will be following, because I want to see if his doctor is really held accountable for this, or if it'll just eventually be ruled accidental. Just another strange twist in the strange life of Michael....

It got me thinking about insomnia, though, and how sleeping, (or the lack of), really affects our total overall health. For those who do not have this problem, sleeping through the night is no big deal, but for those who are affected by this, getting 7-8 hours of non-stop sleep is like winning the lottery....no words can describe the glorious feeling!!

So, now I am curious.....do any of you suffer from insomnia, and, if so, what are your tried-and-true remedies to rectify the situation?? My tips are:

  • Definitely don't drink caffeine after 1:00 p.m. Trust me on this one; I found out the HARD WAY that Dr. Pepper at suppertime is NOT a good idea!

  • Go to bed at the same time every night, if possible.

  • Make sure the bedroom is not too hot....I know, it is summertime, and if you are like me, you are trying not to run the A/C. I have a fan by my bed, and the gentle breeze (and the hum of the fan) really helps to relax me.

  • Finally, don't exercise too strenuously before bedtime. If I am feeling overwhelmed or stressed out (which happens often with teens! LOL), I just take a 10-15 minute stroll around the neighborhood or through the cemetery across the road, and when I come back inside, I am very relaxed. The fresh air really helps me sleep better.
Today, the kids get out of school an hour earlier, instead of two hours earlier yesterday. This will give me a little more time to get to my local grocery store and take advantage of their Tombstone pizza deal: They are on sale 4/$10, and you get a register coupon that prints for $3.00 off on your next purchase. So, that means the pizzas are really 4/$7. When my hubby came back from the store on Saturday, and showed me this, I was ALL KINDS OF EXCITED! He started laughing and said that the cashier at the store, who knows me and how I LOVE to coupon, told him that I would be happy! And, happy I am! :)

Have a Terrific Tuesday everyone!



  1. I have insomnia and I am terrible about keeping a regular bedtime. Insomnia with a side of severe back pain, which if I am not dead tired will cause me to flip like a fish out of water all night until I reach that dead tired stage. It drives my partner up the wall. I have prescriptions I can take, but I am always leery of sleeping through the time I need to get up to make sure my daughter is up and doesn't miss the bus.

  2. Boy, I totally understand....there was a period of time when my insomnia was terrible! UGH!

    Thankfully, I didn't have to take too much medicine.

  3. Insomnia aka Motherhood :-)Sleeping with one ear open :-)

    Seriously it has gotten worse as I near 50. Turning off the light BEFORE I fall asleep helps. Laying off the chocolate hours before bedtime helps. Pretty much the only thing that works is waiting out the 4 days or so until complete exhaustion hits then enjoying the 7 hours I do get. Ugh.

  4. I have trouble winding down at night, for sure. It is worse when I have coke with dinner. Now I take Melatonin before bedtime and it works like a charm.

    Unfortunately, my husband's snoring still lingers on. I don't think there's a drug on the market strong enough to block that out!

  5. I don't sleep well at all. I usually have to take sleeping pills. Not good for you but no sleep is worse.
    And that is funny that they know you at the grocery store.

  6. I am very luck I sleep pretty good! My sister on the other hand is not so lucky and only gets about 4 to 5 hours a night. She listens to guided imagery CD's she love's them and says they really work. "Journey into deep Relaxation By:Doreen Blumenfeld" is one of the CD's she listens to.

    Thank for all the great tips on your blog.