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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Help! I Can't Turn Off my Mind!

My brain never relaxes, it is always racing.  I am always thinking DEEPLY about something, even if I have to make it up. Every night I lay my head on my pillow and my mind seems to say, "Let the wild rumpus begin!" Before I know it, my mind is off -running like a ticker tape spitting out all of the days events coupled with a whole lot of crap.  I start thinking about everthing from my son's sudden change of temperment at school (he has ADHD) to having an argument with my daughter's high school principal about bullying.  Did I mention my daughter is 3? 

All of this thinking has exhausted me.  Last week I stayed up until 3:00am stressing over a conflict I am having with a friend.  The wierd thing is, I am not sure she is aware we are having a conflict. Ok,  I do have a touch of OCD - or so I have been told, so sometimes thoughts just get stuck in my head. It actually takes me an hour to fall asleep for a nap. I know I have some company out there.  I can't be the only one!

Fellow bloggers, do you have any tricks of the mommy trade that help you wind down at night.  Let me know your thoughts.  Keep in mind, I am not a big drinker and I don't smoke pot. (Smile)

16 comments:

  1. I actually have no problem going to sleep....it is staying asleep! After just a couple of hours I start waking :( I'll be interested in seeing what others post.

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  2. Every since I was a little girl I have always taken a long time to fall asleep!

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  3. Let me know when you find the secret! Wonderful blog! Good luck!

    Julie
    www.sospouse.blogspot.com

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  4. OMG you sound exactly like me!! I CANNOT SLEEP for the life of me! The second my head hits the pillow it is racing, I now have to bring my lap top into bed and blog until I am super sleepy then fall asleep!
    Also my doctor prescribed me a sleeping pill, which I sometimes take half of, so it works to cute down a few of my worrying hours and I guess I do sleep better! haha
    Or the good old reading or watching tv to numb your mind before bed works wonders as well! Good Luck I know how bad it sucks!
    I love your blog and your posts!! Following from MBC!!
    http://mommygator22.blogspot.com/

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  5. Thanks Guys - See- I am not alone. And yes I occasionally do the TV even though I used to say - I would NEVER fall asleep to the TV. But really it does distract your mind. I know my post was tongue in cheek - but sleeping is super important. As is having a peaceful relaxed mind even if its just a few minutes a day!

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  6. We are going through the same things!

    Following from MBC
    http://reapingwhatisow.blogspot.com/

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  7. I am following from MBC. I have read all your posts just now. I want to thank you for such a candid blog. I hope you are working on a book because your voice as a writer is so strong. I laughed, teared up, and learned in my reading. You have a beautiful family and a valuable story to share! http://www.gumdropswap.blogspot.com

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  8. I always thought that EVERYone thought about life and things and plans and all before they went to sleep - and then I found out that most people just think about going to sleep. I don't know what to tell you, because I'm still that way; it takes me at least 1/2 hour to 45 minutes to just drift off - and I usually end up having weird, distorted dreams centered around whatever the heck it was I was thinking about right before I conked out!

    Thanks for the follow; I THOUGHT that I had already followed you back, but when I visited, I wasn't on your follow list!

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  9. Well jewelknits - we are in this thing together!!! If I find the secret - I will let you in on it.

    cj

    ps - thanks for following!!

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  10. My best advice for nighttime is to stay off the computer after 9 pm. I swear it directly affects my sleeping patterns. Also, whenever I have a glass of wine late, I sleep better. That's not something I can do everyday, but I do notice a difference. I'm following you from MBC. My blogs are http://trippingtuesdays.com and http://harleysninerides.blogspot.com

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    http://momstheglue.blogspot.com/2010/05/my-first-blog-award.html

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  12. I have the same problem. I even take Xanax at bedtime to relieve anxiety with little help. Sometimes I will count backwards from 100 actually visualizing the numbers. Other times I will make up detailed stories in my head involving travel and flair and distract myself enough to fall asleep. Good Luck!

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  13. I have a tough time falling asleep too - I keep a notebook by my bed and make lists - sometimes that helps get some of the "to do" stuff out - and then I read - helps to get someone else's images into my brain!

    parenting ad absurdum

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  14. Cj that was so hilarious! I loved this line: "I am always thinking DEEPLY about something, even if I have to make it up."

    Here's what I do: Imagine a circle in your head and imagine all your thoughts inside of it...then, remove each thought from the circle in your head one by one, and if one sneaks back, visually remove it again, keep going until the circle is empty and focus on keeping it empty. This will either bring you to a peaceful state - or you'll fall asleep wrangling those thoughts out of the circle!

    Swati

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  15. Swati - I think I will try that...tonight.

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