21 December 2009

Sleep, Or the Lack Thereof

I'm exhausted, yawning and cold and yet I do not want to go to bed. This happens all the time. Why? Any ideas/similar experiences? It would be a great boon to figure this out.


  1. Ha! I'm the last person to offer advice here so sorry, I can only extend my sympathies. I was very spoilt last week by 6 nights of mostly uninterupted, normal sleep but alas, the last 3 night have been back to what you describe above (then going to bed horribly late and being awake again and restless at 5 or 6). I'm back to the doctor again today to up my dose of lamictal. I'm hoping that the increase will allow me another week of drowsyness before I adjust again. I have an entire week with my family to cope with shortly and sleep would be an immense blessing in that context.
    I would suggest a long hot bath (if you have such)and a dash of lavendar oil. It might not fully resolve the sleep issue but you will be warmer and possibly more relaxed.

  2. Is your mind racing? Are you afraid of letting go and surrendering to sleep?

  3. Kate - I hope the drowsiness returns! Fortunately or unfortunately, I can always sleep once I've fallen asleep and it's really hard to rouse me if I haven't had at least six hours. Without an alarm or a very loud unexpected noise from the street, I won't wake up before eight hours. It's good to be able to sleep but it's hard when it's 4am and I haven't been able to fall asleep and I need to get up at 7! I usually end up just staying up when that happens because it's highly unlikely that my alarm will wake me.

    Lucy - The mind racing does happen sometimes but thankfully is not what's happening now.

    Right now, I'll be tired and sleepy but I still just don't want to go to bed. It makes no sense to me. I'm not even working on anything, usually. I'm tempted to say that this is because I know that I don't have to get up at six right now but this happens during term time as well. Maybe it is to do with fear, but of what?