Friday, April 04, 2008

Blast You, O Wretched Insomnia!

Here I sit, typing away at 4:25 am. At this ungodly hour the computer becomes my best friend. It is the only time we are on such good terms. I can't sleep and the computer keeps me company. Many would say that this is counterproductive because the screen and all of its blinkity blink is stimulating my brain rather than trying to slow it back down.

To you, I say phooey.

I cannot even begin to express how bad I despise insomnia. Especially while nursing a baby. What usually happens is that I will be up anywhere from 1 - 2 1/2 hours. When the baby nurses every 3-4 hours, it becomes a no win situation. There is pretty much a 100% chance that I will be miserable the rest of the day. And that in turn will make everyone else miserable because I will be a grouch. I bet you all wish you lived with me, huh?

And that, my friends, is why I have such a sunny disposition about the whole rotten situation!

I hear the gentle breathing of all the children and I'm thoroughly jealous. And Monk? He's not even snoring. which is a major plus for all who enjoy a peaceful sleep.

And me?

Bright eyed and eating a cornbread muffin with an orange juice chaser, writing to you fine people. Where, O Where is the vodka when I need it? I am so kidding right now. I definitely prefer rum. Kidding again, people. Remember y'all, it's 4:30 am. Cut me some slack.

Anyway, before this post dies from acute randomness, I shall shut myself up. But before I do...

Anybody got any tips for insomnia? Oi.


mindi said...

I've had the same problem, and I started trying to read a book when I felt so wide awake and raring to go. My eyes drooped within minutes! Good luck, I hope you kick it soon!

Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

No good tips... but at least you're really funny at 4:30 in the morning!


natalie said...

My midwife recommended a Calcium Magnesium supplement during my pregnancy to help avoid those awful leg cramps (which I mostly did!) and to help me sleep. I would guess it would be safe for nursing, too, since it was during pregnancy. Our health food store had a flavored powdered supplement, I drank it like tea. The unflavored stuff was super gross, though.

Or you could try chamomile tea. :-)

Sharon H. in IL said...

Do leg stretches, like a ballerina, but sitting down. You want to gently pull and hold, in order to get your body to think it must rescue you from pain by producing endorphins.

Just a few minutes of gentle stretches, and you can drift off to dreamland in the arms of your body's naturally-produced morphine.