I have been having this ongoing sleep issue for ages where I wake up at 3am and then I am stuck awake for hours. Eventually I go back to sleep just in time to wake up and get ready for work.
In the spring I decided that maybe I was overheating, so I got rid of my duvet and got a lighter quilt. That seemed to help – for awhile.
Next I tried melatonin strips which are supposedly “all-natural” and melt under your tongue. I know some people who swear they help them sleep, but they didn’t make any difference for me.
Maybe I am the victim of some consistent 3am noise in the hallway or maybe at the gas station my apartment overlooks, but if so there isn’t much that can be done about that, and I’ve already addressed all the other environmental factors I can think of.
A lot of people have suggested taking a Gravol, but I think of my poor liver, already saddled with processing my thyroid medication and I can’t bear to make it process a Gravol every single day. Besides, I need it to process all the Advil I overmedicate myself with. I thought I was just going to have to live with being kind of tired all the time.
But then, the poor Egyptian had a pleasurable Saturday night a few weeks ago wherein I woke him multiple times to ask, “Are you okay???” He thought I was awake the entire night keeping some kind of creepy vigil over him. I have no recollection of any of this because I did it all in my SLEEP.
Who knows, maybe this is what’s been going on the entire time. I was a sleepwalker when I was a child (my parents installed a lock on the door up where I couldn’t reach it to prevent me from sleepwalking outside). At any rate, that was IT. I decided to do two things:
1. After lunch, caffeine is banned.
2. Drink hot milk before bed.* Like a toddler.
This hasn’t been going on too long, only eight days but I have already seen a noticeable improvement in my sleep. A few days in I realized I had not controlled this experiment very well – how was I supposed to know if it was the addition of the milk or the reduction of the caffeine that was really making the difference? My hypothesis is that the two factors are working together – however! – on two nights I forgot to drink the milk … and I woke up at 3am.
So, score milk! Interesting: Apparently there isn’t really any science to suggest hot milk does anything to promote sleep. I like science, but I think I am going to have to go with the old wives on this one.
* Which was a painful decision because I hate milk. (Even though I apparently LOOK like I love it.) The Egyptian suggested putting honey in it, and doesn’t make me gag that way.