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I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been having trouble with insomnia since my twins were born. I actually wish I could say it was because they were waking me up at night but they’ve long since been sleeping through the night on a fairly regular basis. Then there’s me. I can’t fall or stay asleep and the sleep deprivation is definitely catching up to me.
I shared a few quick shuteye tips earlier but some of the main things I’ve been doing are:
- Unplugging a few hours before bed (I’ll admit I’m hit or miss on this one)
- Exercising earlier in the day
- Setting a firm bedtime
Sometimes I really think I just can’t fall asleep because I am so tired. I’m realizing just how much sleep I really need to catch up on so I have some plans to replenish my sleep reserves and start feeling human again.
Ways to Catch up on Sleep
Take a nap – I need to learn the art of napping. It’s hard when life never seems to slow down but with a bit of planning I could sneak in a nap at least a few times a week. My twins take a good 3 hour nap every day. I usually use that time to work but my guess is I’d get a lot more done if I was better rested.
Sleep in on the weekends – Our weekends are reserved for family activities and we usually stay pretty busy but our schedule on the weekends is flexible. I’ll admit I’m bad at sleeping in. I may have to plan ahead and sleep in a quieter bedroom (away from my twins) the night before but some extra sleep for me would do everyone in my family good.
Go to bed 15 minutes earlier – 15 minutes is not that much time but if you do it every night it will add up. That’s almost 2 extra hours of sleep every week and it’s an easy change to make.
Plan ahead – When I plan ahead life is less frantic. That leaves me more opportunities to take advantage of times when my twins take a nap or the kids go to bed a bit early and use that time to catch up on sleep. The ironic part is, being sleep deprived makes you less able to handle all those little things that come up so I need to work on really prioritizing my time and making sure that the things I choose to spend my time on are things that need to be done or help me feel more recharged.
Sometimes, even when we take every measure to get more sleep, we still need a little help. I haven’t gone this route yet but I’m glad to know there are effective treatment options available if I need them, including including SILENOR®, a prescription sleep aid that is used to treat people with insomnia who have trouble staying asleep (which is exactly what I struggle with). SILENOR® works with the wake-promoting mechanism of the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle, helping you stay asleep throughout the night and early morning and it can be used regularly without a risk of dependence.
If you have trouble sleeping through the night, you should have a conversation with your doctor about your routine, lifestyle and symptoms to determine the best option for you. To learn more about how to achieve a full, uninterrupted night’s sleep visit Wanttosleepmore.com.
SILENOR® ISI: SILENOR® is a prescription sleep medicine that is used to treat people with insomnia who have trouble staying asleep. Call your doctor if your insomnia worsens or is not better within 7 to 10 days. This may mean that there is another condition causing your sleep problem. Be sure that you are able to devote 7 to 8 hours to sleep before being active again. SILENOR® should be taken within 30 minutes of bedtime. Do not take with alcohol or with other medicines that can make you sleepy. If you are on a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) or have taken a MAOI within the past two weeks, you should not take SILENOR®. You should not take SILENOR®if you have an eye problem called narrow angle glaucoma that is not being treated, if you have severe urinary retention, or if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in SILENOR®. You should not drive or operate machinery at night after taking SILENOR®. Until you know how you will react to SILENOR®, you should be careful in performing such activities during the day following taking SILENOR®. Before you take SILENOR®, tell your doctor if you have a history of depression, mental illness or suicidal thoughts. You should call your doctor right away if after taking SILENOR® you walk, drive, eat or engage in other activities while asleep. Drowsiness is the most common adverse event observed in clinical trials. For more information, please see the complete Prescribing Information, including the Medication Guide, athttps://www.silenor.com/