Ahhh elusive sleep. I have slept like crap the whole month of October, according to my Fitbit. And according to my body, which has apparently decided that 5 – 6 1/2 hours sleep a night is plenty. Sometimes I can’t go to sleep. Sometimes I wake up too early. Sometimes, like last night, I seem to be half-awake all night long.

Most of the time, I don’t worry too much about it. I can get up and take care of some work or write or have a cup of tea, stay up a couple of hours, sleep a couple more hours, and it’s all good. Or I just roll through the day as best I can. But it’s getting kind of old. In October, I get 7 hours twice and 8 hours once. Good grief, y’all, I don’t think ths is sustainable.

On a whim this week, I bought some kava kava. Tincture form, apparently I can put it under my tongue and go back to sleep at 3 a.m., according to many satisifed and well rested users. It’s being delivered sometime next week.

After I bought it, I saw that it can cause severe liver damage and might be addictive. Which sucks. And maybe I won’t use it. But damn, it would be nice to sleep a full 8 hours. Or more.


7 thoughts on “Sleep?

  1. So…I know this might sound crazy, but I started doing acupuncture recently. And while I wasn’t going specifically for sleep problems, my acupuncturist told me that often people who do acupuncture find that they sleep better to (I am being treated for grief, stress, and hormones). In September, I was averaging 4-5 hours of sleep per night according to my FitBit. In October, my average is about 7 hours! I have never slept so well in my life. Just a little food for thought 🙂

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  2. I’ve been in a similar sleeping/wakeful cycle for what seems years. I’m retired, so no hard demands on my time exacerbates the problem. Historians tell us that humans have long displayed this pattern , sleeping, being awake 2-3 hours, then going back for more sleep The second sleep interval was called “second sleep”. Remember that artificial light has altered our activity patterns for about 125 years.

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    • Yes, and often, I can roll with that too. But this month, there have been a bunch of times I can’t fall asleep and my schedule doesn’t always allow for much of a nap after I get up for a while and it’s just not working so well…
      If my mornings are free, I don’t mind that schedule either. 💜

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  3. Hi Olivia, it truly sucks and I can so relate. I have never really slept well and am no stranger to the middle of the night de-caf tea and going back to bed. It’s so disruptive to everything. In fact, I ‘m working from home doing shift work at the moment (no late or night shifts but a lot of weekends). Just had my mid week weekend meant to be working today, but I took the day because I’ve been sleeping so badly I just knew I needed it.


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    • It is disruptive! Sorry you’re going through it too. I think David’s right, and if our schedules would cooperate, it wouldn’t be that bad. Instead… we walk around all groggy. I’m glad you took some time to sleep!


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