Paleo Pick me up after a bad night of sleep?

by (1458) Updated July 06, 2012 at 3:45 AM Created May 10, 2012 at 9:33 PM

I do my best on most nights to get enough sleep, but there are times when things come up and you have a bad night sleep. I have the added problem of constant uncontrolable interruptions.

Normally I try to go to bed by 10 pm, then by 11 pm I am usually awaken by the dogs needing to go pee or be let out, or barking at something. Then again I am woken up by my 3 year old around 12 or 1 who had a nightmare. Then I am again woken up by my natural body clock around 2 for what ever reason. Then my husband wakes me up around 3 when he gets home from work. He unwinds in the living room and passes out then comes to bed around 4 or 5 and wakes me up again, then at 6 am my 1 year old is wide awake and needs to be changed and is ready for the day. So.. That's a good night sleep for me and I usually function ok throughout the day because I got 8 housed of interrupted sleep.

However on some occasions like last night I was not able to go to bed until 3am and was up at 6 with several interruptions. Needless to say I can not function today and I feel like I am hungover. Does anyone have any advice for these types of days to get me through it so I am able to get stuff done?

I don't drink coffee it really messes with my stomach, and I don't like the taste. I occasionally drink green tea, but am very sensitive to caffeine and don't want to be kept up late again.

Ps I can't take a nap either...too much going on.

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5323 · July 06, 2012 at 3:45 AM

Low lighting rule in the evening after 8, so you sleep properly, and so do the dogs, your husband and the kids. Bright light in the evening has a profound effect on sleep. Darker curtains/room migt keep your 1 year old asleep?

No tv/computer after a certain time for your kids?

Your husband working daytime hours would also help, if possible. If not he could always sleep in a seperate bedroom/bed as not to wake you.

Nip the dogs on the neck like a bite, so they dont bother you (natural dog bevahavior).

All just ideas, but seems the best approach would be to problem solve your and everyone elses sleep issues, however you do it.

4275 · May 11, 2012 at 12:43 AM

Sometimes I think your body is telling you you've got to take it easy and get some rest! I know you've got a lot going on - but maybe taking a day out and starting fresh tomorrow will be better than having an unproductive difficult day today? I think if you soldier on for too long eventually you get sick as your body forces you to rest...

594 · May 10, 2012 at 10:47 PM

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