Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Mother's little helpers

ABC News had a story on how moms are too freaked out these days to sleep without a pill.

How to make the mortgage, will the kids have a better life than the parents, why aren’t the schools teaching them anything…you can get in a hamster wheel of thoughts at night.

Especially in this disgusting economic calamity or whatever it is.

A 2007 study by the National Sleep Foundation found that three in 10 women use some sleep aid a few nights a week. This is twice as common as men doing it.

I sometimes take a melatonin. But others are taking the Big Boys—Ambien, Lunesta, Klonopin.

One woman said she was “always plugged in”—could not turn it off. She wakes in the middle of the night—and it’s all over for that night.

Some things to try instead of meds…If necessary learn to leave dishes in the sink and just go to bed.

Give yourself a half hour to unwind.

An hour before bed, make a to-do list for the next day. Then you won’t do that in your head in bed.

Put away the devices.

Get out of bed if you can’t sleep.

Even warm milk is worth a try.

I listen to my audiobooks…on an MP4 player—only the screen is lit. Turning on lights reboots you. Not good.

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