Thursday, February 16, 2006

Paperwhites and Sleepless Nights


I'm posting mainly so you will know I haven't dropped off the face of the earth. I'm still here, and not doing much else but resting when I'm not at work . This has been difficult since I seem to be in a season of terrible insomnia. I am reluctant to turn to medication for aid in sleeping so I am looking for alternatives. Four hours a night is not cutting it. Has anyone discovered the best cure for insomnia yet?

The pretty photo of paperwhites is courtesy of Webshots, in case you need a little spring cheer. We have them in our yard, but they are just starting to come out and I haven't taken photos yet. There is always some kind of flower or other in bloom, which is one of the things I love about living in California.

I have not been back in the sewing room since Monday when I added more fused shapes to my garden quilt. Jen asked how big it is. Right now it is 20" x 30", so it's not huge. It could always "grow" into multiple panels, though. You never know. Either that or I'll get tired of it, and it will go into the closet with all the other unfinished projects.

8 comments:

Jane Ann said...

One word: benedryl. (You need your rest.)

mary m. said...

Hi Jen,

Usually long walks outside help me, but I don't know if you are up to that yet after your surgery. Have you tried chamomile tea? Or how about diaphramatic breathing? That works very well for me. Go to http://www.cchs.net/health/health-info/docs/2400/2409.asp?index=9445

Gerrie said...

I find a third of an ambien is just enough to get me to sleep, but not make me crash and walk in a stupor the next day.

Rian said...

Melatonin.

Terry said...

Melatonin works well for me. Benedryl works even better. I know you said alternatives to medication, but honestly I haven't found any and these two are pretty benign.

I hate, hate, hate insomnia and it can be really bad after surgery. Do what you need to to sleep.

Omega said...

Like you I am averse to taking chemicals if I can avoid them. Things that help me to sleep: chamomile tea, heated milk with honey or heated milk with real cocoa powder (sugar to taste)- not commercially sweetened chocolate drink - and listening to someone read a good story on tape or cd. Lots of fresh air is good too.

Valeri said...

Put a mixture of oil and lavender essential oil plus a few drops of rosemary essential oil into your palm and massage your feet. Really work it in to the ball of your foot and the arch. Then go to bed leaving the oil on your hands, by now it will be well rubbed in. You should sleep like a baby! Foot massage is very good for making you sleep well.

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