Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Unsleeping Beauty

Well people, it’s hump day…and let me tell you it sure feels like it.  I’m tired and borderline grumpy.  My sleep pattern is still effed up from my trip so it’s throwing my whole day out of whack.

Monday night I was awake until 4am!  I did get up on time yesterday because I had a chiro appointment so I thought I would be exhausted last night, but no luck.  I was awake until almost 3am…which led me to sleep in this morning…and now I feel blaaaahhh.

I skipped an evening work out last night because I know that can affect my sleep.  And didn’t have a refreshing shower before bed because oddly enough that also keeps me up sometimes.  I’ve even been sticking to my coffee restrictions…no more than 2 cups per day and none after 12 noon. 

It’s not working.  I’m thisclose to picking up some Gravol from the pharmacy to force myself asleep tonight.  The big problem with that is that the drowsy effect often wears off and I wake up in the middle of the night.  That’s actually worse than not being able to fall asleep at all.

So, dear readers… barring medication from your doctor… what do you do when sleeplessness strikes?

When I did drag my groggy self out of bed I definitely wanted coffee.  I had to squeak in my two cups before noon, but I pretty much made it…


Since it was actually past breakfast time I decided on a protein shake instead of a full meal.  I keep forgetting about my Vega samples so I actually laid them on the counter so I’ll use them this week.

I chose the Vanilla Chai Complete Whole Food Health Optimizer because  a) I know it’s tastes good  b) it’s only 100 cals  c) it contains 11 grams of protein  and d) it’s rich in all kinds of minerals, vitamins, Omega 3, and antioxidants. 

Health in a package really!


Blended up with 1/2 small banana, ice cubes and about 1 cup of UVAB


Fresh pineapple and blackberries on the side.


Lunch was enjoyed during my weekly conference call.  Hummus and veggie sammich on oatmeal molasses bread

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With a side of baby cucumbers


I never get sick of the tomato + hummus combo!

Not sure what to do about working out today.  I’m going to be working for a while yet to make up the time from this morning and complete a couple of important projects, but I really would love to get to a real yoga class tonight.  I could go wear myself out with some crazy cardio and heavy weights instead…but that wouldn’t happen until later and I’m worried it would keep me awake.

What’s a girl to do?  :(

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Natalie said...

Cures for sleeplessness? A good romp in the hay before bed? LOL... I don't have any ideas myself. Luckily I don't have that problem... yet. I hope I never do - frustrating!

Hope the sleep fairy sprinkles you with zzz's tonight.

Jaime said...

haha, that's just mean! Since I no longer have anyone to romp with!!!

Coffeeintherain said...

Haven't tried it, but I was recently reading in a fitness magazine that you should drink cherry juice before bed instead of warm milk. Something in the cherry is supposed to convince your brain to sleep and stay asleep. :)

Crystal said...

Go and pick up some Mellatonin pills. They're all natural and on the bottle it mentions that they help people with jetlag.

I was having trouble sleeping awhile back, took the Mellatonin and slept like a baby. They help you get into a normal sleep cycle!

Shrinking Jen said...

I'll be honest... when I'm desperate to get to sleep I have been known to take Gravol! Nothing else works for me when my sleep patterns are off. I blame it on years of working shift work.

Lady J said...

You can also try melatonin which is a natural chemical we all have in our brain (somewhere?) and you can buy that at your pharmacy now. It does work and it's not harmful or addicting.... you can buy it at a health food store as well. Just a thought!! xoxo

Ex Yo-Yo Dieter Debbie said...

Hi Jaime

Hope you are not still up reading this!

As you know, I have to deal with major jet lag fairly frequently, and it kicks my arse every time...

That being said, I would say avoid the chemicals as much as you may slow you down when you have to get up again.

They say the fastest way to get re0adjusted to your local time zone is to go outside for at least half an hour...the exposure to the natural daylight helps re-set your body clock. My guess would be exercise outside would be really good (but not within a couple of hours of going to bed). DON'T nap in the daytime, however much you want just prolongs the problem. Are there any bed-time cues you can do? Tea? A bath? No TV?

Here's a suggestion...find a really boring book to read...that knocks me out every time!

Hope this helped - I HATE jet-lag (and being tired makes me eat too much of the wrong stuff).

Nighty-night (I hope)!