Cindy Cindy


Cindy is a grandmother, choir director and elementary school principal who has lived with insomnia for most of her adult life. She struggles to fit in sleep with her hectic schedule.


I Need a Retreat


For the past week, I’ve been planning a staff retreat in the Redwoods, and was thrilled when it had finally arrived. I was looking forward to being around nature, and listening to the river. I thought it might even help my sleep!

Before settling in, I invited one of my choir groups over for dinner (they live in the area), but the entire time all I could think about was how the late meal could affect my sleep. I know Dr. Dautovich mentioned to simply eat something light, but I’ve had this habit for so long that it’s difficult to break.

Otherwise, the retreat was incredibly relaxing. I could have stayed another night, but decided to leave early to make sure I had enough time to travel to my parent event the next morning.  When I got home, I went directly to my room, put my things away and went to bed.


Times like these can be frustrating. I want to be focused on my friends and family when I have time with them. I want to enjoy getaways, like this retreat, when I can, but sometimes it feels like everything I do after 2:00 p.m. revolves around my sleep.

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