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.


Life with Insomnia


On an average day, by 3:00p.m., I start to think about heading home from work as soon as possible to avoid traffic, and finish everything I need to before it’s time for bed. Today is no different. Should I exercise? Should I eat something before my workout, or not at all? When should I have dinner? I have discovered that I have more trouble sleeping after a late meal, so I generally try to avoid it, which has made dinner out with family and/or friends non-existent.

I broke my own promise to stay away from the computer after 8:00 p.m., as I had an evening conference call for one of my jobs. I felt very alert after that, so I decided to have a small snack – a tiny ¼ cup of granola and milk.

I’ve also discovered that I need to be in bed at just the right time to have a chance at falling asleep. If I’m in bed too early, I tend to stay up. For instance, I turned the temperature up to 70 degrees tonight because I was cold. Lights were out at 11:30 p.m., but my eyes were wide open. I tried saying the word “peace” and concentrate on my breathing, as though I was in a deep meditation, but it didn’t help. 1:00 a.m. passed, 3:00 a.m. passed, and I was still awake. I know I should have got up out of bed, but I’ve tried that before, and it hasn’t really helped. Eventually, it was 5:00 a.m., so I got up, took a bath and started my morning routine before work.

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