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Julie has struggled with insomnia for over 20 years, and her lifestyle, working as a teacher and owner of a German pretzel bakery, has made it challenging for her to focus on sleep.


Outside Perspectives


So, I’ve interviewed my husband, Harry, and son, Joey (7), about my sleep problems :

Julie: Have you noticed any changes in my behaviors, since starting this journey?
Harry: Oh, for sure! Before you started this journey, it just didn’t seem like you cared much about whether or not you slept at all. You would just sort of stay up all night, power through all day and repeat until you collapsed. I think you’re much more aware of what you’re doing with yourself now. I see that you’re making some deliberate changes in your schedule. Shutting down your computer at night, not taking your phone to bed with you . . . well, sometimes. But even then, you’re more aware of what you’re doing, the implications of it and all. You know that it’s not good for your sleep, and it’s part of our daily interaction now.
Joey: You don’t seem as tired. You’re up and help read stories more often.
Julie: What else do you see me doing differently?
Joey: You try to stay up before dinner. You come to dinner. You’re here more.
Harry: Yeah, I feel less of a burden to do everything in the evening. You’re more able to function with us as a family. I think getting active in the afternoon can be helpful for keeping you up.
Julie: What about my attitude?
Harry: I see you as being more optimistic about sleep, in general. It’s something we can talk about and it’s a normal part of our daily conversations now. I hope it feels like your sleep is an important thing to this family.
Julie: Yes, it’s definitely validating to make my sleep and overall wellbeing a part of our conversation.
Harry: I want to see this continue to improve, too. I’m optimistic that this could really level out for you!
Joey: So does this mean you’re not going to be so tired, tired, tired?
Julie: I sure hope so!

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