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Jessica

Jessica is a mother of two two-year olds and realtor who struggles to stay asleep at night. She often wakes up in the middle of the night and has difficulty getting back to sleep.

Jessica

Successes and Setbacks

Progress.
During the past month, I’ve spent more time developing good sleep habits than ever before in my life. My greatest takeaway, so far, is that I really need to work on creating and maintaining good sleep habits. I spend a significant amount of time training my body at a gym, growing my business with a coach, growing my faith through church, improving my health with clean foods, etc. Why wouldn’t I spend time “training” my mind and body for better sleep? Dr. Dogrhamji calls good sleep habits “sleep hygiene.” I have most definitely been practicing good sleep hygiene. I’ve tried melatonin, hot tea, meditation, yoga, gelatin, deep breathing, essential oils and reading a boring book.

Of course, my greatest challenge is interrupted sleep. Falling asleep comes easily. Staying asleep doesn’t happen. Falling asleep after I wake up is almost impossible. But I truly believe that all of the sleep hygiene suggestions from the doctor have helped.

Setbacks.
My greatest struggle continues to be falling asleep after I wake up. Fortunately, when I wake up it typically isn’t until about 3:00 or 3:30 am. Previously I was waking up at midnight or 1:00 am most nights. It would sometimes take me two hours to fall back asleep. Thanks to my good sleep hygiene I’ve been able to sleep longer, usually until at least 3:00 am, before waking up. Unfortunately, when I wake up I still have a very difficult time falling back asleep. This is miserable because I typically get up between 5:00 and 5:30. If I wake up around 3:00 I’m often unable to fall back asleep before my alarm rings.

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