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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

Tossing and Turning

jess_we2When I asked my husband to take this photo of us, he responded with raised eyebrows, wide eyes and a lowered voice that asked “Are you sure?”

This was the aftermath of a late night out with friends. Following our lively night I got a 1:30 a.m. wake up call in the form of a little boy crying for his mama. Lincoln, my two year old, had a 103-degree fever. We snuggled, took medicine, drank some water and went back to bed. Thirty minutes later he was up again. This time I put him in bed with my husband and me. This was about 2:15 a.m. I tried my best to relax, use my eye mask, do relaxation exercises, etc. At 3:15 a.m. I was still awake. At this point I actually considered getting up for the day.

When I spoke with Dr. Doghramji, the sleep specialist, he suggested that the cause of my sleep issues lies with the possibility that my days are busy and I have trouble shutting it all down at night. This is why I tend to be a “light” sleeper and have a difficult time falling asleep after I wake up in the middle of the night. His explanation made complete sense. I am a high energy person, and I’ve often felt that I don’t “settle down” easily. Dr. Doghramji also suggested that when my sleep is interrupted I should try reading a boring book. Well, it just so happened that I recently started reading a very boring book. So, at 3:15 a.m., when I was still tossing and turning, almost an hour after my son fell asleep, I began reading. Within 15 minutes, I couldn’t keep my eyes open. After reading, I did easily fall back to sleep, although I never really felt the deep sleep that I love. We were all awake at 6:30, exhausted, cranky, chugging coffee and extremely tired.

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