Damn hormones, they fuck up everything! Turns out that you’re probably not sleeping well right before and just at the beginning of your period because both your estrogen and progesterone levels are low during that time.
The National Sleep Foundation says that a little less than a third of women have sleep disturbances because of their menstrual cycle for various reasons — headaches, depression, cramps — but feeling sleepier is reported about a week before periods, when progesterone is high, which means that it’s probable that in addition to physical and emotional reasons for sleep loss, your hormones are affecting your sleep as well. Keep reading »
According to this piece in The Atlantic, these are the risks of getting insufficient sleep:
It makes you “dumber and less able to concentrate”
You’ll misremember things, have false memories, or not remember things at all
You’ll be more suggestible
You’ll be less able to remember motor sequences
Apparently it’s possible to trick yourself into believing you’re rested: If you tell yourself you feel rested and refreshed, you’ll suffer less from these consequences of sleep deprivation. Keep reading »
I have shared with you all lovelies before that I have PTSD and, because of it, suffer from pretty crushing anxiety sometimes. I’m pretty much on top of it during my waking hours, but lately (i.e. increasingly since May) that daytime anxiety just feels like it’s getting pushed to the nighttime.
Here are all the things I’ve tried to make myself sleep better: Keep reading »
Do weird things happen to you when you take NyQuil? Because they keep on happening to me and I am so over it. Last night, my boyfriend and I were watching the Ken Burns documentary on the Dust Bowl, helpfully titled “The Dust Bowl” (be glad you were not an Oklahoma farmer in the ’30s), when a cough crept up in my throat. Maybe it was sympathy coughing? There was a lot of coughing in the Dust Bowl documentary. I took some NyQuil to quell the cough, and like clockwork, woke up four hours later at 3 a.m., with wild, stressy, NyQuil-infused insomnia. Thoughts you have when you’re in your conscious, rational, waking life––stuff like “we are all going to die someday”––take on a distorted, desperate, urgent quality at night. We are all going to die someday and I will probably die tomorrow and oh my God who will water the plants?
And that’s just the tip of it. Here are some of the crazier thoughts I had last night, while on a Nyquil insomnia bender…
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Some nights the tossing and turning is inevitable — between deadlines, stress, and all the other crazy things you have going on, it’s always something. Obviously, you need a solution, because the under-eye bags are simply not cute or acceptable. Everyone knows that lavender is supposed to help induce zzz’s. But, besides filling my pillow with flowers, I need some alternative assistance.
According to the Telegraph, here are a few beauty-inducing solutions to those battle terrible insomnia moments. Keep reading »
I am an insomniac. And I don’t care how many times my shrink tells me to “try deep breathing” or “meditate before bedtime” or “stop drinking caffeine,” I’m still going to go for the Ambien on sleepless nights. Here’s one bedtime story she’s probably never heard: Pearly Dreams, the toothpaste that puts you to sleep. Keep reading »