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Insomnia friends; bye bye 2010 the year of bad sleep, hello 2011 the year of good sleep!

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BeckyBendyLegs Thu 30-Dec-10 10:41:48

How about this then everyone?

madmouse Thu 30-Dec-10 10:46:41

Yey - PST smile

orangeflutie Thu 30-Dec-10 11:13:17

Yes! love the title

I slept a little too well last night (not complaining) but struggled to get up this morning. It was only 8 o'clock but we have friends coming over this morning. Don't know quite how I'm going to get back into getting up early again next week

BeckyBendyLegs Thu 30-Dec-10 11:18:22

Feelingold I hope you find us here. Welcome to our thread. Lack of sleep is so hard to deal with and I feel for you. We've all suffered on and off triggered by various things in our lives. Have you tried Paul McKenna's I Can Make You Sleep? GetDown and I both have had a lot of success thanks to him! I've found his CD on my ipod really helpful. If I ever meet that man I'd give him a big hug!

Orangeflutie so funny I had the exact problem today - we all woke up at 8.15am. And I put on facebook about worrying about getting up next week. BTW are you on facebook? GetDown, Madmouse, Arcadia and I are all there if you feel like being FB friends too let us know

GetDownYouWillFall Thu 30-Dec-10 11:43:34

Yay for the new thread!! Welcome to FeelingOld. So sorry to hear what you've been through, I can't imagine how hard that must have been. No wonder your sleep has been distrupted.

Please keep posting, we've together come up with lots of tips and strategies for dealing with insomnia. And it's true that when you share it with someone it seems to help.

orangeflutie Thu 30-Dec-10 17:05:00

Becky That is strange. Yes I am on FB but not sure how I contact you.

madmouse Thu 30-Dec-10 17:11:43

orangeflutie have pm-ed you with my real name so you have a way in on fb

FeelingOld Thu 30-Dec-10 22:18:20

Hi everyone, thanks for the welcome messages.

I have had a bad cough and cold last 3 days and for 2 nights got about 1 hours sleep but luckily last night managed to get about 4 hours so have functioned much more normally today thank goodness.

And no I havent tried paul mckenna although recently I did buy a cd of his for losing weight but havent tried it yet, didnt realise he had one for helping you to sleep too.

BeckyBendyLegs Fri 31-Dec-10 09:26:19

Oooh Orangeflutie you found me

How is everyone today? I slept ok even though I was worried I wouldn't and would end up being tired on New Year's Eve. But in a bad mood today as house is a tip, DH just expects the tidy fairy to do it all, and DSs are moaning today! So just the usual domestic stuff.

GetDownYouWillFall Fri 31-Dec-10 09:29:37

Ah becky my house is a tip too, and have hardly even seen DH for the past 3 days as he's been doing silly hours at work sad Wednesday he left at 6:30am. Last night he didn't get home till 10:30pm, and I was just going to bed so didn't really talk.

Had a terrible night myself. Just slept really lightly, like I was still conscious somehow? Then DD came into our room just before 6 and shouted and screamed, and I had such a jolt, my heart was pounding! It was really hard to get back to sleep.

Supposed to be going to friend's tonight for NYE but don't know how I will manage to stay up till midnight...

ArcTheHeraldAdia Fri 31-Dec-10 09:35:47

Hi everyone and sorry i've not been around much!
Welcome to FeelingOld, sounds really tough and it's amazing that you are managing on so little sleep! Has it been like that for the whole three years since your husband left, or is it on and off? I have a cold too at the moment with a maddening tickle in my throat which makes it really hard to get off to sleep.
Sorry about your DS madmouse but glad to hear he is making so much progress. it's true that it is draining though - all the worry and being up in the nights. You can keep going while it is happening because you have to but it catches up with you later.

I have had a lovely Christmas, DD was just such a delight. It was such a contrast to last year where I felt probably the lowest that I ever had in my life (DD was one month old then). I was convinced that I wouldn't survive and DD would have to be looked after by someone else sad. But this year whatever problems I have I am just so glad to be me again, and to feel normal albeit with normal worries and problems.

Main problem at the moment is work - have decided I want (need!) to leave my job but need to try and find another first but know it may be hard to find something part time. Other problem is DP who has been grumpy for months (keeps getting ill) and we're not really getting on at the moment but am just hoping once he starts feeling better we will again.

DD in nursery today and me and DP off for lunch and cinema in town.

My sleep was great over christmas. Not so great the last couple of nights. Might try Paul McKenna on my i-pod again.

Hope everyone is OK. I do read the thread but don't always get round to posting!

BeckyBendyLegs Fri 31-Dec-10 11:09:29

I might have to get a bit soppy now... but I would say that 2010 has been the hardest year of my life so far and I wouldn't have got through it without you guys on this sleep thread. Like you, Arcadia, I have not the best memories of last Christmas. It was pretty awful. A year ago next week, when I went to the GP in desparation, was the worst week of my life. In a way I can't wait to get January over with as January last year was just horrible. But hey ho. We must look to the future. Look onwards and upwards, not backwards. Keep calm, carry on. All those usual things. Arcadia just think how far you've come since then, and me. Yeah!

I'm in a really bad mood this morning and I need to snap out of it. My stepmother has just email a photo of my real paternal grandmother to me and it's really affected me. I'd never seen a photo of her before. I don't even know her name or anything about her. All I know is that she died when my dad was a little boy (he was then brought up by aunties and his dad remarried). She looks just like me and it has made me feel really emotional!

orangeflutie Fri 31-Dec-10 12:08:05

Hi everyone

Lovely to find you on FB

I took a while to get off to sleep last night. I don't think I was looking forward to today and the lead up to January 7th which is a particularly bad day for me. I also feel quite freaked out by the fact Eastenders is doing a cot death storyline and the name of the baby that dies is also James I know it's only TV drama but the timing of it couldn't be worse for me.

Becky sorry you're having a bad morning. When you find out things about your family it can be a bit of a shock. However as you say you've come a long way since last year.

I really hope 2011 is a good year for us all x

madmouse Fri 31-Dec-10 12:09:47

Becky that is really emotional so allow yorself to feel it x

BeckyBendyLegs Fri 31-Dec-10 12:41:43

Madmouse I've just seen your other thread. I'm so sorry you are going through a tough time. It is all very understandable - your DS was in hospital. It's no wonder it has knocked you. Are you doing anything for New Year or just having a quiet time?

Orangeflutie that's very hard for you. I haven't seen Eastenders since the big Christmas episode. I can't even imagine how hard it must be for you

I feel a bit better tempered now. I've cleaned the house - always a good tonic!

FeelingOld Fri 31-Dec-10 17:47:14

ArcTheHeraldAdia - yes my sleep pattern has been like this constantly since my ex left. I go through phases, will sleep 4-5 hours everynight for a few weeks then suddenly I have a week or so of only getting 1-2 hours and I find that very hard as I also work fulltime.
My problem is not being able to get to sleep, once I get off I dont usually wake up. So I go to bed about 12 then am tossing and turning til 2 or 3 am (or til 5 or 6am when I am having a bad time) then I have to be up 6.30-7am depending on my work schedule.

kizzie Fri 31-Dec-10 19:25:57

Just to say Happy New Year ladies.

Its been a bit of a year hasnt it hmm smile ... but heres to a lovely lovely 2010 xxx

kizzie Fri 31-Dec-10 20:01:57

or 2011 even blush [grin}

snowmash Fri 31-Dec-10 20:19:15

Just wanted to say here's to a better year for everyone.

madmouse Fri 31-Dec-10 23:40:42

Anyone still awake? Happy New Year or should we say sleepy New Year xx

BeckyBendyLegs Sat 01-Jan-11 08:45:41

Happy New Year sleepy friends Let's hope this thread's title lives up to it's name.

Hope you slept well. I did from 1.30am-7am when I got a text from Orange which woke me up!!! Mr Toes woke up shortly afterwards so it wasn't a big deal.

orangeflutie Sat 01-Jan-11 14:53:47

Happy New Year everyone

Well I did go to bed about ten last night as I had to go to work at eight this morning. However was just drifting off and then was woken up by some very loud fireworks. Oh well it was New Year. Just found it quite difficult to get out of bed for seven.

Got back from work before lunch though and we've just been out for a nice pub lunch so I now feel pleasantly full

Going to sit on sofa I think for as long as possible and then a play on the Wii with the DDs.

GetDownYouWillFall Sat 01-Jan-11 18:32:42

Well I made it till midnight last night, we went to some friends' house - there were 6 adults and 4 children. The kids were crazily excited and didn't go to sleep till 9pm.

We all had a lovely time. I had to drive back because DH had a few drinks (I am currently in the 2WW so driving was a good excuse not to drink!!) It was along quite a major road which normally I am terrified of but thankfully because there were so few cars about it was ok.

Didn't actually get to bed till gone 1am, then despite being shattered, couldn't sleep. Must have slept eventually and then DD came into our room at 6:20 shock Arrrgh! Waaaay too early! Why do they do that even if they've had a late night?? Had a little bit more sleep.

Tired today but not too bad.

Sorry this is such a difficult time of year for you orangeflutie and that Eastenders story line is such bad timing, and with the name as well sad Just don't watch it and avoid EE for a while maybe. Hope you are ok.

Happy New Year to everyone smile

BeckyBendyLegs Sat 01-Jan-11 18:37:34

I hope everyone is ok. Our friends have gone home now back to sunny Exmouth and we've had a lovely time with them. DH is tired today though because he didn't go to bed until 2.45am! DS3 woke up at 7am. I've had a nap this afternoon, which was lovely. A year ago that would not have been possible because I would have panicked if I hadn't fallen asleep so I just didn't even try. I can now nap again, which is fantastic.

orangeflutie Sat 01-Jan-11 19:13:42

GetDown Thank you I'm ok atm. I didn't watch EE last night and won't be watching it for some considerable time as I think the new storyline goes on for a while.

Glad you had a nice NYE. I got through it and today has been good. It's funny I wasn't looking forward to working this morning but strangely getting up earlier seems to have made me feel happier.confused

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