No Sleep ‘Til… Ever.


As you may have noticed (how could you not?), I whine a lot about my trouble sleeping. Since I don’t have kids or legitimate serious problems to keep me awake at night, there’s really no reason why I should only be sleeping for less than four hours each night. Last summer I noticed the sleepiness I felt during the day seemed more significant and in the fall I started waking up with headaches. No better way to start the day than with a pounding headache!

I blame all of this on turning 30. The other sucky part was that migraines went from being something that happened once every few months to an almost weekly occurrence (I realize that a lot of people have it way worse, but migraines are crap regardless).  I also felt too tired to exercise most days, so I just ate more crap and was even more tired. Not good.

When I had sleeping problems in Corpus, I went to see a doctor and he thought it was due to stress about work and just a general unhappiness with life. I was supposed to go to a sleep clinic there, but then I moved and never scheduled one in Austin. I also tried Ambien at several points in time, but that never worked out well.

After I moved, I kept waiting for it to get better since I have a less stressful job that I really enjoy and I live in a city I love where I am quite happy. I also thought maybe I was just tired because of the fatigue related to arthritis, but I couldn’t understand why I would be so much more exhausted when I wasn’t having any arthritis-related pain or swelling. So, in January I finally got fed up with it and went to a doctor. After some tests, he sent me on to the allergist because Austin is allergy hell. Stupid grass and flowers and trees and nature. UGH.

In February, I met with the allergist and after some testing he discovered I have allergies that can be easily fixed with some nasal spray and daily Allegra (yay!) and he solved the exercise-enduced asthma problem. So, while that was productive, it didn’t solve the sleeping problems. After a long chat about my sleeping experiences, the allergist said it looked like I might have some sleep apnea issues and he sent me to a sleep specialist.

I had an appointment in late January where I had what definitely seemed like sleep apnea from my symptoms. So they scheduled me and I did my sleep study in February. I stayed in a room that looked like a hotel room and they hooked a gillion little wires to my head and upper body.

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My follow-up appointment happened in March and much to my great disappointment, I don’t have sleep apnea. I realize that that sounds like a strange sentiment, but sleep apnea is a diagnosable problem with definable methods for treating it. So, instead of a specific sleep issue, I just don’t sleep for no specific reason. The study (and every sleep tracker I’ve ever used) showed that I sleep for a couple of hours, lay awake for a few more, sleep a little more, wake up for a while, then sleep for about an hour until it’s time to wake up. There’s no clear or obvious reason why.

I’ve never been a great sleeper and even as a baby I would spend hours when I should be asleep just hanging out in my crib wide awake like a little creep. My dad is also an intermittent sleeper and we are both plagued with a personality type that is prone to being overly worrisome and anxious about things that aren’t really that big of a deal.

So, between my body’s refusal to sleep through the night as a rule and my ability to spend hours each night meticulously planning and worrying about something that may not be stressful at all (like meeting up with friends for dinner) and might not even be happening for several weeks or months, I’m not sleeping. Apparently some people don’t sleep well because their bodies just don’t sleep well. So, I am pretty frustrated about that.

The doctor prescribed me a sleeping aid that is supposed to help me stay asleep once I fall asleep, so I’ve been taking it for a month. Although I am staying asleep for longer periods (per my sleep app on my phone), I feel really groggy during the majority of the morning (exercising before work has been a struggle and a half) and I have noticed a significant increase in my cravings and hunger for carbohydrates specifically. And since I already want ALL THE CARBS ALL THE TIME, that’s been a real treat.

I don’t know really what the point of this is other than I’m still tired and grumpy (business as usual), except now I want pizza even more than I did before and my pants are hurting me.

PS: I learned from my sleep study that if you do one where the sleep lab is actually located in the office, then you usually only have to pay for an office visit (if you have insurance) when you do the sleep study portion. Since you’re visiting the office and not a special off-site lab, it is registered with your insurance as an office visit. So, instead of paying around $900, it only cost me $35. Hopefully, if you need a sleep study, that maybe that can help you save some money depending on your insurance.

In conclusion,

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67 thoughts on “No Sleep ‘Til… Ever.

  1. 1. Rust Cohle is my nihilistic soul mate.

    2. Sleep issues suck. I am on the other side of the spectrum and am tired allllll the time. I can sleep for 12 hours solid on the weekend and still need to take a nap. I can honestly chug a Red Bull and then fall asleep. People say I am “lucky” that I can fall asleep so easily, ummmm, no, being exhausted every waking hour is not luck.

    • Maybe you aren’t going into deep sleep when you sleep? When they did my study I only had on section of deep sleep for the whole night. Apparently you can sleep for eight hours, but if your body stays in light sleep, then you never feel refreshed and alert when you wake up. Who knew you could sleep but not really sleep?

      • That is exactly what was happening to me. I could sleep 8+ hours and constantly be exhausted and feel as though I could go back to sleep at any time. I found out that while I was “sleeping,” it was never deep sleep and I was “awake” several times throughout the night. One night I was awake 17 times within a 4 hour period. Not fully awake where I was conscious of what was going on, or up out of bed, but not in deep sleep at any point. Finally figured that out and was getting better and then got pregnant, so no good sleep for me……

        • Well, at least you are used to not getting sleep? I mean, that doesn’t help, but I can’t imagine being a good sleeper and then suddenly having none thanks to a baby.

  2. Sleep issues are the worst. I’ve struggled with insomnia on and off for most of my life, even in elementary school, and it’s been particularly problematic in college and law school (I don’t need to wake up until 8am, why am I up at 3?!) All I can say is, none of the sleep aids worked for me except melatonin, and even that has reliance issues, but de-stressing definitely helped (of course that’s no help when you ARE stressed!)

    • I thought when I finished graduate school, then I would sleep better because I wouldn’t be fretting about my dissertation all the time, but NOPE. I’m glad you were able to get some of the stress out of your life, and that must have been hard considering you’re in law school. Yeesh.

  3. I had a sleep study done last fall after two years straight of just not sleeping (despite patches of bad sleep in life, it hadn’t always been the case). I have Kaiser for health insurance so they have you do a at-home sleep study. I did end up having sleep apnea but find I struggle with the machine. I did do a sleep therapy class last summer though and I think it really helped–I sleep more/better, it isn’t perfect but I learned some techniques to cope via that six week class. I wonder if your doctor could get you into something similar?

    • I have never heard of a sleep therapy class. I will definitely ask my doctor about that. I’m glad that helped you sleep better!!

  4. Ugh. Sleep issues. For a long part of my adult life I didn’t actually realize that people went to bed and then stayed asleep for 7 or 8 hours or whatever. Like I assumed everyone tossed and turned?

    Also did you have to sleep with all those wires on? I can’ t even sleep with a shirt with arms on so i feel like that might skew my results.

    • I feel that. I cannot sleep in shirts at all. The nurse told me three times that patients had to wear tops and bottoms, so ugh. Sleeves are so constricting. My sister can sleep in a long-sleeved shirt and long pants and I just cannot understand how. The wires were annoying, but I guess I fell asleep at some point. My sister also sleeps like the dead for 8+ hours a night. It makes me jealous every day.

  5. You mentioned that you are often awake due to worry, have you looked into medication (or, possibly meditation or natural remedies) for anxiety? I too wake up and start to think about and worry about stupid things that I have no control over. My doctor recently put me on a beta-blocker (for anxiety induced heart palpitations), I take it at night, seems to help somewhat. Just a thought, maybe if you could work on your stress, the sleep will come. Good luck, nothing worse being tired all the time.

    • I’ve tried anti-anxiety medications before, but I hated how they made me feel. I just felt spacey and not as on the ball. I would love to not stress about insignificant things, so maybe I should look into it again.

      • I would try looking into different anxiety/depression medications. There are a lot of different brands out there, and each one affects people differently (it may work for one person and make another person feel like crawling out of their skin). My sister suddenly stopped sleeping her freshman year of college (this is a few years ago now). She had always had trouble sleeping, but she suddenly literally would spend all night awake and only get a couple of hours of sleep a night. This went on for months and she was obviously distressed and unable to function properly as would be expected with no sleep. The doctor finally figured out the synapses in her brain were firing way too much/without organization like they were supposed to. They put her on depression/anxiety medication which immediately made her synapses behave correctly again. The below link explains all of the science behind it (you may already know all of this). Not sure if that would help you at ALL, but just wanted to offer a suggestion to possibly look into!

        • Your poor sister, what a crap time for her brain to decide to malfunction! I’m glad she got it figured out.

  6. UGH Sleep issues!! Mine came on suddenly about 1.5 years ago, where I then brought it up at my annual lady doctor visit, who sent me to a primary care physician, who sent me to a psychiatrist, who sent me to a neurologist. The psychiatrist has been the most helpful out of all of them, and I’ve tried 4 different sleep aids. I’ve been on Trazodone (which is a mild antidepressant that helps with sleep) for almost a year, and he referred me to neuro to get a sleep study. The neuro doc refused to do one, and to wait another EIGHT months to see if there are any changes. Meanwhile, as I stated I did NOT want to be on sleep meds, he actually upped my dosage of trazodone. I can definitely relate to the hungover, zombie feeling everyday, and while I’ve luckily never had a migraine, I get headaches often. Anyway, the above novel to tell you that you’re not alone in your sleepless, carbohydrate-binging nights. 🙂

    • Trazodone is what I’m taking! I’m not yet up to the full dosage recommended because I feel so hungover in the mornings. I’m also SO HAPPY that the other side effect that impacted me is increased hunger. And your situation sounds super frustrating. That would really piss me off. I went to a specific sleep medicine clinic and called and scheduled it myself. I didn’t need a referral for the appointment, so if you are in a large city maybe they have one of those close by?

      • I’ll have to check it out! Fortunately, I’m actually not terribly exhausted during the day on most days — that would be insanely frustrating. I went from 50mg to 100mg on trazodone, and I still don’t feel like I get a deep sleep but I’m sleeping more than I was. I hope it works for you!

  7. I agree that maybe anti-anxiety meds might be worth looking into. I don’t have sleep problems, but I do take something to help with anxiety and it definitely makes a difference.

  8. I felt bad for you until you mentioned that you didn’t sleep well as a baby either. Now it all sounds like karma.

    My darling youngest child can expect this same sentiment from me when she comes to me in 20 years and says she can’t sleeps well.

    For actual sleep advice, I recommend Valium. That is some of the best sleep you’ll ever get.

    • It’s not like I laid there and cried. I would just chill in my crib/bed talking to myself and watching the fan (which seems very creepy). My mom still got to sleep and I just hung out until she woke up. It’s a pity Valium is so hard to acquire because that is some solid sleeping for sure.

        • At first I read that as fans like people who like you fans and I was like well that is super creepy, then I finally got it. I have a fan and I watch it. It’s useless now that my brain is mostly developed.

          • Well maybe if you can’t sleep, you could write some Fanfiction. I think that would be fantastic.

  9. I Third the motion about anxiety. Anxiety disorders can run in families, which might be why you and your dad have similar issues with sleep. Also, I’m sure you have looked into dietary changes and food allergies. All of that could be tied in together. Lastly, have you ever tried meditation or self-hypnosis? Just thinking maybe you could throw everything you can at this and see what sticks!

    • A few years ago I tried a few different anti-anxiety medications and they all just made me feel spacey. I did feel less nutty, but I also didn’t feel like myself. Maybe it takes time to get used to, but I just didn’t care for it at the time. I have not tried meditation or self-hypnosis mainly because I can’t imagine sitting still in silence for that long. Which is probably the issue…

  10. blegh I’m so sorry the sleep study didn’t resolve anything for you. I am supposed to schedule one of those as well, but just thinking about it causes more anxiety & thus less sleep. How do they account for all those wires & crap disrupting your sleep?? I don’t have so much trouble staying asleep, but for my whole life (I’m 30 now) as long as I can remember I cannot fall asleep, like it can take 4-6 hours!! The past 7 years I’ve been taking “non habit-forming” unison every night, which I’m sure is not ideal for my body. Well this is rambling and dumb but just wanted to say I really sympathize!! Being exhausted every day, waking up with headaches, is really the pits and coupled with an already anxious, perfectionist personality uuuuuuuuuuggghhhhhhhhhhhhh

    • They account for the fact that your sleep is going to be shit. She said most people get about a 50% in terms of “solid sleep” during the study. And the wires were super annoying, but she said that even with crappy sleep they can tell if you have problems like sleep apnea or restless leg syndrome. Also, I read that comment at warp speed and it made me anxious for you. It’s like a circle of crazy. I hope they find something that helps you because it is so frustrating.

  11. I used to be a really light sleeper, which caused sleeping issues, because any little noise or disruption would wake me up! I started taking melatonin in January, and it has been a lifesaver. I definitely get more restful sleep now, that is for sure. It took a while to figure out the right dosage, but now I take it about a half hour before bed every night and sleep pretty soundly for at least 6 hours.

    • I’m glad you got that figured out! I’ve taken melatonin on and off for years and it helps me fall asleep, but it doesn’t do much for staying asleep unfortunately.

  12. Chiming in with the others regarding the anxiety. If you don’t want to take meds, maybe just going to talk to a therapist about it? I was having some anxiety issues in the fall and just went to one session and even just airing everything out was like a weight lifted off of me.

  13. Not being able to sleep is like the WORST. I really can’t imagine anything worse (probably because I lead a very boring life).

    Anywho, have you ever slept with a box fan turned on? Or any type of constant sound? I can’t have a tv or radio on when I go to sleep – has to be pitch black dark and no lights on at all, door shut, etc. But I CANNOT sleep if I don’t have my box fan on. It sits beside my bed in a chair – half blowing on me, half not.

    I take it everywhere with me. Funny story: I always take my box fan with me when I travel to New Orleans. One night we were staying at the Hyatt Regency by the Superdome and I didn’t know how fancy it was. I was carrying my dusty ass box fan through a hotel with the biggest chandelier I’ve ever seen, spiral staircases, and women in front of me wearing Louboutins and carrying Prada bags.

    I’ve never been more embarrassed and oddly not caring at the same moment because I’m in my favorite city ever. From now on, I still take my box fan but I leave it in my trunk in case I do need it – and I haven’t had to yet, but I would love to make that call to the valet peeps.

    Point of this TL;DR: Invest in a box fan or a sound machine – one day you won’t be able to live without it.

    • One of the happiest moments of my life was finding a hotel room with a ceiling fan in it. SO DELIGHTFUL. I have to sleep with a fan on for sure. I have to have the sound and air on my face. When we travel, I have a small fan I take with me along with 400 batteries. If I don’t have air on my face (even in cars) I get panicky. I have the fan on at night, I sleep with earplugs in (mainly to drown out the forest that Bardot is chainsawing in her sleep), and a sleep mask. Anyway, I totally feel you on being high maintenance about fans.

      • Man, oh man, am I glad to know that I am not the only one that panicks in cars about air on my face – that’s why I like to drive myself everywhere or sit in the passenger seat so I know I can always control the air.

        Hashtag air conditioned sistas for life.

        • My family just knows to crank the air on the second the car comes on or I’m going to be pestering them about it at increasing volume. I honestly start to feel like I can’t breath. It’s the damnedest thing.

  14. That stinks! I basically can’t function if I don’t have more than 6 hours of sleep. I have an overactive brain so if I have a lot on my mind I find it really hard to shut off most of the time.

    Have you tried writing stuff down that you’re worried about before bed so you don’t have to think about it. Sometimes I try really really hard to just not think of anything. I downloaded a sleep helper app that plays calming music to help relax you

    PS: subject aside, your True Detective pictures were a hilarious fit!

  15. I started reading through all of the responses to see if anyone mentioned, but there were so many that I stopped 🙂 Have you ever tried Vallerian Root? I used to have a really hard time sleeping through the night and would stay awake around 1:30 for two hours thinking about the stupidest things like, “if I don’t run 3 miles today, when will I do it? I can’t do it on the weekend because I want to do yoga. Will I be able to run? What if I couldn’t run? What if I got hurt?” And so on and so forth…valllerian root helped a lot. Also, accupuncture changed my life in terms of anxiety and sleep. If you find a good one and an herlablist, your life will change. Mine gave me Chinese herbs called “Calm Spirit”…it changed my life more than anything.

    • “Calm Spirit” made me laugh. I could use a truckload of that. I worry about running too like it. It’s so stupid. No one is making me run and the world will not end if it doesn’t happen. Sadly, my brain doesn’t understand that.

  16. Sheesh. You got a lot of advice. I don’t really have anything new for you.

    This is totally my husband’s life. Stresses all the time about work. stares at the ceiling thinking, his mind doesn’t shut off. He will give up and go to work at 4am. He does have good luck with Neurowater Sleep. He drinks 1/3 to 1/4 of it and it works well. If he drinks the whole bottle he feels knocked out for the day.

    My Marine son also doesn’t sleep well (kind of obvious reasons) and I’ll find him on the floor, in his truck or in the yard sometimes as he just can’t find comfort. He likes the Neurowater also but agrees, the entire bottle will leave you with a hangover and you’ll be late to work. Just a little goes a long way.

    My husband tried the anti anxiety meds, they didn’t work for him. They may work for you though. Who knows? I’m a believer in trying until you get it.

    Good luck! Sleep issues are awful.

    • My dad is like that. We find him in all sorts of odd places just trying to get comfortable.

  17. Ughhhhh… same for me for the Melatonin. It helps me fall asleep but not stay asleep! Not that you want any new gadgets or sleep trackers but I use a Basis Peak. Here is the type of data I get from that device – Now if I could only get better counseling on how to turn off my mind!

  18. Sooooo its not gonna be something you want to hear, but my doctors say that my insomnia is largely due to autoimmune disease. They can’t say scientifically what it is (last I looked or they told me) but a large portion of people with autoimmune have sleep disorders/insomnia. Maybe because our bodies are internally buzzing with excitement all the time it won’t let us sleep? (this is the case for me all the time, not just during bouts of flare ups). This was not a helpful comment I realize, but maybe just maybe, you realize its not something you can “fix” that you will relax and sleep well tonight??!?!?!?

    • Stupid bodies doing stupid things. That is an interesting idea that I haven’t heard before.

  19. I used to have really bad sleep issues too. I would wake up between 1 and 3am and not be able to go back to sleep for a couple of hours. Now I sleep through the night and don’t wake up groggy AT ALL!!
    It all changed when I started going to a more natural doctor. He told me to take one pill of Kavinace before bedtime (I take it around 8 or 9pm). I also take magnesium citrate before bed too and that helps as well.
    Definitely check it out. Helps with sleep, mood and anxiety.
    Tried to find a link on Amazon, but it appears it isn’t in stock at this time.

    • It certainly would not hurt me to check out some other options because sleeping pills are not working. Thanks for the info!

  20. Oh, and I will follow up by saying I have had similar experience with melatonin too. Helped me fall asleep but not stay asleep. And every other sleep aid made me INSANELY groggy in the morning. I can’t deal or function like that.

  21. I feel you.

    I’ve always had problems falling asleep, even as a kid. It didn’t matter if I woke up at 5am that morning or 10am that morning, I am wide awake at 3am and don’t feel like going to sleep at all. But I am always good about taking naps. And this only happens about every 2 or 3 nights, not every night.

    I had a sleep study done a few years ago to rule out sleep apnea. Nope. Turns out I have delayed phase sleep syndrome, which is just a fancy way of saying while most people are on a 24 hour cycle (sleep for 8 hours, awake for the remaining 16) I am naturally on a 32-36 hour cycle (which is why I am be awake late at night but crash during the day, but not everyday).

    The doctor’s solution? Stick to a schedule. It helps the slightest bit but not a ton. Not helpful.

    Good luck figuring it out!

  22. I didn’t have time to read all the great comments so please forgive me if someone already mentioned this but have you had your thyroid checked? Mine has become hypothyroid (super slow) in the last few months and I am constantly tired. A friend of mine, however, also has a slow thyroid and has trouble sleeping so I’m wondering if you might have a bit of the same?

    • When I went to the first doctor they drew my blood and did a large array of tests because “you never know when you’re going to wake up with cancer.” Needless to say, everything seems to be normal on that front thankfully.

  23. I am exactly the same. My fitbit’s reports on my sleep are horrifying. If I get more than 4 hours of sleep (out of the 8 that I’m in bed) I feel like throwing a party. My husband, snoring beside me, and my beagle, stiff-arming me out of my own bedspace, do not understand this. They look at the clock at midnight, fall asleep, and look at the clock again at 8 am. CAN YOU IMAGINE THAT? Because I can’t.

    Anyway, melatonin is great, and magnesium is as well. Perhaps try a magnesium supplement. Also, this is SUPER CREEPY but it works for me because I can’t meditate. I immediately just start chasing myself around in circles in my head with worries and then telling myself to shut up about the worries so I can meditate. Recently I have started watching ASMR videos on YouTube. They’re videos that you watch using headphones of people whispering or making crinkly noises, etc – whatever, it sounds super creepy, but just put ASMR video in YouTube (if you’re not already creeped out) and try it – it is SUPER RELAXING (if you can stop laughing). It relaxes your brain because you’re focused solely on one thing, but it’s something relaxing. Might help??

    • I’m not going to front like I’m a logical grown woman because people whispering while my eyes are closed would scare the shit out of me. I will have to check out crinkle noises.

  24. And to pile on with more advice… I do a sleep worry journal. Generally I am a good sleeper but with a kiddo that still wakes up 1-2x a night at 13 months I have learned strategies to fall back asleep. (1) is a heating pad (2) is thinking about a specific time/place that made me happy and (3) is for worries I write in a worry journal and tell myself to think about them tomorrow. Generally together that works. That sucks about sleeping. I deeply empathize with that as a new mom. Not sleeping is THE worse.

  25. Tried PM pain relievers and benadryl, tried Ambien and Lunesta, tried melatonin and other herbal supplements. Nothing. Trazodone worked for me, but it made me a zombie in the morning. I am now taking a small dose of Klonopin (for anxiety) and a small dose of Trazodone together – maybe it will work? (Taking the Trazodone in advance of when you want to go to bed helps it work through your system a bit more before morning.)

    Here’s my “try this!” advice: cold therapy. Essentially, I take a gel ice pack and place it on my forehead or the back of my head (essentially however it will stay while I’m reading.) Nights I do this, my sleep is better. Weird, right? (I have two ice packs so if I’m having trouble falling back to sleep, I go get the cold one and start all over.) Several well-documented studies about it, and a lot of people with insomnia in the comments section complaining that they don’t want to uncomfortable. I tried it, and it helped me. Might help you too?

    My insurance and the hospital told me my sleep study was completely covered. Imagine my surprise (and even less sleep) when I got a bill for $1200, which I am still paying off with a payment plan almost a year later. Results said I just don’t get REM sleep. And there’s nothing they can do to fix it.

    • I did the ice pack last night and I think it did help! I certainly felt like I was calmer at bedtime because I was kind of cold which is FABULOUS. It was surprisingly relaxing. Regarding that bill, that is BULLSHIT. I don’t understand how you can be told something is covered then be expected to pay when it isn’t. To me, the entity providing the service should be held responsible for misinformation. That happened to me once and I certainly would have made some different decisions about some of the tests they ran had I know it would be $1700 in the end.

  26. I am so glad I don’t have any major sleep issues that can’t be fixed with an eye mask. (Why yes, I am bragging about my wonderful nights of slumber.)

  27. I’m so sorry. That must be terrible. My pathetic recommendations are:
    1. Sleep therapy / sleep habits
    2. Extended release melatonin
    3. Triazolam (covers anxiety and sleep)
    4. Change the time you exercise. If it’s before bed, try morning, or vice versa (exercise makes some people sleep well, other stay awake)
    Good luck. Sorry you’re dealing with this.

    • I have modified my exercise time. I used to could go running at 9 or 10 at night and go right to sleep, but in the past couple of years if I do any cardio after 7:30, then I’m screwed. That’s part of the reason I’ve been making an effort to work out more in the morning. And I don’t think those are pathetic recommendations, sleep therapy seems to be a very popular recommendation!

  28. I have had sleep issues for a while. Through many experiments I have found what works for me

    I have to unplug at least 2 hours before bed, no phone, no computer, no screens basically. I still watch TV.Also phone cannot be in my bedroom, I used to reach for it when I woke in the night and that would just wake me up more.

    I have taken up meditation. I do it for 11 minutes a day, in the morning. It is hard. I started with 2 minutes in Jan and have worked my way up.Am finally seeing a calming effect of this in all areas of my life.

    I take 500 mg of magnesium just before bed, is supposed to have relaxing effect or something.

    I now sleep a solid 7 hours a night usually.

    Hope this helps!

    • I too try to get shut it down a while before bed and watch TV or read, but since my sister doesn’t get off work until around 8, sometimes I keep staying up so we chat when she gets home. I’m glad you are getting some solid sleep, it seems like I should give meditation a shot.

  29. I want to comment, but I don’t want to do it publicly and I can’t find a “contact me” button! lol

  30. A couple people have already mentioned this but you might try the magnesium supplement. A deficiency in magnesium is supposed to cause lack of sleep and headaches.

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