Racoon Eyes

by jenna on September 9, 2008

Yikes, I slept awful last night! I just couldn’t, for the life of me, fall asleep! Every minute that went by I stressed out more and more knowing the alarm clock would buzz at 6:10. I tried all my usual relaxing techniques but nothing worked. What do y’all do when this happens to you?! Needless to say, I’m a bit tired this morning as I eat my oats and prepare for another long morning of school. :(

Speaking of oats, they are fantastic this morning so hopefully that will signal a great day! Now that I think about it, I should have mixed coffee in them as well….oh well. Here’s what was in my bowl this morning:

1/3 cup multigrain cereal

3/4 cup soymilk

1/5 granola plank

small spoonful flax

1 spoonful pb

1/2 banana

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Hopefully this will keep me going for awhile! Or at least until later this morning when I eat my snack:

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Woooooahhhhhhh I need coffee. Asap. Have a great morning!

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VeggieGirl September 9, 2008 at 10:37 am

Ahh, so sorry that you’re exhausted :-( At least you have a scrumptious breakfast to help perk you up! :-)

Hope you gain more energy for your Tuesday!!

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Grounded Fitness September 9, 2008 at 11:15 am

coffee. thats what i do. lots of coffee.
warm milk, too. i dont know how much of that is in my head, but it seems to do the trick.

http://www.groundedfitness.com

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caitlin (see bride run) September 9, 2008 at 11:37 am

mmmmm liquid crack is calling your name!

i love those Mojo bars! Delicious!

Hope you feel better soon and see you tomorrow for dinner! :)

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Erin September 9, 2008 at 11:38 am

When I can’t sleep, I get up and try not to fall asleep. I just read, cook, anything. It seriously works…usually!
I also take Melatonin. Have you tried that?

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Christie I. September 9, 2008 at 11:50 am

Sorry you couldn’t get to sleep. Maybe try a PM yoga routine or just a few minutes of Legs up the wall pose will help calm your mind.

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Alli W. September 9, 2008 at 12:02 pm

I take Melatonin as well. I got it at Whole Foods–and it wasn’t too expensive. I used to be plagued by anxious sleeplessness (and the anxiety was always centered around not being able to fall asleep). Now, I rarely have a problem!

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B_Hlthy September 9, 2008 at 12:24 pm

focus on breathing and I often try part of my meditation in yoga.. You lay as flat as possible, arms at your sides, let the tension in your feet fall to either side. Then start letting tension (stress, pain, worry) fall to either side of your toes, then ankles, then imaging the tension falling away from your calves, (then knees, thighs, hips, abs & back, shoulders, neck, ears, head)… Take each part slowly until you feel some kind of release, focus on your breathing and exhaling all the stresses that are keeping your mind going.. If you arent asleep by the time you get to the top of your head, work your way back down.

Only a few times I started counting sheep and very rarely do i ever get up to the 90’s, I think the yoga breathing works much better.

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Lisa September 9, 2008 at 12:45 pm

This may sound weird but for some reason if I can’t sleep and I try laying still on my back it gets me to relax and eventually fall asleep. Which is totally weird since I don’t like sleeping on my back at all I always sleep on my side.

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Heather @ Hangry Pants September 9, 2008 at 1:11 pm

Well, I am a notorious bad sleeper, especially when I am nervous about something big the next day. I’ve gotten really good at functioning on no sleep. Now when I can’t sleep I just tell myself to at least rest and not worry that I am not sleeping. Eventually, I fall asleep. I’ve tried doing other things like Erin suggested, but that never works for me – I end up getting a second wind!

Good luck getting through your sleepy day.

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adi September 9, 2008 at 1:40 pm

Hey Jenna! Just wondering, when you say “multigrain cereal”, are you talking about the Bob’s Red Mill kind??
Enjoy your new schedule!

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Megan September 9, 2008 at 1:44 pm

I just had that MOJO bar the other day and loved it. I did a post on it because I thought it was so good. I also tried the peanut butter and jelly one and found it to be mighty tasty. Check out my post: http://megansmunchies.blogspot.com/2008/09/getting-my-mojo-back-peanut-butter.html

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Heather September 9, 2008 at 1:52 pm

Sorry about the bad night :( I usually just read something not super stimulating (like a cookbook, weirdly enough) when I can’t sleep.
Mojo bars are the BEST! I love the sweet/salty combo.

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ModelBehavior September 9, 2008 at 2:29 pm

When that happens to me I just get up. Go read for a few minutes or have some tea. I usually feel tired again in about 15 mn to a half hour and then I go right to sleep! Hope you wake up a bit today! :)

http://www.modbehav.com

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Littleblackdress September 9, 2008 at 2:31 pm

I had that problem on Sunday- it’s horrible! I hope you are feeling better. One of the things I notice is that since I have become superhealthy now that I am a grown up (clean diet, tons of exercise, alcohol only 1 maybe 2x a week), when I don’t get a good night’s sleep, I am in a much better place throughout the day than say, in college.

I agree that the best thing to do is read a book.

I really want to try those Mojo bars- they looks awesome. And I love your 6 mini-meals- you are inspiring me to want to have more healthy snacks!

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Jo September 9, 2008 at 2:41 pm

I used to get that a LOT – but I do relaxing and breathing exercises when I’m in bed and that works a treat. I started doing them a couple of months ago and haven’t had problem since. Otherwise what I used to do was get out of bed and do something, maybe read a chapter of my book and then go back to bed, it usually works. The most important thing I learnt was not to stress as I realised that I would be fine the next day, nothing that an extra coffee wouldn’t sort out.

I’m fine going to bed, but the other morning I woke up at 4am and could not for the life of me get back to sleep – so annoying, especially as I knew I would blatantly drift off just before 6 when my alarm went off and surprise, surprise – that’s exactly what happened and I was fast asleep and did not want to get up!

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runjess September 9, 2008 at 2:49 pm

I have sleeping problems quite often. In the morning I get up and go on with my day as if I’ve had enough sleep. I may not feel great, but life must go on as usual.

Melatonin supplements help sometimes. I use an all-natural kind. I’m scared of the whole “sleeping pill” thing.

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Kimberly September 9, 2008 at 2:53 pm

When I can’t fall asleep, I turn the television onto QVC and leave it on a low volume — the monotone helps lull me right to sleep :)

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angelcubbie September 9, 2008 at 4:05 pm

I second everyone’s recommendation of maletonin, it’s all natural and whenever I honestly cannot for the life of me sleep, one little pill works wonders. Also, it may sound wierd, but if I get up and have a small bowl of cereal, it puts me right out too.

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Laura September 9, 2008 at 4:28 pm

Hey! I am new to your blog and absolutely love it! I saw a few pics of that overnight oatmeal and it looks absolutely delicious! However, I couldn’t find a recipe. How do you make the overnight oats?

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tfh September 9, 2008 at 5:17 pm

Hope you can muster enough energy for the day! Nothing works for me when the insomnia monster hits, but I do try to write in my journal for a few minutes before bed so my mind is as empty as possible.

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Caroline September 9, 2008 at 5:48 pm

None too often I’ve had the same problem you had last night. What I do to help fall asleep is to eliminate all forms of caffeine during the day (I never drank coffee), shut off the TV or computer an hour before I sleep, and lay in bed relaxed, trying not to think of sleeping.

And I know if you didn’t sleep well the first night, you’ll definitely be tired enough to sleep well the next night.

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Kristie September 9, 2008 at 5:52 pm

I had one of those lame sleeps last night too. I kept waking up, tossing and turning etc all night. My mind was just constantly on the go. Needless to say, I loaded up on the coffee this morning. It helped. I still feel a little tired this afternoon, but nothing more coffee can’t aid if I feel so inclined :)

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jenna September 9, 2008 at 6:23 pm

Laura,

I’m made it tons of different way. I just searched it on my blog and came up with this where I describe my favorite method:

http://eatliverun.com/?p=2645

Adi,

No, I’ve always meant the Quaker kind. I only bought this for the first time the other day. I really like it though.

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Chris September 9, 2008 at 9:12 pm

So sorry you had trouble sleeping! Usually if I’m having one of those nights I’ll get up and go someplace else in my house to read or I’ll play Solitare with on my iPod. Solitare works so well for me – I’m not sure why, but it’s just repetitive/involved enough to get me sleepy.

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