Insomnia: Moving Beyond Tired

November 18, 2015

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the National Sleep Foundation. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

As long as I can remember, I’ve never been able to fall asleep easily. When I was a young girl I would roll around for what seemed like hours before I finally drifted off to sleep, and nothing has changed. Last night I was up until past 1am, despite having a busy work day, my son’s school talent show last night, and using my elliptical for an hour. I’ve tried medications for insomnia, but all of them make me feel terrible the next day. I have yet to use CBD to try and balance my mind just before bed in order to try and get a better sleep, but I’ve heard it works wonders for a good amount of people for numerous issues and ailments, it’s just a matter of looking on sites like to find the best possible option for you. Many people have tried giving me advice on what I can do to try and get a good night’s sleep. From taking medication that relaxes me before bed, to even using herbal sprays on my pillow, there’s just so much to consider. Of course I do want to solve this, but after hearing stories from friends where someone they knew was going through difficult benzodiazepine withdrawal while trying to treat his insomnia, it does scare me a little. With this being said, I have heard from others that it can work and things sometimes get worse before it gets better. I guess anything is worth a try if I can finally get the rest I need/deserve.
The most worrisome aspect of insomnia is that I’m starting to notice my poor sleep habits in my son. I hope that by working on my own problem with insomnia that I can move Beyond Tired, fall asleep faster, and help instill better sleeping habits in my son.


In the United States alone, nearly 70 million people experience one or more symptoms of insomnia. When I lay down at night my brain floods with a list of things that I need to do tomorrow and worries about a menagerie of problems (real and hypothetical). Most people look forward to bedtime, and I dread it. My son is equally restless at bedtime, and I’m concerned that he will have a lifelong struggle with sleep. He will toss and turn, fighting sleep, before nearly collapsing from exhaustion. It shouldn’t have to be this way. You should just be able to get into your bed and fall asleep instantly, but it just isn’t happening. I’ve never even thought about this before, but my friend had told me that it could be down to our mattresses being old or not as functional as they once were and to consider getting them changed. She told me to check out mattress comparisons sites like this one to see if I find one that can help both of us to get a night’s sleep that we deserve. I think we’re definitely overdue some. As you can see below, at least two members of our family have no problem sleeping…at least not during the day. But their nocturnal prowling contributes even more to my own sleep difficulty. The National Sleep Foundation is dedicated to sleep problem awareness and advocacy. The website Beyond Tired has information available to help you learn how to fall asleep faster, and stories from individuals who suffer from insomnia and how they’re working to solve those problems.


The Beyond Tired Frequently Answered Questions page is full of Q & A about insomnia.

They provide answers to questions such as:

  • When should you talk to your doctor about insomnia?
  • How much sleep do you really need?
  • How can you set up your bedroom for a better night’s sleep?

I spotted a few things immediately that I can do to improve our sleep environment. I believe the ambient temperature in my bedroom is wrong, and it might be preventing me from falling asleep. I already keep our bedroom dark, but I do keep my electronic devices on my night stand. I have a horrible habit of checking my phone when I can’t fall asleep or if I wake during the night.

Do you struggle with falling asleep or do you toss and turn at night? Check out all of the resources and information available from the National Sleep Foundation.
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