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  1. Wow, I never would have said sleeper if someone asked me this question, but that would be AWESOME! I tend to go through bouts of insomnia too. This one right now is annoying…I fall right asleep at bed time, but then I wake up around midnight WIDE AWAKE until about an hour before my alarm goes off. Sigh.

  2. Oh my gosh, your post totally struck a cord. I’m a totally horrible, anxious sleeper. This just started about 3 years ago,and I can’t go through a night without waking myriad times wide awake.Then, I get anxious about lack of sleep and that keeps me up longer. What flipped for you? The only time I manage to sleep well is when I’m on a break from school – OR was magical in that way. Perhaps I should get back into hot yoga – stress relief + pure exhaustion afterwards. What’s your secret?

    • gracefulfitness

      Oh Sarah, I wish I had a secret to share but it’s a combination of factors. Things drastically improved when we lived in Peru. Like you mentioned about being on break from school, while in Peru I let myself s l o w w a y d o w n. Over the years I’ve found that acupuncture helped me a lot, yoga helped, getting off birth control pills may have helped, neurofeedback helped, but honestly I feel like it was a crazy cycle that needed to run it’s course. That cycle of sleep anxiety is a really tough one to break, I know exactly what you are talking about. I still feel like I only get 1-2 good nights of sleep each week but it’s nothing like it was. Wishing you sweet dreams tonight!

  3. The idea of having super sleeper powers is an awesome idea! Anxiety, depression, and a terribly small bladder keep me awake, or have me getting up at least 4 times a night. It definitely started in college and now includes me clenching my jaw most of the night; I wake up with sore teeth! Seriously, what is up with that?!

    But, if I could choose any superpower, it might be fun to have a superpower that transports me anywhere in the world in seconds. Travel would be so much easier and cheaper!

    I’m glad that you have been sleeping better-makes each day so much more enjoyable 🙂

    • gracefulfitness

      Over the last several months I’ve developed that jaw clenching thing too! I’m really worried about my teeth, they aren’t sore but they might get worn down in strange places if this keeps up.

      I like your superpower, dinner in Barcelona, an early morning dip in the Carribean…:)

  4. Mama Shay

    Working night shifts (7pm to 7:30am) totally messes with my sleep cycles. Trying to sleep during the day is a challenge. Some things that have helped me include: Black -out curtains, a cold eye mask followed by a sleep mask (the total darkness DOES help), a dimmer switch in the bathroom (minimal light when I wake up to pee), a sound machine with white noise (I prefer the rain noise), no electronic stimulation before bed and of course minimal caffene (I stop drinking coffee by 3:00am). Calming your mind is hard but Rescue Remedy does help. Anyone have any other suggestions on what has worked for them?

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