For My Fellow Insomniacs

It’s 2 a.m., and I’m up writing this. Just kidding! It’s like 2 p.m. and I’m writing on a lovely weekend afternoon because my usual scribe time—2 a.m.—is now filled with sleeping. Beautiful, deep, lovely, dreamy sleep.

So, I think it’s fair to say that insomnia is pretty common. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, “…[A]pproximately 30% of a variety of adult samples drawn from different countries report one or more of the symptoms of insomnia: difficulty initiating sleep, difficulty maintaining sleep, waking up too early, and in some cases, nonrestorative or poor quality of sleep.”

Guys…that’s a lot of missed sleep.

A few months ago, hubby hubs and I moved into a new apartment. I’m so in love with it. Seriously, if we won the lottery tomorrow, I’d probably want to stay in this adorable little place. Which, by the way, has two bedrooms. Only one of which has a TV now. Our bedroom is without television, as is our living room. Only the second bedroom—really, our office—has a TV.

It has made a world of different in my sleep patterns. My no-more-screens in the bedroom rule isn’t popular with everyone (such as a certain husband who has absolutely no trouble falling asleep as soon as his head hits the pillow). But just not having that kind of disruption anywhere near while I’m in bed is relaxing. I feel less restless and antsy, and much more peaceful.

Courtney Colantonio-Ray, Wild Pieces, Blog, Courtney Paige Photography
This is now what we stare at when we go to bed instead of a big TV screen.

I guess what I’m trying to say is: Kill your TV. Or at least move it to a room that you’re not sleeping in. This is what I stare at now before falling blissfully asleep. And I love it. There are other tricks I’ve tried that have helped—no alcohol before bed, taking a bath, enjoying some chamomile tea—but this has been the most effective. Just try it for like a week, see what happens.

Courtney Colantonio-Ray, Wild Pieces, Blog, Courtney Paige Photography
But seriously, this elephant is adorable.

OK, don’t take my word for it. Said the National Sleep Foundation, “Exposure to light stimulates a nerve pathway from the eye to parts of the brain that control hormones, body temperature and other functions that play a role in making us feel sleepy or wide-awake. Too much light, right before bedtime may prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. In fact, one study recently found that exposure to unnatural light cycles may have real consequences for our health including increased risk for depression.”

Truth, y’all.

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