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How to ruin your sleep cycle without even trying.

How to Ruin Your Sleep Cycle Without Even Trying in 3 Easy Steps:

1. Accept the truth that because it is a three-day weekend, staying up late on Sunday night is totally justified.

2. Stay up past 2 in the morning.

3. Sleep past 11 am.

Tah-dah!!!  And now you’ll find it exceedingly difficult to fall asleep before midnight tonight and make it to work on time tomorrow morning.

In my arsenal of fall-asleep-quickly supplies (because, sadly, insomnia strikes with greater frequency than I’m willing to own up to) I keep many aromatherapeutic goodies designed to help me fall asleep fast.  Lavendar chamomile lotion, pillow spray, bubble bath and candles all sit on my night table (or in the case of the bubble bath, in my bathtub).  I also recently picked up a small bottle of melatonin — a supplement to help me fall asleep.

Now, I typically eschew running to pharmaceuticals for relief — I’ve been known to tough out aches and pains for days rather than pop some Tylenol and I took only 2 of my prescribed Vicodin post-wisdom teeth removal (relying instead on a bottle of Extra-Strength Tylenol).  Needless to say, I was a bit hesitant to try this as a remedy for my sleeplessness.  It far surpassed my expectations.  Normally, sleep aids make me twitchy — as if my body is trying to fight them.  After taking a melatonin tablet (I learned that half of a tablet would still get the job done), I fell asleep with ease.

It didn’t overwhelm me, it didn’t make me feel exceptionally drowsy. I just sank into my bed and drifted off.  Really, it was quite lovely.  So given how late I slept today and my current plans for minimal activity (hey, I take my “rest days” in marathon training seriously), I am aware that I might need one later tonight, but I’m okay with that if it helps me get back on a regular sleep cycle.

Happy Zzzzzz’s, everyone!