Tuesday, November 09, 2010

To sleep, perchance to dream...

I've been having an awful time with insomnia again. This time, it's definitely not coffee. Nope, it's my crazy hormones. The hot flushes strike at night, waking me a million times (well, it seems like it) and leaving me feeling exhausted and wrung out in the morning.

My miracle pills aren't helping any more - I even doubled the dose, but no joy. I remarked to Bike Boy tonight that I must start taking my hops/valerian evil-tasting drops on a regular basis and see if that does the job. The potion is designed to relieve insomnia, but hops is known to also have a beneficial effect on menopausal symptoms.

Then Bike Boy mentioned that one of his beer brewing books had a recipe for a hops pillow, designed to improve sleep. It apparently promotes extremely vivid dreams though - if I combine it with magnesium, I wonder if my usual crazy dreams will become even more loony?

Anyway, he's out of hop flowers at the moment, but as soon as he gets some more, I'm going to hop to it (geddit?) and whip up one of these little numbers to test it out.

By the way, in spite of a very crappy night, I got up at 5:30 this morning and headed off to my RPM class. Must remember next time to eat something at the gym afterwards, NOT wait till I get to work an hour and twenty minutes later. My legs refused to go up the stairs... I was totally out of fuel. Oops.


Kerry W said...

What's that plant/flower in your photo Kek? I'm curious...
Hope your sleep situation improves. You sound like my hubby - an insomniac. I don't know how people survive or even thrive (like you seem to) on little or no sleep.

Kek said...

I'm not normally an insomniac, Kerry, so this is driving me nuts.

That's a hops flower in the picture - pretty plants (but we won't be growing them, in spite of my husband thinking it's a great idea!)

Raechelle said...

I feel for ya! I've been going through quite a few not so great nights lately...just keep waking up...though I could imagine dealing with the hot flushes would make that double bad. Hope the hops work!

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