I've struggled with insomnia since my teens, but for the last year or so, I've mainly had it under control, thanks to improving my diet and taking melatonin on a nightly basis.
This last week, even taking two melatonin pills before bed hasn't helped me fall asleep - my mind is so busy processing the crazy things that are going on in my life and to those around me, that I lay awake in bed for hours.
I thought I'd walk you through the chain of events that occur on one of these nights...
8 pm: take a melatonin pill...
9 pm: move to the bedroom to get comfy in bed while watching television with my husband
9:30 pm: realize he is never turning off the How It's Made marathon, so open up the iPad to play on Pinterest and StumbleUpon
10:oo pm: Husband goes to sleep and I turn off the TV, put down the iPad and attempt to fall asleep
10:03 pm: Start thinking about everything I need to do to our family room in order to pass our master inspection
10:08 pm: Calculate days we have left before our Master permit expires
10:15 pm: Take pictures of my shelties laying on the bed in the dark with my iPhone camera because they look so cute
10:30 pm: Wonder if my in-laws are going to like the activities I have planned for when they visit us next month
10:45 pm: Open the Shutterfly app on my iPhone to look at the photos from when I visited my in-laws in 2010 and we played in snow
11:00 pm: Wonder if my friend is ever going to meet a nice guy. Secretly scheme to fix her up with husband's coworker
11:30 pm: Remember that husband's coworker has a girlfriend now
11:45 pm: Tweet about how tired I am
11:50 pm: Wonder if Jason Segel used a crotch-double in Forgetting Sarah Marshall
Midnight: Get up and go pee
12:03 am: Receive text message from a friend saying she was just pulled over by a cop. Freak out, then she says it's okay, just a ticket
12:30 am: Promise myself that I am going to paint my nails tomorrow
12:45 am: Wonder what my husband's first girlfriend looked like
1 am: Get up to let the cat in because I can hear him crying at the front door
1:15 am: Get pissed off because I realize my husband will be out of town when kiddo takes her overnight camping trip with her class, leaving me alone for 24 hours
2 am: Try to decide if I should just get up and work on a post for my blog, or just stay in bed and think about a post for tomorrow
2:15 am: take another melatonin pill, even though I know I won't be able to wake up at 7 am the next morning
Sometime around 3 am: zzzzzzzzzz