Posted by Tobi-Dawne
I have to admit, I was concerned going from having a basement bedroom, where we could block out almost all daylight, to living almost entirely on the main floor of a house. I have always had a very difficult time sleeping. Even as a kid – when I’d count that I was getting eight or nine hours of sleep I was counting the time I spent resting, just lying still in bed. I thought that time counted, I thought everyone “slept” like I did. Truly only sleeping for a couple hours, and the rest of the time just lying quietly as the mind raced through scenario after scenario, scene after scene, idea after idea, thought after thought… These days I take a butt load of melatonin to get to sleep, between 10 and 20 mgs most nights. It’s a large dose, but it’s the only way I’d fall asleep. Kid kid has a mind like mine, it just doesn’t stop, and if your brain doesn’t slow down you can’t get to sleep, so she takes a 3 mg dose before bed too.
Having all the extra light around us, all the time, I was concerned the effect it might have on my already erratic sleeping patterns. And there’s the rub… instead of making things worse? It’s kinda like someone hit a reset button in my brain. For the first time in years I’m falling asleep without the melatonin. I still have to listen to a movie or tv show to quiet my brain down (focusing on one thing stops all the “noise” and lets me drift off), but I did that before in addition to the melatonin. It’s an odd thing for me not to need assistance to drift off to sleep, but it’s a good thing. It’s something I’m really liking, and it’s something I never expected. 🙂