January 13, 2007

Nyquil Junkie

I'm a recovering Nyquil addict. For the past two night have slept drug-free for the first time in three weeks. But things haven't been going as smoothly as I hoped. Last night I officially went to bed at 11pm and didn't fall asleep until at least 3:30. Tonight I was in bed at midnight but as you can see, no luck so far. I'm trying to keep my mind off of the darling little bottle of cherry Nyquil in the bathroom that has sleep written all over it. The cough is gone, I need to quit.

Here was the battle plan for tonight -

Plan A: I took a long soothing bath before bedtime to relax then eased under the blankets surrounded by my fortress of pillows. Soon I was feeling sleepy but then out of nowhere the Mighty Mouse theme song popped into my head and 45 minutes later I was still singing it in my head and tapping my feet to the beat. Curse those catchy 50's theme songs! Proceed to Plan B.

Plan B: I started running through some of my self-hypnosis exercises to still my body and calm my mind. One of the stages is to just tell yourself to relax with each exhalation and go limper and limper each time. But I soon began mentally berating myself for not being able to relax. Drill Sargent Hollywood did anything but relax me. To escape my brutal task master, I reverted to Plan C.

Plan C: Bigelow Sleepytime tea. In the spirit of overkill I filled an enormous mug to the brim with my sleep potion. We're talking at least three cups of liquid here. I read a few blogs, finished my tea and went back to bed. Less than a minute later I realized my mistake as the next hour was spent running back and forth to the bathroom cursing homeopathy, pregnancy and the digestive system as a whole. Plan D went into effect.

Plan D: Read about 30 blogs. Why can't you guys be more boring? I'm still wide awake! If only someone would blog about their socks or toothbrush preferences. You're really going to make me go through with Plan E?

Plan E: Fake cough a few times, pat myself on the head and finish off that delicious bottle of Nyquil. Unless I can think of a better plan in the next 20 minutes I'll have no choice. Someone send me a sock blog fast!

Here I come to save the day...


Silly Marie said...

read scriptures rather than blogs. works like a charm for me 90% of the time. sometimes even when i'm not tired to begin with.

this sounds like me in high school. almost every night i laid in bed a good 1 1/2-2 hours before actually falling asleep because random things occupied my mind.

chronicler said...

sorry Sarah. I didn't see this until after I woke up this morning at 8:10! Ooooo sleeping in is so nice. Hope you got some sleep.;-)

Rachelle Black said...

Oh. My. Heck!!!
I laughed so hard when I read this, we are two peas in the proverbial sleepless pod you and I.
And I LOVE Mighty Mouse!!!
- sigh, my hero -
Perhaps you should try listening to Kenny G??

Lady Steed said...

I am so sorry you couldn't get to sleep--especially since being pregnant makes you so tired. ARGGHH!

I have a pressing question though--Nyquil? Can I too take Nyquil while I am pregnant? I defintely have a cold and I feel awful, but I know some Nyquil just might ease the pain and help me sleep. Please advise.

Janell said...

My two sleeping techniques

1) Think about a patch of sand on a beach and every grain of sand thereof. It gets boring quickly. I suspect imagining paint dry would yield similar results.

2) Read a state publication on driving saftey and laws. Yawn!

AzĂșcar said...

I've found that half a unisom works perfectly--it also curbs morning sickness while you're awake. Why beat around the bush? Nyquil has all sorts of other ingredients, get the one thing you really need from a simpler med.

My sleep quality has been decreasing at a snow-balling rate. It's not just the forever-to-fall-asleep or the trips to the loo, it's the preschooler who has decided to wake up at 2, 4, 5, 6 etc etc...

I suppose it's all to prepare you for the extraordinary sleep deprivation we are about to endure.

AzĂșcar said...

p.s. my song is Regina Spektor's Samson, round and round

Silly Marie said...

L.S. on the bottle it doesn't say pregnant ladies CAN'T take it. It says to consult your physician to understand the risks and benefits. There is more than 1 ingredient in it not recommended for pregnant ladies, but many people seem to think that it isn't a big deal if you follow the directions and don't use it too long.

Alternatives to Nyquil that have no known harmful side effects: Sudafed, Robitussin, Vicks Cough Syrup, and Tylenol. (according to the Cleveland Clinic Health system)