Monday, September 24, 2012

Do You Sleep 8 Hours?

So, I'm just curious, how many of you sleep 8 hours straight through every night? What a actually hit the pillow and sleep...for 8 hrs! If you do, what's your secret? I'm dying to know! Please leave me a comment and tell me your tricks to this amazing feat.

Not only do I not sleep 8 hours straight, but I toss and turn. First, I'm hot, then cold. Or I have to get up to go to the bathroom. Sometimes, I need a drink of water, or find a new position because my back now hurts. 

The funny thing is, if I lie down for a nap in the afternoon, I sleep like a baby!  The only time I sleep in... when I need to get up early for an appointment. 

Although, I have to admit, I do have 'book brain'. You know that feeling when your writing a book and it runs through your mind 24/7! And, on top of that, I live with a man who could sleep standing straight up! I'm not jealous of that though, I wouldn't want to fall asleep the minute I sat down to watch a show, or read a book. 

In order for me to totally relax, I have to go to the mountains for a few days and hang out in the lithium based waters of Cottonwood and go hiking, or for a drive up the passes. Then, take naps in between soaking in the hot water again. Good thing I'm going up there this week, I need to rest and clear my mind for a winter of serious writing!

We have to finish this manuscript and get it to the editor by December, and then we have two more books to work on while we wait for the book to come back to us so we can publish it. I hate deadlines, even when I'm the one making them!

So, back to Cottonwood I go and I will (hopefully) come back feeling so relaxed that I can actually sleep 8 hours at night! Anyway, that's the plan.

Leave me your comments and let me know if you're like me and sleep in shifts, or if you have energy all day and sleep through the night. If it's the latter for you, make sure to tell me how you do it, coz I really need to know!

Have a great week everyone! Lisa


  1. I have developed terrible sleep patterns. Maybe I can attribute it to getting older. I never had sleep problems before I was 30 or so. Now I have more things weighing on my mind not to mention the getting up to go to the bathroom and all the things you mention. My internal clock now seems to be set at about 5 hours per night and a 10 to 60 minute nap after lunch.

    Tossing It Out

  2. I read in bed before I go to sleep until I can no longer make out the words on the page. Then I sleep for eight hours. BUT, before I go to bed I take a Tylenol PM (or Walmart equivalent). Works wonderfully. My husband, like yours, falls asleep the minute his head hits the pillow. I occassionally wake up and look at the clock, then go right back to sleep. I may have a bit of a dry mouth in the morning from that pill, but it beats staying awake all night.

  3. Where are these lithium waters? Are they anywhere near me in the Pacific NW?
    Sleeplessly yours--
    Lisa McCool

  4. Arlee, I'm with you! My bad sleeping habits happened from having to go to work at 4 am for years and then I would come home and nap so I would have the energy to make dinner and put the kids to bed at 9 pm. Otherwise, I would have been in bed at 7 pm lol!

  5. Linda, yeah, I used to take ibuprofen before bed, but I didn't want my body to think I needed that to sleep. i do, however, read every night when I go to bed, but usually 5 hours is all I sleep, unless like I said, I have an early appt lol!

  6. LOL Teresa! Just can't have my husband see you call me that! No, these lithium waters are in Buena Vista at the Cottonwood Inn! Love that place!

  7. I used to sleep like a baby before I had kids - but after years of the little sweethearts waking me up at the crack of dawn now I wake up at that time every day - not them though, they sleep like logs.

  8. Hey Songs, I'm honored! I love your posts! Yes, kids have a way of not only screwing up our sleeping habits, but they stop the staying up and have a good time habits as well! Take care and thanks for the post!

  9. I've never been an eight hour sleeper, not consistently and rarely ever. 4-5 hours at any stretch is an average for me.

    I don't always have the luxury of a nap. I like them, but that elude me. I get to a point sometimes where it becomes imperative that I take one.

    I don't get enough sleep, never have, probably never will. Caffeine actually helps. I can sleep after drinking coffee or pop. Also, put me in a car as a passenger and that puts me right out. Massage also helps some.

    I'd like to check out the springs sometime. That sounds very relaxing.


  10. Wow Robin, how do you do it...4-5 hours and that's it?! I would be dead on my feet! Sounds like you need to go to Cottonwood and learn to relax! You would be like butter after a weekend there! We would have to pour you into the car and drive you home lol! Thanks for the comment and see you next week!

  11. I've been blessed with the ability to sleep undisturbed for more than 8 hours. When I was a child, the house 2 doors down burned to the foundation, fire trucks came, lots of commotion, but I heard nothing during the night.

    I've had trouble settling down before midnight. I learned that drinking caffiene after 2:00 p.m. can really wreck your sleep. Just a suggestion--as an experiment,give up caffiene for a couple of weeks. See how you feel and how you sleep.

  12. I can sleep. When I have the time to do so, yes ill sleep 8 hours. However at times I will have a hard time falling asleep. Typically I sleep well with the crazy life you know that I lead. But when I have a hard time falling asleep, a hot shower, tea or reading always helps me get knocked out. ill also listen to white noise which seems to lull me out.

  13. Yeah Janet, you are lucky! I don't drink caffiene by the way, I have a thyroid issue. In fact that is probably the reason I don't sleep well, along with fibromyalgia. Both of which desturb sleep. Plus I have managed to get myself in the habit of sleeping in shifts, which I am trying to break, but so far, no such luck! Thanks for the comment, I apreciate it!

  14. Brandie, you are lucky and also young...things can change! I used to be able to sleep for 10 hrs, but when you and your brother were younger I had to work so early that I got myself in bad habits! I hope that you always have a good nights sleep! Love you!