1. Annah Elizabeth (@TheFiveFacets) March 11, 2014 at 1:32 am .

    Many years ago I found myself unable to turn off the brain so that I could get to sleep. I’d lie awake for hours… Sleep aids left me lifeless the next morning and were quickly abandoned. I ultimately decided to try a form of meditation I’d been introduce to during Lamaze. Every night I’d conjure images of the beach, and when my mind wandred away from that image, I’d recall it with the one word cue, “beach.” After a few short months (all things relative) I was able to turn off the worry/stress/thoughts, go to the warm beach with my feet tucked into the sand and the sun soothing my face… Sleep, sweet sleep…

    My daughter has the same problem you speak of, so I look forward to checking out the book and passing along some strategies to her! Thanks for sharing!!

  2. Patricia Mann March 13, 2014 at 6:28 pm .

    Sounds like a book I need to read myself. My sleep troubles also got much worse after having children. I have a hard time turning off my brain. What works best for me is having my phone nearby with calming music or meditations I can listen to with an earpiece as I drift off. I often wake up in the middle of the night with the earpiece still in and have to start over again. Off the check out what Sasha Stephens has to say! Thanks, Ruth. Great information about an issue many of us battle with.

  3. Ruth Mancini (@RuthMancini1) March 17, 2014 at 12:23 pm .

    That’s useful Patrica, thanks. I hadn’t actually tried listening to calming music through an earpiece so I will look into downloading some. Any suggestions for good tracks most welcome here.

  4. elainemansfield March 19, 2014 at 6:14 pm .

    This is such an important issue and a problem for many. My husband was a restless sleeper at night and great at naps. I sleep well most nights, but remember the light sleeping patterns when my kids were young, especially when they were sick. If I wake up at 4 a.m., I get out of bed, light a candle, and sit on my meditation cushions for a while focusing on deep breathing. Then I crawl back in bed and crash. It’s exhausting to live a life without enough sleep.

  5. eleanorparkersapia April 2, 2014 at 2:55 pm .

    I was a good sleeper all my life until I started writing my book! Now, I wake up (no idea why) and my first thought is my book-the characters, new dialogue I should consider, a question about whether specific palm trees were indigenous to Puerto Rico in 1901, you name it! Now, if I wake up, I write down my thoughts on a pad of paper I keep on the bedside table, and that’s it. Most times, I can get back to my good sleep. I hope you oldest is 100% now. I’m sure that contributed to your light sleeping. I get that. Thanks for visiting my blog and for your comments, Ruth! Best of luck with your book!

    1. ruthmancini April 6, 2014 at 9:51 am .

      Thanks Eleanor. I do that too! I always have a pad and a pen beside the bed. Sometimes I write without turning the light on (so as not to wake myself up too much) and just guess at where I’m writing. I get up in the morning and find I’ve written on top of something else I’d already written and then I have to decipher it!

      1. eleanor parker April 8, 2014 at 12:08 am .

        Hi Ruth, I’ve done the deciphering, too! Turn the page before you get in bed :)

  6. jan April 30, 2014 at 12:36 am .

    Nice looking website Ruth. I would agree that drugs are not the answer to sleep problems. I sleep better when the window is open and I can listen to the crickets or when it’s raining and there’s the sound of pitter patter on the roof!

    1. Ruth Mancini April 30, 2014 at 1:32 pm .

      Jan, that sound lovely! I also love hearing the rain pitter pattering on the roof. I also like sleeping with the window open, though the birds do wake me when they start to chirp as dawn approaches and I have to get up and close the window.

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