It’s 3 am, but instead of sleeping, you’re staring at your bedroom ceiling, eyes wide open, and your mind is racing with all the things you have to do tomorrow.
All of which feel extra daunting now because you’re watching the clock and counting the few hours of sleep you might still be able to get if you try hard enough.
So now you’re also worrying about how tired you’ll be at work that day, and how you’ll ever function on so little sleep.
Or, you’re tired in the evening so you go to bed early, ready to sleep but your brain has other ideas and keeps you up for another two hours. You toss and turn and wake your partner (who was snoring the minute their head hit the pillow, right?), but sleep just won’t come.
I hear you, sister. I lived with insomnia on and off for most of my whole life and it’s a frustrating problem to have.
Like most of us, you’ve probably been taught to bear it – like it’s just a rite of passage that women in mid-life will have terrible sleep. You blame it on your hormones, constant juggling to balance work and family life, and resign yourself to the idea that it’s just exhausting to be a woman.
But it doesn’t have to be this way!
I thought this too, for the longest time. I called myself a terrible sleeper. I told myself and anyone who would listen that “Sleep is for chumps” – people who don’t seem to mind “wasting a third of their lives unconscious.”
Insomnia, outside of a few rare medical conditions, is typically caused by habits, thoughts and behaviour that you learned over time, and therefore, can also un-lear
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