Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sleepytime Extra

I have a hard time getting to sleep. If I manage to get to sleep, I wake up in the middle of the night and only fall back to sleep when most people start getting up for the day.

I started taking an over the counter sleep aid.  It is the same medication as in Benadryl, so in addition to helping me sleep, I can breathe!  Win-win.

Or at least it was until I started to read stories that taking sleep aids can affect short term memory in older people.  I don't know how old you have to be to be considered old.  But I am pretty sure I am there...or at least rapidly approaching old.  I'm racing down the back side of THAT mountain.

When I don't take a sleep aid, I do take Melatonin.  I have no idea if it works, but psychologically, if I TAKE something to sleep, I figure my body might cooperate.


But it hasn't been working, so I bought some Sleepytime Tea.  Oh, not just the REGULAR Sleepytime Tea.  But the Sleepytime EXTRA Tea. And it has valerian in it.  That's good, right?


I made a cup and drank it around 8:30.   It was a nice cup of tea and I felt very relaxed. Then I got nervous that it would be insufficient, so I got up and took TWO Melatonin tablets about 10:00.


I felt sleepy and turned off the light around 11:00.

Ahhh.  This is great, I thought.


And I woke up at 4:30 and have been up ever since.

On the bright side, the night before last I woke up at 3:45, so I am heading in the right direction.

And now I'm wondering how important short term memory is, because I know sleep is important and I'm not getting enough.

So what to do you do?  And does it work ALL NIGHT??


Did the whole routine one more night.  Woke once, fell back to sleep and slept until 7:30. I'm liking this trend!


  1. Hmmm I would have left a comment, but forgot what I was going to say😧
    Joking aside because I know that sleep and the lack of it has been in many stories lately and how it can affect one's well being and mental capacities too. I average 6 hrs a night, sometimes more and sometimes less. Pat usually has an afternoon nap, but I can never take one. i have tried tea which is relaxing, but never used it as a regular sleep aid, also never used any OTC meds. It does help, however, not to be thinking of a lot when trying to get too sleep. When that happens, I sometimes just get up for awhule and do something, then return to bed.

  2. I've had so many drugs in the last two years I figure I'll have dementia in the next five. Maybe I won't know it.