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#AtoZChallenge Z is for Zzzzs.

April 30, 2018

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is an annual challenge put out to bloggers to publish a post from A-Z every day in April, except for Sundays. April 1 is A, and so on throughout the month. The theme I have chosen for 2018 is The Story Of Me


Z is for Zzzs. Or lack of them! For years I haven’t slept very well and I still don’t sleep well. Occasionally, I have just an odd night where I get 5 or 6 hours sleep, but usually it’s much much less. I think my body has become accustomed to just a few hours, as I don’t seem to get too tired, and seem to be able to operate on just a few hours of sleep these days.

In trying to solve the mystery of my lack of sleep, I’ve done quite a bit of research on the reasons for not being able to fall asleep and have experimented with my findings. But it doesn’t matter what I try, nothing seems to solve the problem.

This sleeplessness has been going on for about two years now.  I’ve tried everything that the experts suggest but have now decided to accept that it’s just the way I am. I don’t seem to need much sleep.

These days I’m happy to read in the middle of the night. But there are times that I’m so tired that I can’t read. But I still can’t fall asleep. You would expect that reading would make me tired after a while. But it doesn’t seem make any difference at all. I’m also an early riser. I prefer to be in the gym early, before the day gets started. Thankfully, the lack of sleep doesn’t seem to stop me from having an early start.

Other than medical conditions, the main causes for lack of sleep or insomnia are:
Concern about responsibilities
Being Overstimulated

The reading and research that I’ve done on the subject  have shown that there are ways to avoid insomnia.

  • Make sure the bedroom is quiet and without light
  • Try to go to bed at the same time every night to set your body clock
  • Turn off all screens and devices at least an hour before bed
  • Avoid exercise or any stimulating activity just before bedtime
  • Avoid napping during the day
  • Try not to drink liquids just before bed, causing you to wake during the night
  • Avoid alcohol just before bed time
  • Try not to have the evening meal close to bedtime
  • No caffeine in the evening

The above hints are recommendations for a good night sleep on many websites. They sound sensible. But I have to say that I have tried all of these, and they seem to make no difference at all to my sleeping pattern.

I am aware that I could go to a sleep centre for a sleep assessment, but I’m not that concerned at the moment. Just now, the lack of sleep isn’t causing any problems for me, so I’m happy to put up with it and hope that in the future the sleepless state might pass.

Do you suffer from sleeplessness? Or have you suffered from it and have found a solution? I’d love to hear how you solved the problem?


Thank you for reading my A-Z posts in the Blogging A-Z Challenge. I hope you’ve enjoyed my theme of ‘The Story of Me’. Please come back and visit again.


  1. I follow none of the above rules, so you’d imagine I’d never sleep.😱
    It’s only his snoring keeps me awake!
    I think he needs his own room, or I need more alcohol 😝

  2. I think I suffer from sleeplessness when my mind is going 19 to the dozen. If I write down on a list the things I need to do and have it planned for the next da then that helps me to settle. I am fortunate though that mostly I have no trouble sleeping.

    Congratulations for completing the A to Z. I have enjoyed your daily posts and getting to know you.

    Happy bulb planting in the month of May – you inspired me with I is for Iris to buy some bulbs and I must get out and plant them

    best wishes

    • I’m sure you’re right about the busy mind Anne. Getting thoughts out of your head is a good thing to do Anne.

  3. I’m not a great sleeper either Jen. Maybe it is because I find it hard to switch my mind off. My husband and I are often reading at all hours of the morning – at different times to each other. I do sleep better when we are at our apartment on the Gold Coast. Maybe it is the soothing sound of the waves I don’t know. You made it to the end of AtoZ well done and thanks for encouraging me to take part again. What will be do with ourselves in May???
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

  4. I sleep really well when it’s cool, dark and silent – but those three things rarely happen together, so usually something disturbs me during the night (too hot, dogs barking, husband snoring etc) I’ll also sleep better now my head is finished AtoZing for the year. Congrats on reaching the end!

    Leanne |
    Z for Zero in on your target

    • Thanks Leanne. Congrats to you too. My head has also been spinning with AtoZ info lately

      • Are you feeling rested yet Jennifer? I had my first weekday without a blog post yesterday – no linking, no commenting, just cruising around the interwebbities – what a joy!

        Thanks for linking up with us at #MLSTL and I’ve shared this on my SM xx

        • That’s great that you’re getting some time out Leanne. I’m still catching up on reading AtoZ blogs and writing posts for my other blog. A bit of time out coming soon

  5. I read myself to sleep, and which works unless the book is too good to put down. Sometimes If my mind is racing with things I should do or should have done I play a game of thinking of things through the alphabet, focusing on them and picturing them in my mind. Usually I fall asleep before I get to Z. Once I am asleep not much can wake me up til I’m ready… probably the result of sleeping through the noises of hammers and saws as our house was built up around me when I was young.

    I have enjoyed getting to know you through your posts in this challenge. Congratulations Jennifer, on Blogging A to Z.

    My A to Z Genealogy Challenges

  6. What a great way to end the A to Z Challenge with that difficult letter ‘Z’. Great job!
    (Written as I try to keep my eyes open because I stayed up far too late reading last night, so only had 5 hrs sleep. Not enough for me. But I’m the one to blame.) Maybe I’ll go partake in a few of your zzzzzz’s.
    Visiting and tweeting from #MSTL

  7. Hi Jennifer, I can honestly say that sleep has rarely been an issue for me and I hope it stays that way!! I like to get up as soon as I wake up, whatever time that is, and get moving. I’m not in the gym like you but up and about at least! Great final post for your A-Z challenge. I’ve enjoyed your month and learning more about you. Have shared this for #mlstl

  8. Hi Jennifer, I don’t have any problem with sleep, although I do sometimes read or write for an hour or two in the middle of the night. I embrace that as bonus time so it doesn’t bother me. Of course I’m retired so although I’m always up early, I don’t have the necessity of being up early and somehow that makes it all easier.
    I was doing the A-Z challenge too. I’ll have to go back and take a look at your posts. This one was interesting. I hope your insomnia lessens.

    • Thank you for you comments Karen. Like you I just accept that this is how it is, and the extra time is a bonus. I’m still checking out AtoZ blogs so will pop in and visit you.

  9. Shirley Corder permalink

    I had a couple of pretty sleepless nights this month with my mind churning over all I had to achieve, but hey! I made it. And so did you! Well done! I’d love you to select one of these posts from the complete list of Improve your Life, Improve your Mind posts and leave a comment.#atoz

  10. I have struggled with insomnia for years. I too have tried all of the recommended advice. Some of it more helpful than others. But currently, my biggest barrier to sleep in my snoring husband. Ugh. I love to sleep beside him, but his snoring is unbelievable!!

  11. I love to sleep and most of the time I get a solid eight hours a night. My husband is like you though and doesn’t need as much sleep. If he gets five or six hours he is good to go.

  12. Great read! I know many, especially the over 45 crowd, that have struggles with sleeping. Whether it’s falling asleep or staying asleep, it happens. I love your tips, especially the no caffeine. I recently read that drinking milk can aid in a restful night. I’ve tried it out the past 3 nights, of which one I had water instead, and the milk drinking won. Much better rest. Lifestyle has a huge effect too, especially if we are troubled and can’t shut off that brain. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this! I’m passing it along!

    • Thanks Bren. You have reminded me that my parents always had warm milk before bed. I had forgotten that. Might have to give it a try

  13. Kimberly permalink

    Hi, Jennifer.
    I somehow missed your posts during the challenge, but enjoyed this one. I’ll have to go back and read some of your others! I’m a terrible sleeper, too. Thanks for the tips – turning off devices is probably my downfall – I’m on the computer or phone way too much.
    Stopping by on the #AtoZ roadtrip.

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