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I'm Trying to Improve my Sleep Quality and Quantity #BeyondTired

“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the National Sleep Foundation. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”

It’s been many years since I’ve had a good night’s sleep. You see, my spine collapsed during an emergency surgery and repair to it failed. I have chronic pain 24/7. As 2016 approaches, I’d like to make a resolution to improve the amount of sleep I get nightly. I wake up from what little sleep I receive and can hardly move around because I’m just so exhausted all the time. In fact, I’m beyond tired. Something has to give because I can’t face the winter months (which are the worst in regards to my pain related insomnia) without rest and sleep.

I'm Trying to Improve my Sleep Quality and Quantity #BeyondTired

I started making some changes a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been walking for short periods of time throughout the day. In the beginning it was difficult to put one foot in front of the other to walk around the block. Now, I look forward to it and take my Chihuahua with me so I don’t feel like I’m alone. Walking has been helping me tire more easily, so, I’m sleeping longer periods of time despite my insomnia. I make each day feel like a good day and the positive reinforcement is actually helping. I even put a vinyl sticker on my bathroom mirror that says “Today is a Good Day.” It makes me smile. I’ve also been using scent therapy in the evening which surprisingly helps me relax. Sometimes I’ll also turn on soft music. These small changes are making a difference in regards to my level of pain so I’m able to get more sleep.

There are more changes I’d like to make in the future and one of those is to try a new mattress. Another change that I’d like to make is to get up on the nights when all I do is toss and turn. I’m taking baby steps to improve the length of time I sleep.

What do you do when you can’t sleep? Do you find yourself tossing and turning for hours like me? You are not alone and neither am I. In fact, more than 70 million people are affected by insomnia. I never realized how many others are suffering. I also learned recently that the National Sleep Foundation is dedicated to improving health and well-being through sleep education and public support. FYI, you’ll find a lot of fun and interactive activities on sleep.org.

I’ve always felt alone with my sleep problems until lately. I was introduced to beyondtired.org and have been frequenting the website fairly often of late. Beyond Tired is a great source of information to help and inspire me to get more sleep. I read about 4 insomnia sufferers on the website who are dealing with some of the same problems I am. They are normal people like you and I are and I can definitely relate to their frustration with insomnia. Some of my changes actually came from their suggestions and results. If you suffer insomnia, Beyond Tired can help you too. Take charge of your insomnia like I am.

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/sleepfoundation
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“I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the National Sleep Foundation. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.”


  1. I have suffered from insomnia most of my life. I know that we do need a new mattress, but I am definitely going to check out your links and see if there is anything else I can do. I would really like to be in charge of my insomnia!

  2. What makes me tired is thinking of waking up early for work. For some reason thinking about all of the stuff I have to accomplish in the days ahead really makes me sleepy and I can go right to bed quickly. I don’t know if that is a good or a bad thing but it helps LOL!

  3. I have an erratic sleep schedule because I am self-employed and often write at night. I never had to deal with insomnia before…maybe the opposite. lol. I have noticed over the past couple of years that certain sleeping positions I have are quite bad for my overall comfort and health. Now that I’m getting older, I will have to make changes to avoid long-term issues.

  4. Sounds like Beyond Tired was made just for you! I’m glad you found something to help. I’m sure your dog loves the extra walks though too.

  5. Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert

    I always feel tired too! That might be more because I have two kids than any other reason though!

  6. Honestly I am also in the same situation like you & it has been so many years where I had a good deep sleep. Beyond Tired is pretty new for me, but I love that they could help & inspire people to sleep well which could play a major role in a stress free life.

  7. You and me both! I am always trying to make sleep a priority but life can get so hectic and my to-do list keeps me up late into the night. These are great ideas I will have to keep in mind.

  8. I don’t have insomnia. But, I can relate to always feeling exhausted as I am very anemic.

  9. Sleep is sooo important and if you don’t get good sleep or enough it snowballs into so many aspects of your regular life. I hope your able to find answers and get better sleep. I go in spurts where I sleep really well and then a few nights where I wake up at 3am and cant sleep.

  10. I am trying to improve my sleep, as well! This is great- thank you for sharing!

  11. Bless your heart. My son in law went to one of these and got great help. A great mattress does help so fingers crossed you are able to get one too.. I do not have trouble sleeping but then I do not have a severe injury like you do. Getting a good night rest is so important and I hope you are able to get all the help needed to get the rest you need.

  12. I have several family members who have chronic pain and this is such a good resource. Going to share it with them!

  13. I had horrible insomnia while I was pregnant–it was MISERABLE! I agree that physical exercise seems to help, even if it doesn’t get rid of the insomnia completely. My mom also has horrible insomnia (it runs in our family), and I’m going to recommend this website to her.

  14. I also really struggle with getting good, consistent sleep – and getting enough sleep! I try to turn off my electronics a certain amount of time before I go to bed – otherwise my brain just can’t quiet down. I also need a new mattress really, really badly – I wake up achey. Thanks for the great tips!

  15. Thank you Liz. I’ve accepted the changes I’ve had to make in my life following the failed surgery and once I did that, I’ve been learning ways to keep my pain level under ER pain level, even though it’s right there at it. I’m going to continue to frequent #BeyondTired and sleep.org to find ideas to help me get more sleep. I think that’s my key to lowering my pain even more. I’m ready for a better quality of life change :).

  16. I’m going to try your tips and I really appreciate the time you spent to share. I’m sure they will help others as well.

  17. I’m happy to hear that you made it through your treatment already and I hope everything is returning to normal for you. Sending hugs and prayers.

  18. Thank you and I wish the same as well for your mom. More sleep makes me feel somewhat normal again.

  19. My mom has chronic pain and it really does keep you from doing anything comfortably…especially sleeping. Sleep deprivation changes so many things in our daily lives and it can create issues all throughout our lives! Good luck on your journey for a good nights sleep!

  20. Getting a good night’s sleep is imperative for me. During my cancer treatments I had major trouble sleeping and my life was literally turned upside down from the lack of sleep. Now that I’m finished with treatment I have regained some normal sense of sleeping, but not as good as I would like to. I will be checking out the resources that beyondtire.org have to offer. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Sleep is so very important. When I don’t get enough of it, I can absolutely tell. Thank you so much for the suggestions with walking several times a day and scent therapy. I’ve noticed that a warm bath really calms me down. Another thing that helps me sleep is repeating something in my mind that makes me feel comforted. I hope you’re feeling better hun! x!

  22. What an awesome resource! I have trouble sleeping due to anxiety and everything that you’ve suggested here sounds like it could work for me, too. I guess sometimes we forget that our bodies need to be tired and not just our minds. Thanks for sharing this website, I’m going to go favorite it now! 🙂 (And I sincerely hope you are feeling even better now!)

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