PTA/PTO/PTG Friends, do you suffer from sleepless nights, like me?
Hello PTG friends! How are you doing today? I hope you had a restful night of sleep, unlike me. UGH! If you did, yay for you! I am seriously jealous right now. It will be a double-cup-of-steaming-black-tea day for me.
I know, no coffee?
Confession time, I am not a coffee drinker. I have truthfully never enjoyed the taste and my husband strongly dislikes coffee’s aroma (he often holds his breath in the coffee/tea aisle at the grocery store – seriously!!), so I have not joined the fan club. Can we still be friends?
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In my early years of teaching, I discovered a love and need of a nice cup of hot caffeinated tea, first thing in the morning. As the years have charged on and my life has turned from childless teacher to SAHM with three kids (three kids who have been the culprit of my chronic sleep deprivation), I have upped the ante from a mild green tea, to a large cup (or 2 or 3) of black tea. My absolute favorite tea is this one, my father-in-law actually was the one who introduced me to it. The great thing about long-term sleep deprivation (did I just say that?), is that a night of even less sleep no longer has a big impact, unless we are counting brain cells. I wish they made a tea to help with that!
While my beautiful babes are usually the face behind my lack of the sleep, last night’s issues can not be pinned on them. What was the cause of my most recent insomnia you may ask? When my Parent Teacher Group (PTG) has a lot going on, a long list of upcoming projects, I do not sleep.
Does your sleep suffer too when you are trying to juggle too much?
This is an especially busy time for my PTG. We have a lot of important events/tasks jam-packed into a very small window of time, followed by some other big projects that require a lot of advanced-planning.
I will be honest with you, I have also been working really hard on this blog. While it has been so much fun to try new things and learn all I can to create the best experience possible for all of my beloved PTG readers, time is limited. There is only so much time to do the things I want or need to accomplish each day. I think that is a subject we can all agree upon, right? Therefore, my sleep is being negatively affected. Is this a problem you are dealing with too?
It is so frustrating for me because I can’t even use the time I am awake to actually accomplish anything. We often have a child or two who ends up in our room (or bed) at some point during the night, can you relate to this? I know we are not the only ones who deal with an influx of children throughout the night. 🙂
If I get up, they wake up and it is game over. So, I lie awake in bed with ideas rolling through my head. I think, “Oh I need to do this.” and “Darn, I can’t forget to email about that.” Of course there is the, “Yes, that’s a great idea I need to talk to them about that too.” What kinds of things are you thinking about when you lie awake at night?
Whoever would have thought that being a PTG leader could cause so much sleep loss, right?
I actually knew this was a problem because my good friend, personal PTG confidant, and former PTG President used to comment to me about having sleep difficulties as she worried about some PTG aspect or another. Until the responsibility of the group was on my shoulders, I didn’t quite understand the depth of her plight. Boy do I get it now! I now suffer from PTG-related Insomnia! What about you? What is the cause of your insomnia?
Parents, Teachers, PTG friends, so many of us deal with this annoying problem of insomnia. So, what can we do about it?
Over the years, I have read a lot about sleep issues and one little trick pops up over and over. This is all so ridiculous because when I have had PTG-related insomnia before I have found that this *thing* has proven to be so effective! Okay you might be asking, “Elizabeth, if you already know something alleviates your insomnia why aren’t you doing it?” I’m shaking my head at myself too, trust me,…I’m just going to blame it on my kids. I’ll explain why later. 😉
One really simple trick that puts your mind at ease and helps you get back to sleep
WRITE IT DOWN!
Is it really that simple, write it down? Our daily lives are so busy that we push aside various jobs or items we need to attend to. So, when our lives have quieted down and we are supposed to be asleep, our endless to-do lists start popping back up. Instead of lying in bed and worrying about forgetting this or that, just write it down. Instead of thinking about the volunteers you have to try to find, or the board agenda you need to write, or the fundraiser form that needs to be submitted to the principal, just write it down!
Keep a notebook and a pen/pencil next to your bed so that you can easily jot down all of the things that continue to roll through your mind. Your mind can relax because you are aware that your list will be waiting for you as soon as you wake up. You no longer have to worry about forgetting your valuable ideas or looking foolish because an errand you needed to run was overlooked. You have it all written down.
Make a list before bed
Even better than writing what is on your mind during the middle of the night, try making a list immediately before going to bed of the things that you know require your attention the following morning, or even during the week. I hope you will find, like me, that by doing so, you are able to get to sleep easier, sleep more soundly, and fall back to sleep faster if you are awoken. Of course, I can’t make any promises and I am not a sleep disorder specialist. But, sometimes little changes can have a big impact on our lives! If you are like me and have been struggling to sleep soundly, it is worth a try, right?
This time I am not going to let me kids steal my notebook and use it for map-making. 🙂 I was wondering where that notebook went….
Today’s task – Find new notebook and label it, Mommy’s notebook, do not remove from premises.
Give this trick a try, and let me know how it has worked for you! If you have any other helpful tips, I’d love to hear from you.
Thanks so much for spending some of your valuable time with me!