I Cannot Sleep

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Long drive this morning.


I was up at 4:30 to drive from Charlotte to Columbia, South Carolina for a local news spot about Operation Beautiful and the Operation Beautiful book.  Now it’s 11:13 and I’m falling asleep at my desk.  But the interview went well!


And, luckily for me, I managed to convince the Husband to come with me.  I only realized we were both wearing pinstripe suits when we walked into the studios.  Twinning!


Breakfast #1 (you need two breakfasts when you are up at 4:30, trust me) was a peanut butter sandwich with raspberries and a half-caf Gingerbread Latte (yum).


Breakfast #2 was a breakfast bowl from Quoda with eggs, potatoes, pico de gallo, and sour cream.  Way too salty but still tasty.


So – I have a quandary.  Perhaps you can weigh in?


This “I can’t sleep when I’m anticipating something” problem started to plague me about four years ago.  Like I said – it doesn’t matter if I’m not nervous.  Sleep will be out of the question.  Last night, I went to bed at 9:30 but woke up at 12 because I had nightmares that I had died in a firey car accident.  Then I woke back up at 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00.  Help!



  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 18, 2011, 11:25 am

    Unfortunately, I’ve got no advice but it happens to me all the time because I think I’m going to miss my alarm. I’ll wake up every hour or so, bolting up out of bed to check the clock. So frustrating!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 18, 2011, 11:25 am

    Yep, I’m totally the same! Although it’s not so much falling asleep that’s the problem, it’s waking up in the night, thinking I’m going to miss my alarm, not hear it, and be late. Once I completely just forgot to check that I’d set it the night before, and I nearly missed a spin class I had to teach. Even now, I sometimes wake up in the night and check my alarm just in case.

  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness November 18, 2011, 11:27 am

    Oh my goodness! what a scary dream, you poor thing 🙁 I’m so sorry you had that dream. If it makes you feel any better, I totally have trouble sleeping the night before something big like that…and I haven’t found any solutions except to simply try and relax…I’m so sorry not to be more helpful! <3
    That is amazing for your interview though – how awesome! And even more awesome that the Husband came with you – YAY! 😀 xyx

    • CaitlinHTP November 18, 2011, 4:43 pm

      Aw thanks. Yeah I was glad he came too! That meant my dream wouldn’t come true 🙂

  • Lindsay @ runningthewindycity November 18, 2011, 11:27 am

    I am the same way. I have no trouble falling asleep but then will wake up constantly during the night to check the time and make sure I didn’t sleep through my alarm. This is totally crazy though because I can’t remember the last time I slept through an alarm!

  • Sarah November 18, 2011, 11:27 am

    I really like this technique from Oh She Glows:


    It takes all that irrational “I’m going to fail” thoughts and turns them into rational, “I am well prepared and CAN do this.” I don’t write things down exactly but going through the process makes a world of difference.

    • Sarah November 18, 2011, 11:30 am

      ps… you know what keeps me up at night? Not knowing if someone has replied to my comments on HTP. 😉

      Are you going to add that little notification soon?

      • Stephanie C November 18, 2011, 4:28 pm

        I’ve gotten an alert before?

        • CaitlinHTP November 18, 2011, 4:44 pm

          Do the notifications no longer work? Please let me know and I will talk to my web designer!

          • Sarah November 21, 2011, 7:03 pm

            As evidenced by my late response, I didn’t get a notification. I haven’t gotten any since you updated things.

  • Claire @ Live and Love to Eat November 18, 2011, 11:29 am

    Growing up, I used to have the TOUGHEST time sleeping on Christmas Eve! Glad the interview was a success!

    • Kate November 18, 2011, 1:04 pm

      OMG I was the same. I HATED trying to fall asleep on Christmas eve. I was just too darn excited! lol

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) November 18, 2011, 11:29 am

    I had nightmares so bad last night. I woke up crying. I hate when they feel real. If you find a good answer to that restful sleep let me know. I could sure use some ideas!

  • Melissa November 18, 2011, 11:30 am

    I get the same type anxiety and like the comments above, I think it’s related to being afraid of missing my alarm/oversleeping. (This happened to me once and it was an early 6:45am meeting I was supposed to be LEADING) Now I triple set my alarms… 2 different cell phone alarms (at different times and placed across the room) plus my normal alarm clock. This has helped ease some of the anxiety but it hasn’t completely made the dreams and hourly waking go away.

    • CaitlinHTP November 18, 2011, 4:44 pm

      I guess I don’t stress about not waking up on time. I don’t know what I stress about!

  • Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) November 18, 2011, 11:30 am

    Congrats on the interview! I sometimes struggle with the “no sleep before an important event” too. Not cool! I know what you mean… I am usually never nervous but that doesn’t matter! I am a religious person so I will pray that God will just ease my mind and help me rest!

  • Bethany @ More Fruit Please November 18, 2011, 11:32 am

    I’ve never had to deal with nightmares, but whenever I am anxious over something big the next morning, I get so paranoid that I’m going to oversleep that I start waking up every 30-60 minutes around 3-4 a.m. in the morning. I’ve had some success with the whole “power of intention” thing. After I climb into bed, I try visualizing myself waking up at a certain time feeling very well rested and visualizing my big event going smoothly. Surprisingly, it does help!

  • Emily G. November 18, 2011, 11:36 am

    11/17/2011-11/20/2011 from 2-5 PM, BOGO lattes!!! 🙂 I can’t wait until 2 though. I need one now!!

    • CaitlinHTP November 18, 2011, 4:45 pm


  • kathleen @ the daily crumb November 18, 2011, 11:38 am

    i get terrible sleep anxiety. my go-to is a warm cup of tea and melatonin. reading also helps.

    i have yet to try the gingerbread latte… but it sounds delish 🙂

  • Heather November 18, 2011, 11:39 am

    Oh ya! I have panic disorder and it gets especially bad at night when I’m stressed out. What really helps me are podcasts on iTunes. Relaxation by Inner Health Studio and The Meditation Podcast are my favorite relaxation podcasts. They have some awesome sleep specific ones! Ps. Your shoes are super cute 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP November 18, 2011, 4:45 pm

      Oh awesome. Thanks for these PodCast recommendations.

  • Khushboo November 18, 2011, 11:45 am

    Disturbed sleep is awful..even worse when you can’t fall back asleep! Hope tonight makes up for it!

  • Nena November 18, 2011, 11:46 am

    Could it be from overworking? My boyfriend works a whole lot and when he lays down at night sometimes he just lays there wide awake. He just has so much work stuff on his mind, so it takes him a while to wind down, and then he’s up early.

    • CaitlinHTP November 18, 2011, 4:46 pm

      Ugh that sounds miserable. I guess I don’t feel overworked anymore. I feel sorry for your BF 🙁

  • valuliana @ Ramblings of a BabyMama November 18, 2011, 11:49 am

    I am the same way, but recently, I’ve found that lying in bed on my back and doing Savasana and focusing on my breath has really helped me fall back asleep. I can do this for 15 mins, all the meanwhile trying not to let any thoughts creep back into my head, just focusing on breath. For some reason, I visualize “calmness” invading my body as I inhale and “stress” leaving my body as I exhale. Works for me! 😉

  • lauren November 18, 2011, 11:52 am

    As a kid, I never slept before holidays, field trips, or presentations, and it’s followed me into adulthood. I try to make up for it by sleeping well a few nights before something big, but that’s hard to do when you have a lot of prep to accomplish. If I have the time, I try to wind down by drinking some tea and reading a bit, but make sure you actually stop reading and try to sleep. Even if you just rest, that’s better than nothing. I think planning ahead for this is really all you can do.
    I’m not sure which is worse, this or my other nervous habit – needing a million bathroom breaks. My bladder gets nervous too. LOL.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife November 18, 2011, 11:57 am

    holy SMOKES that is a long drive. ANd such an early wake up call! Wow girl–you’re amazing!

    Maybe try unplugging for at least 1 half hour before hitting the bed. This helps me TONS!

  • Jocelyn @ Enthusiastic Runner November 18, 2011, 12:00 pm

    I always take some Melatonin (natural vitamin) before I go to bed. It KNOCKS me out! And I don’t have a weird hangover feeling in the morning from other sleep medications.

  • Amber, Blonde & Balanced November 18, 2011, 12:02 pm

    Hi Caitlin! I can totally relate to your sleep issues!! Mine started about 3 years ago while studying for the CPA exam. And I agree that it totally plagues you before an exciting event even if you’re not nervous. I couldn’t sleep the night before my BRIDAL SHOWER. How ridiculous. I somehow managed to sleep the night before my wedding though. Miracle!

    Anyways, I have found that just not focusing on this sleep problem at all seems to almost make it go away. If you’re constantly worrying about it during the day, it’s part of your conscious and unconscious thinking and always a part of your mind. If you stop thinking about it (during the day, too!) and just focus on life, I swear it does start to go away. It’s hard to do when you’re so tired, but just really try to focus on other things and I think it really does help!! 🙂

    Good luck! 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP November 18, 2011, 4:46 pm

      Haha I also slept through my pre-wedding night. I think I was too exhausted not to!

  • Samantha November 18, 2011, 12:06 pm

    Melatonin works great!

  • dana November 18, 2011, 12:06 pm

    I get this too…it’s the reason I sleep so little before big races! I wish I had advice for you. I often try drinking hot chamomile tea and breathing exercises. It works to help me fall asleep, but the issue is staying asleep!

  • mary @ what's cookin with mary November 18, 2011, 12:08 pm

    I am exactly the same way. AND, sometimes when my husband has a big event, the same thing happens?! UGH. The only thing that has helped is to do some gentle hatha yoga before bed, but even that doesn’t really work.

  • Becky November 18, 2011, 12:11 pm

    Do you know when the interview will be on tv? I actually live in Columbia and work on Garner’s Ferry road!

    • Sharon November 18, 2011, 4:30 pm

      …and, hey, I’m over on Devine Street. I’ll be watching News 19 tonight!

      • CaitlinHTP November 18, 2011, 4:47 pm


        it’s going to air sometime next week – maybe on Wednesday, they need to package it up.

  • Kelly November 18, 2011, 12:15 pm

    Silly girl! Columbia is not far from CTL at all!! I used to live in Columbia and it’s only about an hour away, if that. We frequently drive from where we live now up to Virginia, and I swear from Columbia to Charlotte just may be my favorite bit. It’s so quick – we always…ALWAYS…stop for gas in Rock Hill. Good times. And can’t help you on the sleep bit – I worry and stress inwardly – even when I don’t outwardly FEEL stressed. My husband tells me constantly I have to learn to shut off my subconscious. Hope it gets better for you!

    • CaitlinHTP November 18, 2011, 4:50 pm

      Thank you sweetie!

  • Cat @Breakfast to Bed November 18, 2011, 12:18 pm

    Every night before an audition this is me. I don’t think there’s a cure other than maybe barbiturates or a club to the head. I wouldn’t recommend either.

  • Allie November 18, 2011, 12:18 pm

    I take melatonin sometimes for situations like this. Also, when I do wake up freaking out I always make sure I regulate my breathing and pretend as though each and every part of my body weighs 5,000 lbs and is just sinking into the mattress, starting at my toes and working all the way up. It helps me relax muscles I didn’t even know were tense to begin with.

  • Wendi @ A Southern Yogi November 18, 2011, 12:21 pm

    a couple of things –

    1. I think that it’s normal and it may just be something that can’t be avoided because whether it’s good or bad, I think it’s normal to have a hard time sleeping before a big event

    2. meditation can sometimes help and when I am having anxiety or can’t sleep, I will go to iTunes and search for podcasts with sleep meditations. Those can really help. Also, since I have a daily meditation routine, it has drastically helped my sleep.

    3. there are also certain yoga poses that aid in sleep as well. And breathing techniques!!!

  • Alicia from Poise in Parma November 18, 2011, 12:27 pm

    Unfortunately, that’s how I sleep every night – I’m up practically every 60 to 90 minutes. Hoping some of your readers might have some great suggestions on this post…

    So far the best thing for me to do to get back to sleep is a simple breathing practice that people refer to as “4-7-8”: breathe in for four, hold for seven, out for eight. Repeat as needed. It works as a meditative exercise and should get your mind off things to fall back asleep. Works great during stressful moments during the day as well.

  • Army Amy* November 18, 2011, 12:32 pm

    Now that my husband is deployed, I sleep terribly! Sometimes I take melatonin. It helps me sleep, but it doesn’t make me groggy.*

    • CaitlinHTP November 18, 2011, 4:51 pm

      🙁 so sorry. you need a big warm body pillow next to you!

  • Elise November 18, 2011, 12:36 pm

    I haven’t tried one of these myself, but I hear they are a wonderful sleep tool. http://www.amazon.com/Nightwave-Sleep-Assistant-Nw-102-Original/dp/B0036FJ7AU

    • CaitlinHTP November 18, 2011, 4:51 pm

      Oh that looks awesome. I wonder if there’s a similar app.

  • Lindsey November 18, 2011, 12:43 pm

    I never sleep the day before any big event (I am a event planner) or if I have a early wake up for a meeting – I will wake up 5-6 times a night and having a big day with no sleep is no fun!
    I was recently told to simply say (to your mind) “Speak I am listening” and repeat it till your mind stops going – since that is usually the reason why you cannot sleep. I have not tried it yet but will!

  • k November 18, 2011, 12:43 pm

    i used to get this really bad. even for fun events the next day, as someone else mentioned. i don’t know how i managed to change it, but i’ve taken on a more relaxed approach to a lot of stuff. now i just kind of have a “whatever happens, happens” attitude when i’ve got something happening the next day and i have no problem sleeping. i wish i had better advice! maybe try something like EFT? or going over your day bit by bit in your head? i know some people who swear by it as a tool for getting them to sleep. you would do something like “i got out of bed, i went to the washroom, i brushed my teeth,” etc.

    • CaitlinHTP November 18, 2011, 4:52 pm

      My father in law does EFT – I should ask him about it.

  • Courtney @ The Petite AthlEAT November 18, 2011, 12:44 pm

    You two are super stylish! Love your shoes! 🙂 And … my sleep aid is always reading. I’m out like a light. Sometimes, falling asleep with the light on while reading a book, takes the pressure off of falling asleep, so it happens so much easier. 🙂

  • Laura @ She Eats Well November 18, 2011, 12:45 pm

    I have had that problem of not sleeping before a big event since I was little! Before my first swim meet, I was SO worried about not waking up in time (very early in the am) that I went to bed with my race swim suit on. My Mom came to tuck me in and was like, “what on earth…?”

    It’s hard!

  • Kate November 18, 2011, 12:47 pm

    I love the Husband’s suit/shoes combo!

    And I find that I often need two breakfasts just for baby growing! Mornings are my hungriest time.

  • Cynthia November 18, 2011, 12:48 pm

    I always have a second alarm set (cell phone), to make sure I do not sleep through my alarm. That takes one of my issues away.

    The other thing I do is think about something totally opposite of what I have coming up/am worried about. I will literally create a little story in my mind (detective story, romance novel, kid’s story, etc.) and that will actually help my brain be off somewhere else which, in turn, lets me fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night. Random, but it works for me!

  • Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers November 18, 2011, 12:51 pm

    Yay – Mrs Big-shot is on tv again 😀 I’m glad it went well.

    I too have a very hard time sleeping before big events. Luckily nightmares don’t usually go along with my poor night’s rest, but it’s still dreadful.

  • Candice @ Sailing on Paper November 18, 2011, 12:52 pm

    Congrats on a successful interview! I love your flats, btw.

    As far as going to sleep and being nervous, I just try to either read in bed and let myself relax, or do meditation/yoga to calm my nerves. Cutting out caffeine and getting up early the day before also help me sleep better that night.

  • Amber K November 18, 2011, 1:08 pm

    I totally have the same problem, and it’s even worse if the thing the next morning is going to be something really fun. I can’t sleep the night before going on vacation no matter how much I can sleep in the next day. It’s worse if I have to be up early, but I find that the excitement keeps me up all night long.

    Apparently this is a common problem, so whoever can solve it can sure make some moola!

  • Kateness November 18, 2011, 1:12 pm

    I used have this problem as well.
    My solution: iPod. Listen to something (podcast/audiobook) that you’ve actually heard before, but still find mildly (but not extremely) interesting the 2nd time around. Nothing that gets you riled up or that’s new information. Put a timer on the iPod to it turn off eventually. Listen to it carefully, to block out your ongoing thoughts. If nothing else, I will rest a little and not worry about “not sleeping” – but it usually works like a charm!

    • CaitlinHTP November 18, 2011, 4:52 pm

      Oh good advice!!

  • Kris November 18, 2011, 1:13 pm

    Unfortunately, I think the majority of people have that very normal response to a big event. At least everyone I know does. Most helpful to me is to remember that losing one night (or even a couple) nights of sleep isn’t going to kill me. Even if you can’t sleep, just try to relax.

  • Amanda November 18, 2011, 1:14 pm

    I’m the same way the night before a big presentation or event. I haven’t found a fail-proof solution, but a tough workout (strength training more than cardio) helps me get rid of a lot of that anxiety and also physically exhausts me. I also find that writing out why I’m nervous, and something positive to counter each negative thought, can be helpful. And if all else fails, ask your husband for a really awesome back massage. Very relaxing. 🙂

  • Liz @ Tip Top Shape November 18, 2011, 1:32 pm

    Eek, that dream sounds scary!! I don’t have much advice for a good night’s sleep. Maybe a routine before bed to help you calm down?

  • Molly @ RDexposed November 18, 2011, 1:34 pm

    I have no good tips but would say the gingerbread latte was a delicious decision!

  • Katie November 18, 2011, 1:47 pm

    Lavender essential oil is helping so far!

  • Amy November 18, 2011, 1:53 pm

    I’m a terrible sleeper, and I’ve struggled with insomnia for most of my life. Most of my sleep issues are related to stress/anxiety (conscious or subconscious), so the key for me is to very deliberately relax my mind. I use a lot of the strategies already mentioned: focusing consciously on my breathing, and reminding myself that it’s OKAY to sleep fitfully one night…just resting in bed is nice.

    There’s also one other thing I find really helpful, and this is going to sound deeply absurd (and probably TMI), but it’s…making out. Not like, “Let’s do this thing” making out, but very relaxed making out. When I’m in a certain frame of mind, I find something incredibly soothing about kissing. I suspect it’s because it forces me to focus completely on a very sensory experience, and it gets me totally out of my head. (My husband is also a fan, ha!) I expect some people might have trouble separating the sensual experience from the sexual (which would make it REALLY hard for me to sleep!), but as long as we’re both aware of what we’re doing, I basically pass out afterward. 🙂

  • Zulkey November 18, 2011, 1:58 pm

    My husband and I rely on Benedryl when we need to grab some zzz’s but for me, not if I have to get up super-early because there is a bit of a fuzzy feeling if you don’t get enough sleep.

  • Junga November 18, 2011, 2:09 pm

    I am the same. I have found that meditation or breathing calms me down and relaxes my mind, so that I can fall asleep or get rest, feeling refreshed in the morning.

  • HTPDad November 18, 2011, 2:13 pm

    haha – remember when your life plan included driving to Columbia four days a week for PT school? Good thing that didn’t work out!

    • CaitlinHTP November 18, 2011, 4:54 pm

      That’s what I told Kristien this morning – worst idea ever.

  • Lindsay McAlester November 18, 2011, 2:15 pm

    Pregnancy dreams are real! Mine were crazy and seemed so real. You may to google pregnancy dreams.

  • Moni'sMeals November 18, 2011, 2:24 pm

    so sorry. i do know what it is like. maybe you will pass out tonight… 🙂

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul November 18, 2011, 2:28 pm

    Hmmm perhaps, prayer, some awesome natural/classical music might help?!! Oh!! have you ever heard of Yiruma?!! Check him out, he has the most beaaautiful classical/contemporary piano music. I’m sure it’ll knock you out, lol. Hope you get some relaxing time today! <3

  • Jen November 18, 2011, 2:36 pm

    I used to have a problem sleeping due to stress and anxiety, and I tried a couple of different sleeping pills that never worked. Then my doctor suggested using Melatonin, and it works amazingly. Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone secreted from the pineal gland in our brains that tells us it’s time to sleep. Using a melatonin supplement tells your brain it’s bedtime (It’s especially useful to combat jetlag)

    I know you like all-natural things so I thought this would be a good suggestion. I don’t consider it a sleeping pill (though it mimics the effects) because there are no side effects and it’s nearly impossible to become dependent on it.

    Whatever you decide to do, good luck overcoming your sleep problem!

    • CaitlinHTP November 18, 2011, 4:54 pm

      Hmm I wonder if I can take that while pregnant. Off to research!

  • Lindsay November 18, 2011, 2:37 pm

    I started having the same issue after I got pregnant. Although it doesn’t sound like yours is related to that, you could always use it as a chance to practice relaxation for labor. Someone suggested that to me and it was a really great exercise. Just start with the top of your head and intentionally relax each muscle moving your way down your body. By the time I get close to the end, I’m usually out like a light.

  • Lissa November 18, 2011, 4:00 pm

    You passed right by our apartments on I-77 on your way into Columbia 🙂 Is the interview online anywhere? Or will it be on the news tonight??

    • CaitlinHTP November 18, 2011, 4:54 pm

      It will be online next week! It airs on Weds!

  • Allie November 18, 2011, 4:24 pm

    Hi Caitlin, I often have problems sleeping (too much on my mind!). I take homeopathic calming pill (filled with things like chamomile). It helps a lot and I am thinking you could even take something like that while you are pregnant! Might be worth a try 🙂

  • Nikky November 18, 2011, 4:32 pm

    Ah, pregnancy dreams, haha. Last night I was attacked by a lime green cobra, and the boyfriend was bitten by a Brazilian spider and it made him so dizzy he was in an awful, fatal car accident. This all took place in the parking lot of my high school job… which had apparently migrated to Brazil.

    I usually pull up my Pandora app and fall asleep with headphones in. I have a few stations that have become tailored to the music I like at bed time. I’m a HUGE daydreamer, so I’m generally making up little movies involving characters from books/video games to go along with the songs. No, I have no problem being a giant dork. Then at least I end up dreaming about good things. 🙂

  • Stephanie C November 18, 2011, 4:35 pm

    This happens to me sometimes, and if I know the event is coming up, I’ll make sure that I get a really good long sleep two days before. Otherwise, I generally use these a lot: Read a book until my eyes get tired, or play solitare on my phone until my eyes get tired (prob not the best for eyes, though!).
    Once I had a hard time sleeping because I had a headache and I chanted the Jesus Prayer (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_Prayer) and fell fast asleep.

  • Sarah November 18, 2011, 4:55 pm

    Using a mantra always works for me. I think it’s helpful I do every night, not just stressed-out nights so sleep happens relatively automatically no matter what.

  • AmandaRunsNY November 18, 2011, 5:50 pm

    When I know that I might not be able to sleep well the night before something (or before a long flight) I just stay up late two nights before, and wake up early (or at normal time) too. I also drink chamomile tea before bed, and try to have a good book on hand to read until I get tired, instead of watching television, which a doctor once told me the “flashing” lights of television and bright lights in general can mess up sleep patterns. I also set two alarms so that I don’t wake up because I’m afraid of sleeping in. This usually helps.

  • Dawn November 18, 2011, 5:57 pm

    Same thing happens to me. I set several alarms (I have 3) and double check them before I go to sleep, so then that way when I’m freaking out about oversleeping I can calmly remind myself that multiple alarms are set and there is no way I will oversleep. I also turn the clock away from the bed so I can’t see it and I won’t keep looking at the time. If I can see it I will lay there and calculate how many hours I can sleep before I have to wake up, which only stresses me out more. The last thing is if I truly can’t fall asleep, I will read a few pages of a book (no more than 15-20 mins) instead of laying there frustrated about not drifting off to sleep. It calms me and gets my mind off of what I’m worrying about.

    • Stephanie C November 18, 2011, 7:04 pm

      Yes! I had to do this recently, too. It helps so much.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 18, 2011, 6:04 pm

    I’m the exact same way! I’ve heard that meditation helps, but it’s never worked for me. 😛

    I’m glad your presentation went well though. I hope you got a chance to nap today!

  • Rachel November 18, 2011, 6:09 pm

    I’m an attorney and I have the same problem the night before any sort of contested hearing or a trial. Frequently I have trouble falling asleep, and then once I do manage to fall asleep, I just have one nightmare after another. Although I don’t always remember to do it, I handle the anxiety best when I get in some exercise the day before, stay away from caffeine, eat a light dinner and take a hot shower before bed. If I can’t sleep, I stay up and read until I pass out – better than lying in bed worrying about all the things that might go wrong!

  • Dana November 18, 2011, 7:13 pm

    No fun! I just said a prayer for you!

  • caronae November 18, 2011, 7:57 pm

    melatonin? I have insomnia and anxiety all the time, and I have found that melatonin and chamomile tea works wonders, even if it’s only psychological. 🙂

    good luck!

  • Jacqueline November 18, 2011, 8:06 pm

    I get anxiety all the time. I have to wake up all the time for clients or to teach classes and even though I am used to it (I used to wake up at like 4am when I was training too) I still get it! I don’t know why I am always anxious when I am anticipating something in the morning. I hate it so much. Sometimes it helps when I have wine or prosecco the night before, it takes the edge off and helps me not get so nervous about things. It’s worse with new clients or new classes. Maybe it would help to watch a funny show or movie before instead of drinking lol

  • viktoriap November 18, 2011, 10:50 pm

    I recently found a solution and it’s natural and non habit forming. Found at any health food store:


  • Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel November 18, 2011, 10:59 pm

    I’m kind of like you the night before a big event, but instead it just takes me FOREVER to fall asleep (think hours). Once I finally get to sleep, though, I usually stay asleep.

  • Rachel November 18, 2011, 11:07 pm

    I wake up constantly the night before something big. I’m always terrified I’ll oversleep, so I wake up every 30-45 minutes checking the clock.

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss November 19, 2011, 4:25 pm

    I get so anxious the night before big events!! Even when coming home- I’m way too excited to sleep!

  • Sophie @ threetimesf November 19, 2011, 5:37 pm

    I totally have that sleep problem too :/

    Love your shoes!

  • Kat November 21, 2011, 4:05 pm

    Re: Sleeping Problems!!

    Natural Calm http://www.naturalcalm.ca/ – Seriously try this and sleep well! Amazing to calm anxiety. The powdered kind you mix in warm water – ahh works wonders.


  • Charlie Jarboe January 10, 2012, 7:50 pm

    Great blog article.Thanks Again. Much obliged.

  • Erin January 11, 2012, 6:17 am

    One other thing you could try is a sleep machine – a white noise maker. My sister was having lots of issues sleeping last year in the months before her wedding and we both ended up getting one. It just makes white noise (similar to when your TV is on static but not annoying) and it blocks out random noises and things that you might not realize are waking you up. It really helps! I love mine and sleep with it on every night, which is especially helpful because I now live in a busy downtown on a loud street.
    This is the one I have: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000MPH0PG/ref=asc_df_B000MPH0PG1855498?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=asn&creative=395093&creativeASIN=B000MPH0PG

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