I call my babies' first weeks of life newborn-induced insomnia. That's different, of course, from when I can't fall or stay asleep on my own. But the end result is the same. I'm so tired I forget my children's names. And if I do remember what they're called, I'm totally irritated and want to forget. I turn into Mommy Dearest when I'm sleep deprived.
I'm not the only one. Women are twice as likely to get insomnia than men, according to the U.S. government. There are lots of things you can do for insomnia--relaxation therapy, using your bed only for sleep and sex (not for TV or lying awake watching milliseconds pass) and sticking to a set bedtime. When I do find myself awake, I check out the private group Up All Night Mommies where you can chat and get replies at 3, 4 and 5 a.m.
But what about something as simple as brushing your teeth? A new toothpaste--PearlyDreams--claims to fight insomnia.
PearlyDreams is made with melatonin and organic extracts of valerian, balm mint and passion flower. They promise to only the highest-quality ingredients and offer a natural solution to chronic sleeplessness.
It's a nice idea, but I'm not sure how it works unless you eat it. And I was under the impression that your'e not supposed to swallow toothpaste. At least, that's what I tell my preschoolers.
What do you think? PearlyDreams costs $19.95. Would you try it?