Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Becoming a Night Owl

It’s 4:40 am and I’m as chipper as a squirrel when it finds a new acorn to add to it’s stash. Previously, I talked to y’all about my new found sleeping habits. Well, it’s been about 3 weeks since I had a “real” nights rest, except for last night, some how I managed to fall to sleep at 12, and wake up at 1 in the afternoon, the latest I’ve ever slept in... in my life! For the past 3 weeks I have been living off of 2-4 hours of sleep, killer migraines, and my skin might be turning a tad grey (a side effect which I am convinced I have, but no one else sees it.) Last nights 13 hour record-breaking deep sleep got me excited! I knew I was back to normal, and I could presume my old sleep schedule, no problem.


I’ve always been one to fall to sleep as soon as my head hits the pillow. Never having to count sheep or daydream with my eyelids closed. Lately. this is not the case. I find myself tossing and turning until the wee hours in the morning, when I finally fall to sleep, simply out of exhaustion of trying to fall to sleep. I’ve tried everything, the sheep, the day dreaming, a warm glass of milk right before I climb into bed, lighting rose scented candles, benadryl, a soothing bath at night, reading a book... The list goes on and on. I believe these are just rumors that people say help them sleep, I can’t imagine drinking a warm glass of milk, which, by the way, seems like soiled milk to me, but I was desperate and willing to try anything.


One pro that has come out of this, is that it’s easy to do school work in the middle of the night, no noise is around to bother you, no one is walking in and out pestering you, it’s quite a relaxing state of mind. This is why I’ve turned to “I can’t sleep to save my life” time into school time. Getting that extra time to study really helps keep me ahead of my planned track. One con? I think my teachers would think I was insane if I submitted my work at 3:00 AM. Who knows... Maybe it’s common?


Anyways, I just wanted to write this quick blog update to let you all know how I’m doing, and ask if you have have any uncommon tips to falling to sleep, and staying asleep all night. (I’ve tried all the common ones!) Let me know in the comments, and I’ll blog to you guys later.


Bbyyyyeeee (insert wave here),

Blair

121 comments:

Sweet Susy said...

what i do is watch youtube videos! especially shaytards vids cuz his vids are always long..hehehe..but watching youtube vids help me get sleepy! Hope you feel better and sleep well! Thanks for making utube vids! love them! n_n

lakrisi said...

WHOO im the first to comment,
love your vlogs!! keep up girl!
big hugz from norway

JeNniiFeR DeNniiSE said...

I fell you Blair! Im the same right now! i have trouble sleeping at nights and its been weeks already! I would suggest Buying the Lavender Pillow Mist from Bath&Body works. Here is the link: http://www.bathandbodyworks.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2966728&cp=2484528.3903313

It works wonders. i just ran out of mine but trust me it amazing. you just spray it onto the pillow and once u lay your head u totally knock out =) I really recommend it. Hope this works out for you.

Jenny♥

Simply, Just Because said...

Blair, you sound like me. I'm such a night owl & can't get myself out of this bad habit. My mom told me about this vitamin called "Melotonin" that promotes sleep naturally, & to her my sisters and everyone else, its worked at giving them a good nights sleep. Its not a sleeping pill, (although thats what it is for) it just makes your body sleepy, naturally :p. You take one pill thirty minutes before bedtime. You can pick them up at walmart in the vitamin section, if you're interested. It really works! Its worth a try!

xoxo

Elizabeth said...

oh! This is simplyjustbecause01! I posted my comment from the wrong email. :[

I didn't mention this in my rant about melatonin,

but i love your videos!

XOXO

Chelsea Fridman said...

Hi Blair,

I really like all your blogs and Vlogs and tutorials and one thing that really helps me go to sleep is to listen to my favorite music before I go to bed!! Relaxing music works but I find that just by closing my eyes and listening to a song that had a lot of good memories to it helps me relax and fall asleep!! Anyway good luck on sleeping and can't wait to see more videos and posts!!!

Chelsea

LiveLaughLove6487 said...

This is totally gonna sound creeper-ish, but I put either your's or your sister's video on autoplay. Ya'll both have soothing voices, to me at least, and then I turn over so I don't watch the videos, I just listen.

elles-lovely89 said...

If you're super stressed out that's probably why you can't sleep. Or if you can't just get your mind to be quiet, which is understandable with all that goes on in your life. I would try keeping a diary that isn't electronic... Not sure if you already do, but hand writing will keep you away from technology which is always good for sleep. Also I know that if you are in bed for more than about half an hour trying to get to sleep that you should get out of bed. Lying down is a way for your body to relax and it takes pressure off your back, but if you're doing so for more than 30 minutes it probably isn't doing to much for ya. I hope this helps, it's not much. And hope you get a good night soon!

Mac said...

I totally agree, yeah it is 4:22am here in texas and I am finishing homework for my drawing class! ( http://drp.ly/TvYy ) I am in a really hard communication design program at UNT in denton, tx and have found that if I sleep in the afternoon from around 3-9 then I have a lot more time to just get schoolwork done at night. Afternoons were always not very productive for me in the past, so sleeping during that time brings maximum efficiency to my day!

Joseph176 said...

You should try midnite natural sleeping pills. They have no bad side effects, all it does is just relax you and makes it easier to fall asleep. =)

oohmagosh said...

this is my story EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT.

usually reading helps me get to sleep but lately that hasn't been helping. mum gave me a book of crosswords, wordsearches & things like that and that helped me. also, i downloaded a few podcasts of hamish and andy (don't know if you have heard of them because they are from australia... but they are funny people on the radio) and that ALWAYS puts me to sleep.


hope i helped in someway. keep up the good work :)

<3.

Joseph176 said...

You should try midnite natural sleeping pills. They have bad side effects, all they do is relax you and make it easier to sleep. =)

bMind said...

Consider it as a small tip: if you can't fall asleep, massage the soles of your feet with an ice bag contains ice cubes until you fall asleep . It might not be helpful for everyone. Instead of massaging you can just keep the ice bag attached. Caution! don't catch cold doing it. ( This tip might not be helpful for anyone suffering from insomnia).

Reference:
No Reference. It might be a pseudo science. :P

Miss Violet Bell said...

Blair! I love your videos and blog!

Try doing some relaxation, meditation or even yoga before you go to bed, and even when you wake in the middle of the night. Also make sure you don't have any caffeine before bed. If you like to have a warm drink before bed, try a herbal decaffeinated tea such as a 'sleepy time tea' OR look into a natural sleeping herb or tablet :) You probably already knew about these tips, but thought I would tell you just in case!

Miss Violet Bell.xx
I have recently started a blog, I would be so honored if you popped by it sometime :)

laura said...

I think it's funny that there are so many comments giving you sleep advice at 4 and 5 in the morning - I know it's probably time zones and circumstances mostly (I'm on my way to work, myself) but it's still funny!

You know how at the end of a yoga class they usually do a guided imagery/meditation and everyone falls asleep even though you're not supposed to? Well youtube is full of those! if you search guided relaxation or hypnosis meditation or any other combo of that kind of thing you'll get loads of stuff - jnspire has tons of them that are especially good because they're designed for helping you sleep. Some times it'll take 2 or 3 of them before I'm really out, but it's always worked for me.

Good luck!

spycrush said...

Is the top of your head facing north as you sleep? I read this somewhere and it really improved my insomnia. Also, you can try meditation techniques to help clear your mind and lessen the chance of have your own thinking wake you up in the middle of the night.

Kimmacious said...

When I can't fall asleep I do Sudoku. It knocks me right out, lol. Something about focusing on one thing really helps me relax.

waco said...

love your videos!! i have hard time sleeping sometimes, but i just think of fashion and making up nice clothes or just making a video in my sleep, saying what i bought... that always ALWAYS get me asleep! :)
cya

Ellen said...

Maybe you should go running or something to get psysically tired? Or do some jumping jacks or something. Maybe that'll tire you enough so you will fall asleep!

Xxxx
good luck!

Casey: said...

All I can think of is trying lavender! I have Lavender Pillow Spray from Bath and Body works that helps me fall asleep. A cold glass of water usually helps too :)

Em said...

Hey Blair,

The best way to make yourself fall asleep is to make yourself physically exhausted. Increase your exercising to more than what you would normally do and completely tire yourself out!
I used to work 12 hour days driving trucks, and I couldn't get to sleep. But I found that if I made an effort at the gym, I'd sleep fine at night :)

Good luck!

Sophie said...

My mom's worker uses this trick himself, I personally have never tried it so I don't know but I thought to tell you to see if it might help you. Put vicks vapor rub on your feet then put on a pair of socks. This is supposed to make you fall to sleep more easily.

NicoleeRaviolee said...

Hey Blair! I have the same problem.. What I've been trying lately is using my Pandora station that is set with Claude Debussy, and playing that quietly which is super relaxing, along with rainymood.com at the same time. It's nice background noise for me. :) Also, I have some supplements that I take an hour or so before I want to fall asleep (sometimes earlier if I know it's going to be one of those really tough nights), and they work wonderfully! They are called Alteril, and they're all natural if that means anything to you. Hope you get some rest soon honey! And me too, if we're lucky.. <3

~ NicoleeRaviolee

Laura said...

Hey blair! I just thought you might want to try going to bed sooner like 8 or 9 and when you close your eye don't try to control what your thinking about, let your brain wander! anyways I had the same problem as this last year and this *really* helped me!

xoxo

Selina said...

Hey Blair,

You sound just like me when I was your age. I'm not that much older now (only about 2 years) but that pattern's changed. I used to be in IB and work 5 jobs as well as be involved in just about every single organization possible.

The reason you're not able to fall asleep is due to stress. That's what I think. You stay up late because you have so much to do. It's all keeping you alive. I don't have many tricks, but simply relax. In order for me to relax I quit ALL 5 jobs and went to Greece for 3 months. =)

I hope you're okay and glad to see you're at least being productive about it. Because as you've found out, early in the morning really is the best time to do work. And no, I don't think your professors would mind you turning in work so late. And if they mention it, you could always say you were traveling the world. ;)

Stay Beautiful,
Selina Christine

RedHeadDiarist said...

That sounds really sucky. I've always had trouble getting to sleep, my whole life. I've found the best solution for me is to got to sleep with either the TV on, or a YT playlist playing on my laptop. I make sure the TV is set to auto-sleep after about an hour (otherwise its on all night an wasting electricity!), and I set it on a volume just low enough that I'm not straining to hear. I also try to make sure its all stuff I've seen before, so I don't actually start watching it! I've found that this becomes white noise in the background, and kind of drowns out all the mess of thoughts that start rattling around my head the minute I try to go to sleep, and I can drift off quite peacefully.
If the TV wouldn't quite work for you, you could try soft music, or perhaps even a white noise machine (one of those things that plays wave sounds, or whale songs) - there might even be some iPhone apps you could use. Its what works for me anyway - hope you find something soon. I suffer from migraines as well, and they're just awful - plus hardly sleeping just bites in general. Good luck!

Mary said...

I think someone already said this, but I have been a night owl for the past 6 months and I have no idea why. I started taking Melatonin in liquid form about 3 nights ago and the stuff puts me right to sleep. I'm used to falling asleep around 6 or 7 am---no lie! And recently melatonin helps me fall asleep at 11:30 pm. I'm really excited about it bc now I'm waking up at like 7 am! Haha. Melatonin is natural and it's even good for you. It has antioxidants and is great for your immune system. I know the liquid form isn't harsh on your liver either. Give it a try! It has saved my life haha.

maccgurl said...

I totally understand where you're coming from. I'm a night owl my self and, for me its so normal to get up at 1pm! I'm homeschooled as well, so I get what you mean by your teachers thinking you're insane for submitting your work at 3:00 AM. It's okay though, they'd probably understand. :)

Silvia said...

I have a lavender lotion that i put a little dab under my nose and it calms everything in my body and i get sleepy. I also light a lavender candle. if non of those work i take one advil pm liquid pill. usually the lotion works. hope that works for you. <3 Silvia

ae.bates said...

Hey! You should check out this site: http://www.wikihow.com/Fall-Asleep. It has a million and one tips! Also, I really appreciate how you capitalized your I's in this post. Good luck!

Roseeey1234 said...

Melatonin isn't a vitamin at all, it's a type of hormone which your body naturally produces which inhibits wakefulness, therefore inducing sleepiness. It is completely safe to take as it is already naturally in your body

Devin said...

Since you go to the gym, try working out extra hard one night, more than usual--working yourself physically can sometimes force your body into rest.

Bella said...

Hay
I love your vlogs&blogs :D
I'm always learning in the middle of the night. At day I remeber so many thing to do... But in the night there are only me and the book, so I have no ideas what else to do so I study :D weird, right?

Keep doin' your vlog/blogs :)
Hay, from Slovenia :D

TheAudir8Fan said...

Hey blair, +1 on the working at night, it's what I do. Basiclly I get home from school, sleep than wake up at 1 or 2 am and do my homework then. It's so much more efficient and productive

Molly said...

ok Blair, here's what you do.

get all your pillows and sheets lined up perfectly, just the way you like them so you have no excuse to fiddle with them later on. then, sit up perfectly straight, close your eyes and picture in your mind an image of yourself. any image you can think of. then focus on imagining your picture fade away until only the outline of you is left. then imagine a giant eraser scrubbing away at your outline until you're totally gone. then, think of something REALLY wonderful (I like to image myself inside Sephora with a fully stocked wallet and a list to go by) and slowly slide backwards while focusing on your "wonderful thing" until you're lying down. now DON'T MOVE (this is crucial) and keep focusing on your fantasy. once you've yawned 3 times, you're in the home stretch.

it's always worked for me.

love you, B! -Molly

Nicole Joy said...

have you been active enough during the day? Sometimes it's hard for me to fall asleep if I've been hanging around. I think my body thinks it's already rested enough.

jenny said...

i've always been nocturnal. there's just something about staying up all night that's fun. but i love sleeping and the longest i've ever slept was 17 hours and it wasn't even because i've been having no sleep but simply because it was school holidays. :)
<3

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Whenever I can't sleep it's usually because I have so much on my mind/stressed over how many things I have to do. When that happens I just get a little notepad that I put beside my bed and write a list of things that I will get done tomorrow. For some reason that lets my mind relax and fall right asleep.
Good luck!

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SI_Crowdsourcing said...

Exercise is by the far the best way to maintain your sleep cycle. These other types are helpful, but only mask the problem, since many of these will condition you to feel tired, but when you get to lay down, you're still wide awake.

Try doing some type of cardio, in the early afternoon. That way you will begin to feel tired by the end of the night.

The comment about Melotonin is also correct, but people are known to get addicted to it, if that is the only way they can fall asleep.

And one last weird thing, make sure the only thing you are doing in your bed is sleep(not homework , etc). That way every time you get into bed. your body knows it's time to sleep

Dan said...

haha i submit essays all the time at like 5am when they are due at 10am...who cares when you submit them as long as you're doing good work! hope you start getting more sleep! my whole college career was going to bed at 3 am, waking up at 7 and then taking naps during the day...sometimes i even stayed up the whole night and slept after my classes...oops!

Cara said...

I watch a tv show on my iPod. Sometimes I have to watch 2 or 3 but by the end I am already asleep. Also I have the volume turned down really low. I don't know why but the soft sound is soothing, and you waist energy trying to hear it.


Cara

Cassi said...

Whenever I get random insomnia bouts, I just get up and do some lab reports (I'm at uni). It's a good way to lulling me to sleep (hell-o, calculations are so boring!) and also getting some much procrastinated work done. After 30 min before finishing, I pop a Nytol tablet (natural herbal stuff to promote sleepiness, like hops) and that usually helps.



Tbh, if you can't sleep, you can't sleep. Not much point in tossing and turning. I get really fed up and frustrated, making it even harder to sleep.


Hope that helps and good luck on your school work! Try not to be so hectic and just let your body have a much needed rest! xoxo

Sarah said...

The nurse told me that hot chocolate is meant to be good for sleep, something about the chemical reaction

Xx

gossipgloss23 said...

Try cherry juice or melatonin.

Kati said...

Hey Blair, I have a very uncommon thing I do when to fall asleep. It depends on how active my day is though. But I literally go wear myself out by jogging around my neighborhood, or around my room, until Im too tired to jog anymore. Then, I go to sleep. Now, if you take showers at night, then this wont help you, because you'll be all stinky from the jog. Hope this helped! Bye!!!! :)

Alyssa said...

I used to use these natural sleeping pills until I ran out of them (I need to go buy some more!) but it's called Natural Factors Stress Relax Tranquil Sleep. They really work to relax you and help you get to sleep faster, and they don't make you super tired the next day! You should try them! :)

Leah said...

Haha sorry Blair, I have the same problems as you! I'm the biggest insomniac of life. At least you're being productive, good for you!

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Manuela Pereira said...

Don't know if anyone here already said it, but doing some exercicing in the late afternoon might help. Something that makes you tired easily :)

yumna.bhatti said...

Hey girl!! I have a hunch that maybe ur suffering from some sort of anxiety and you dont even realize it. When I was your age (a few years ago) I used to have the same sort of problem every once in awhile and I would have absolutely no idea why I couldn't sleep but after whatever was making me anxious would go away I would suddenly have my sleep back. Maybe the excitment of going to prom is in the back of your head, maybe its from school, maybe its from some project you have coming up?? Sometimes you don't realize how you feel and it comes out in weird ways (like not being able to sleep). I suggest trying to figure out if something is bothering you in the back of your head and talking it out with a friend. hope it helps :P

sugarspiceandeverythingnice said...

Hey Blair,
I am so sorry you're still having sleep issues, but turning that time into school time is very productive of you. TWO THUMBS UP!
However sleep is necessary, and as silly as it sounds, I have found that if I make sure I don't have to go to the bathroom, it helps me fall asleep. Also, I watch a movie sometimes to fall asleep too, or I sing to myself in me head. Also, I always make sure I'm somehow touching a blanket. I can't sleep without one.
I hopes this helps!
Love you!
xoxo,
meggie

Isabelle said...

When i have trouble to sleep I listen to nature music. You know the birds and water sounds with diff. instruments. Its really relaxing! My favorite CDs are Dan Gibson's Solitudes serie. But i don't know in the states but here with the satellite Tv whe have tv channels called Galaxie with music all day long each one one with different styles of music. When i have trouble to sleep i also listen to Galaxie nature.

kelseyghana said...

Hey Blair,
A good way to fall alseep is to try to name off 2 men's names for each letter of the alphabet ie: Adam, Andrew, Brent, Bob, Collin, Cale, etc. I generally find it harder with men's names but you can also try female names or try naming off 3 or 4 names for each letter. I swear its exhausting lying in bed thinking about it. Good luck! I hope it helps,
Kels

yanling82 said...

maybe Elle jinx you, she blogged about you falling asleep so easily in NYC (I think) and she has always been kind of insomniac?

& bang you caught thte bug :p

XxXCaitXxX said...

I usually do sudoku or crossword puzzles. they make me pretty sleep. I'd be careful with sleeping pills. They'll help you sleep but once you stop taking them the insomnia will be worse than before because your body adjusted to the drugs. I hear exercising a few hours before you sleep will help too.

thenotebook44 said...

I don't know if anyone has said this, or if it will work for you but it has almost always worked for me (I used to have REALLY bad insomnia). You lie flat on your back and slowly, starting with your toes, start to relax every muscle in your body. Doing it super slowly would take like 5 or 10 minutes, but the act of doing it somehow convinces your brain that it's powering down and you are usually asleep before you even get to the top of your head. :) I don't know if it will help you but it almost always works for me.

Wong said...

have you ever tried listening to a lecture or an audio book using iPod or mp3 while trying to sleep? it helps me fall asleep within 40 min for most of the time. i think this is similar to the night-time-story thing that we have when we were small.

Mac-a-noodle said...

what I do is I don't open my eyes at all, no matter how hard it is i keep my eyes closed because whenever I open them I get non tired again, also I begin trying to fall asleep around 30 minutes before my Bedtime, if you usually go to bed at 10, start trying to go to bed at 9:15 or 9:30! Hope this helped!

Gwynnie

Laura said...

Hey Blair! I have had a similar thing happen to me where I would stay up forever, and it was really frustrating. That's good that you can see the positive side of it and get some school work done. I finally rid of this by realizing that I was drinking diet coke all day and the caffeine was keeping me up! Then I stopped drinking it after about 5pm and then I could sleep again. You should consider if you're taking in a lot of caffeine or something. I never even realized it until my Mom mentioned it to me. :)

L said...

hey blair, i find if you work out, then shower, then go to bed youre exhausted so you can sleep better. also i used to take a relaxing walk before or after dinner and i think the fresh air helps me sleep alot better. make sure your room is very dark..i wish there was such a thing as a giant rocking bed for those of us who find it hard to sleep because i find that the rocking movement is soothing for some reason!!lol

CutiegirlA said...

hmm...try drinking some tea?? i saw some tea at the store the other day with a cute bear on it sleeping, so im guessing it helps you go to sleep! hehe, so yeah i say you can try going to the tea section of a store and finding some TEA :D or what i do that sometimes helps is daydream lol

Niamh said...

i just want to say i love your youtube videos, i can honestly say i have watched ever1 about 10 times, ha, i think that lavander oil helps me sleep, i used to toss and turn for hours too, i would defo try it,

xoxoxox
niamh

elfpixie said...

ugh, I feel the same blair :( I agree with the comment above. I try to work out upto an hour to an hour and a half before I try to sleep. It usually seems to work

S a R a H said...

i have always gone to bed at a good time, and i have always had to wait one or two hours to fall asleep! it doesn't bother me, i just go to bed an hour earlier than i want to fall asleep. i find it helps to think like your dreaming!

Annaleigh said...

sleeping tips!!
- listen to relaxing music
-(this is hard, but) try to get your mind completely blank, no thoughts, so you will fall asleep, and have no stressful thoughts to keep you alert
It seems really boring, but sometimes it just gets so boring, you fall asleep :) that sounds silly, but try it!
Warm milk??? ew! how would that help?! lol

Sarah said...

Hi Blair,

I have never left a comment but since sleep is so important I thought I would give you some advice! My younger brother has always had sleeping/insomnia problems and recently that turned into terrible night terrors where he was too afraid to sleep, and never slept well.

We have been giving him a combination of valerian root (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valerian_%28herb%29) Google it, it is GREAT for sleeping; and chamomile tea.

For the first time in his 16 years of life he has slept through the night without waking up and feels great. Seriously. Try this and you'll sleep like a baby :D

Eliza xxx said...

Hii Blair! I love your vids! Omg- just a few weeks ago I stopped not being able to sleep and started sleeping really easily- we must have switched places. Clearly. Haha :) Keep up the good work! xoxox

youtube.com/elizaxbeauty

Katie said...

Try Melatonin [sold in vitamin section of your grocery stores]. Go swimming. Exercise your heart out. Then, maybe you'll get back on regular schedule. Cut out all sugar after 7:00pm, too.

Glam-Me-Up said...

Stop watching the clock and thinking about trying to get to sleep. Just BREATH! Lol It really works. Like long and slow, haha.
Also, try yoga before bed :]

meg said...

I saw someone else mention melatonin, and I have to agree. I swear by it. It's all natural and isn't addictive or anything like sleeping pills. it's actually one of your body's natural hormones that regulate sleep patterns..and certain times in your life you don't make enough of it naturally so that's why they make it as a supplement to take.

You can find it in places like Whole Foods but even most small health food stores or vitamin stores would have it. My doctor told me the most effective kind is the sublingual tablets(which means the type that you put under your tongue and let dissolve). Just put it under there and keep moving it from one side to another as it dissolves for best results. For some reason I heard this makes it absorb better than leaving it in one place.

Also, like the other commenter mentioned you should take it half hour to an hour before you want to be asleep and just do "quiet" sort of activities while you are having it dissolve like reading in bed or something. No tv or bright lights as this will work against your brain getting sleepy. Hope this helps!

Morgan said...

Here's what my sister does, and it helps me too. And well her also. Anyways. Put together a "sleepy time playlist" on your ipod of calm soothing songs. ex.
John Mayer
Ingrid Michealson
Regina Specktor

To name a few.
Really hope this helps!

billy said...

Well Blair I can certainly understand You being able to accomplish more in the middle of the night when it comes to school work. Mentally I am at my best after midnight and have always been that way.

I do hope You can get on a sleep schedule that You like.

I have always gone to sleep with music playing and still do. Someone suggested using Your ipod which is a Good suggestion in my book. There are also some hynotic type mp3s that might enable You to get to sleep easier as well.

You know I wish You the Best of Luck in working it out Blair.

kiraaxchaos said...

if your mom teaches you, then your home schooled, if you do it online & text books and what not, then its CYBERschool . :]

Katie said...

Hey Blair!!!! I love reading your posts and watching your videos!!! I have been having alot of insomnia too lately :) Hey if you have the time, maybe you could check out my youtube channel? My username is themrkatie and i just recently started making videos! It would mean so much to me if you subscribed!

Thank You!!!

-Katie

fabulexis said...

make sure you dont watch tv in your bed or do other things that will make your mind accustomed to not sleeping there.

Also, dont do things that will wake you up withint 30ish minutes of sleeping, like loud music , working out, homework, or going on a bright computer... hope this helps! if not go talk to a professionalll , maybe its just a phase? :)

Lilies said...

I have troubles falling asleep,so I'd be the perfect example to tell you what to do. But the reality is I've tried everything aswell and nothing works for me. I've just kinda goten used to it.
Sometimes getting up and walking around and having a glass of water helps.
Definitely turn off everything that has lights: tv, lamps, etc. That turned my 2 hours to fall asleep into 1.
I heard Lavender is good too. That's my next try. Getting a Lavender scented candle.
Let me know if you found any "miracle" :P

Bellesme said...

sometimes when I am excited for the next day I can't sleep so I try and think about how tired I will be and force my eyelids closed and listen to very quiet, and soft music. A really good thing is lying down, if you don't lie down you can never sleep because when you lie down the human body immediately goes into "rest mode" and then sleeps. What I usually do is clear my head. Just forget everything and relax, think of a blank wall or the sky. It really helps. Also, you might want to go crazy with exercise so your body is SUPER tired and you fall asleep. If you really can't, get some sleeping pills over the counter, or from your doctor! Its not healthy, so be careful blair! <3

Larnz McQueen said...

I totally rec meditation - not just the music but also doing the whole mind relaxing thing. Sometimes it doesn't work straight away bu sure is a helluva lot faster than having thoughts racing through your head! :)

Good luck,
Larnz

Amiekay said...

A great way to fall asleep is to listen to my teacher talk about the movement of sand dunes. Makes my eyelids feel like led every time, works like a charm

KonstantineSL said...

Try a more intense workout. I'm telling you after a nice workout and a warm shower you'll be ready to hit the sack :)

Elyse said...

For my reading class we have to write once a week about our reading over all and what we like/dont like about our book etc. and its through an online forum. I too stay up late quite often and was pretty upset a few weeks ago. my teacher said it was due before friday. so i went into class on friday and he said "well it looks like some people are lying about the day they're posting their responses." i asked how, and he said "well its funny you should ask. You said yours was posted yesterday while it was really uploaded today." i guess computers cant tell that three in the morning is supposed to count as the day before.

elsa said...

hey blair(:
if you keep thinking you'll never be able to fall asleep, you won't. you need to preoccupy yourself if you can't fall asleep. reading always works for me, always. but i guess not for you. your jinxing it. it's like when you tell yourself your going to win the card game, but you jinxed it. so you'll lose. kinda like that. hope this helps (:

Artful Informant said...

Took me ages to find your blog for some reason. :) Benadryl works btw..

whitney said...

I always play a game of sodoku on my phone while laying in bed. its like my last few minutes of fun, and i think it helps me compute numbers a little better. i time myself. i can now solve them in under 10 minutes always. which is good for me :)

whitneyxfresh.blogspot.com

populargal2 said...

Something you could try, that I do, is I have a playlist on my iPod with a bunch of songs that help me fall asleep (: The ones that help the most are The Best Day by Taylor Swift, and Valentine by Kina Grannis... Good luck (: Love your vids!

Dylana Suarez said...

Just came across your blog!
It is lovely!

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samantha said...

LOVE your vlogs and blogs :)
but the fonts are kinda small..

try thinking of sth you've done that day, random things.
don't force it out, just let imagination take you away..
n POOF..you're asleep.
at least..that's what i do

Brianna said...

there is a herbal tablet called Valarian. I have had a lot of success with this. There are other things called sleepeez or any herbal mix that contains valarian designed to help you sleep. There are some that other people have mentioned that would be just as good. Just a side note though they are herbal medication so they may not work immediantly it may take you a couple of days for it to completely work. Also take it a couple of hours before you actually are wanting to sleep because herbal medication can work different on different people. Some people it will take longer to take effect then others. I really hope that makes sense I am not sure whether it does.

I love both you and your sisters videos and i LOVE glitzy-glam!!!

Bree

Because WE CARE... said...

I dont know if this is an "uncommon" way, but i like to count backwards from 1000 in my mind with my eyes closed. On days like the ones you're going through now, i fall asleep by around 600. It also helps if you picturise the numbers as you count them =) good luck =)

liveincolour03 said...

hey blair you didn't mention lavendar so ill just mention it incase. just few drops of lavendar oil on your pillow normally does it. and soemthing i had to do to get into a normal sleeping pattern for school is i had to stay up for a whole night and then my mum tok me to the shops so i couldnt fall asleep then go home when they close and have dinner and go to bed and i passed out.

Fatty said...

Count Roger Federer's Grand Slams. Works every time =)
Good post btw!

Moralize in able lionheart. said...

Turn you bedroom in to just that. Don't watch TV, don't do any other activity besides sleeping. Too many other things going on and your brain might not shut down enough for sleep.
Or try some Valerian root pills or L-Tryptophan pills. Tryptophan is what makes people sleepy after Thanksgiving dinner (or any big meal). Both pills promote relaxation and sleepiness, and they're considered "homeopathic" so they work with your body and no possibility of addiction. Good luck, and don't stress.

ilykailey said...

I hope it works for you! I've been blessed with pretty nice skin, but stick to my routine to maintain it. I use cetaphil gentle skin cleanser every morning and night, and aveeno positively radiant daily moisturizer with spf after I wash my face. :)

1 blog 2 girls said...

I love how ur bloggggiingg :D keep it up

E said...

Try reading a book, but not just any book. A really boring book. Like a really dry, uninteresting economics textbook or something. Otherwise, there are always breathing and meditation exercises to try.

Thanks. :)

Heidi said...

I do some bedtime yoga. Relaxing before going to bed never fails ;)

Deanna W said...

hey, i love your blog. i recently mentioned you and your sister on my blog. check it out: http://acaliforniadreamer.blogspot.com/

I just wanted to say that I think you and your sister are awesome and that I think you guys are very enterprising young women. You have created such a successful business with so many followers its crazy. Congrats on your creativity, talents, and success!

Oh and about the night owl issue. I've always been one. I find that I get a lot of stuff accomplished when it's dead silent in my house and neighborhood. But I know that it sucks some nights when you just can't fall asleep. I think one of the causes could be going to bed right after watching TV or being on the computer. Something about the radiation and airwaves that messes with your brain and makes it like not calm down or something. So try reading a book or magazine before bed. Hopefully that'll help!

Hope you can go on more LA visits.
Take care,

Deanna

Sadia said...

Hey Blair, I recently read an article that talks about Chinese methods of acupressure that really help you fall asleep. It def helped me, check out the link.
Btw, i know its the millionth time you've heard this, but i LOVE your videos! Keep the awesome stuff.

http://health.yahoo.com/experts/drmao/24717/sleep-solutions-from-chinese-masters/

donnaleana said...

So I know this comment is late, but doing homework or reading my textbook always makes me sleepy. If I'm wide awake I just decide to do some work and within an hour or two- bingo! I'm worn out and ready to curl up under my pink silk sheets.

Of course, you practically work all the time- so maybe this won't work out so fab for you.

Toodles

crazy-gabrielle said...

I find that turning off all electronics about a half hour before I go to bed really helps me. For some reason a computer screen is much worse than a book or something like that. I also find that exercising right before bed helps spend my energy before going to sleep. I like yoga, Tara Stiles has some amazing tutorials at her YouTube channel, tarastilesyoga. I like to do one of her weight loss routines and the one called "morning stretch." Seems contradictory, but it's so relaxing!

Anyway, that's it. I figured I'd let you know in case I could help you, I know how annoying it is to not be able to sleep!

Oh, and I like to do another kind of weird thing. I just lay there, on my back, with my eyes closed. Then I concentrate completely on clenching the legs in my calves, and then I relax them and keep my calves completely relaxed. I do this with my thighs, booty, stomach, fists, arms, shoulders/neck, and face. I know it seems weird, but it works! And don't think about ANYthing else while you're doing it.

Natalee said...

Hi Blair!
I have a huge problem on school nights, because i'll be so tired during the day and then i'll lay in bed and end up watching T.V. or listening to music until 11:30! I've always been like this and I've never been able to change lol

jennifer said...

I watch your youtube videos and follow you on twitter and i have resently stummbled across your blog. anyways I've heard about your sleeping problems here are some tips that i think will help. im a total night owl just like you however i don't have a problem with it you do so here is what will help me fall asleep on those nights that seem impossably long and restless.
tip #1: sometimes if i just close my eyes and think about the coming day i will unoticeably transition into unconcousness.
tip #2: some videos on youtube are made to help you fall asleep you should check them out.
tip #3:don't exercise before going to bed. wind down not up.
tip#4: make sure all electronic devices are OFF!one of my major problems is im on my computer to the late hours of the night and thats ok with me when im not trying to fall asleep but when i am it really distracts me. so your computer tv everything turn it off.
those our some tips i hope will help. i love you so much blair. and i know everyone tells you that but i really do and i think people are really hard on you and i know you take so much time out of your everyday life to do everything you do for us such as making youtube videos. you are truely an inspiration to me. and i never listen to any of the rumors that go on about you because i know you would never lie to sweetest and dearest fans. Im going to stop this comment right know because i have pratically written a blog iself. love you blair. bye bye and goodluck with your sleeping problem and maybe your just really stressed out:) bye

PeaceLOveHAPPINess said...

ya know not enough sleep leads 2 dying rite?

Olivia W. said...

OMG! That's so weird that you get migraines when you don't sleep enough, that's happened to me since I was 4 yrs old! And, of course, lucky me, I'm a night owl (always have been). So I frequently get really bad ones (as in: throwing up, head throbbing, writhing in my bed, you get the picture). This is kinda pointless. Oh well! See ya! Hope sleep gets better!

Anna said...

Wooow. Your text is much smaller now. haha.

Love your channels!

xoxo

THAT'S HOT!how much? said...

http://thatshothowmuch.blogspot.com/2010/04/sleeping-beauty.html

Anonymous said...

i usually read a book, but if i STILL can't fall asleep (i have troubles with falling asleep, too), i usually think of what i did that day and what i will do the next day. Sometimes i think of what i will wear. Eventually i get so bored with myself that i start to get really sleepy and fall asleep. Also, try counting backwards for a looong time (as in 200, 199, 198, 197).
Hope this helped!! <3<3

thughes25 said...

1. melatonin pills. they are all natural and taste like mint :)

2. crush up some dried lavender and put it in a bowl on ur night stand....very calming :)

weinerdoggirl said...

oh my gosh MELATONIN you can get it at a drug store or something i have to take it because i have a sleeping disorder but it helps you fall asleep REALLY FAST so yea hope this helps you blair



<3 Kathy

Emilija said...

Well, I usually listen to some really relaxing music before sleep. Honestly, I can't fall asleep with out it...

Erin said...

I'm having the same problem! I wont get tired until about 4 AM and i wake up at like 11. if i'm lucky 12:30. i mean, 6 or 7 hours is enough sleep but still, i hate being up all night. no matter how tired i am i can't fall asleep till 4. it's awful.

Laura said...

How did you get that background??

Emma said...

Well, first of all, don't watch tv or use the computer or anything like that when you're trying to fall asleep. I read in a magazine that your brain mistakes this artificial light as sunlight, and then it makes you stay awake longer.
Also, when I can't fall asleep, I eat a carb like pretzels (they're supposed to take longer to digest or something, which helps you fall asleep), and then drink a big glass of water, of course, to keep yourself hydrated! Anyway, these tips work for me, and I hope they help you! Good luck!
**Oh, and don't listen to the people telling you to EXERCISE before you go to sleep, you're not supposed to exercise within 5 or 6 hours of going to sleep--it gets your adrenaline up! That makes it HARDER to fall asleep!

l. said...

why aren't you blogging anymore? :(

glitter said...

Read my blog, I love you and just to say please keep posting youtube videos. PS i am a very young viewer and thanks for being my role model. My blog address below

http://justaddsparkle-blog.blogspot.com


thanks sooo much, luv ya

expertblogger said...

Hi!! I am such a huge fan of yours and your sister's. I Also have a bog called www.fashiontrendshere.blogspot.com . I've worked really hard on it and would be forever grateful if you checked it out. Thanks so much!!!!!! You and your sister and so high energy and awesome!!!!!!!!! And by the way, I hav the same issue, but only when I get a sugar rush! They are so fun!!! Thanks again!

PeaceLOveHAPPINess said...

post another blog! nowwwwww

itrymakeup said...

Reading a textbook puts me straight to sleep lol.

itrymakeup.blogspot.com

Diana said...

hey.. i had insomnia for like 6 months and I know how bad it can get... i don't know if this may help or not, but there are some relaxation exercises... like, visualizing something that is pretty to you :) daydreaming while trying to fall asleep :) or maybe audiobooks will help, listening to stories with your eyes closed, it gets me asleep every time:) although sometimes it takes me more time to fall asleep.. but try to think if this sleep problem isn't because of something that's changed in your life... maybe lately was kind of hectic, or maybe something happened to you and you didn't give it too much thought... i don't want to be rude, I'm just trying to help, cause insomnia is a pain in the back :) so.... hope this is helpful... :) take care

Anonymous said...

Hey Blair! I love you videos, especially the throughout the years and the fashion ones! I think it would be awesome if you started talking about guys too though!
The sleeping thing stinks, me and my sister have always had issues, but our parents are out like lightbulbs, I usually read by a less bright light wearing out my eyes, or try to concentrate on things with out my glasses or contacts (I don't think that is bad for your eyes because mine seem to be getting better, but don't hurt your eyesight) the lavender thing works! I have a sleeping mask similar to a bean bag so it weighs down my eyes and then in between the rice or whatever is in there, is crushed up lavender, it closed my eyes because it was so drowsy-making (is that a word?) but it also helped me relax. I also have to put something over all my electronics because the light drives me nuts. I usually use like a stuffed animal or something. Also it prevents me from looking at the clock. Haha. Hope this pointless rant helped a little bit! Keep making movies! I look on both your channels and your blog every day!!! Thx Blair!

Savvy said...

Hello Blair!I have trouble falling asleep as well, but this helped me so much! Hot chocolate, almond milk, and nutmeg.It's absolutely DELICIOUSSS! Try it!Hopefully this helps you.:)
-Savanna.
P.S. You are my hero.:)

sas663 said...

I actually envy you right now. Seems that lately I'm tired .. all of the time. 24/7 no matter how much sleep I get and being a student I don't get that much.

You should try Kalms tablets, there not sleeping tablets they just de stress you so that you can fall assleep on your own I take them when I need a night when I'm not constantly up and down thinking of things I need to do.

You could always try a hops pillow. You can buy them or make them yourself. James Wong has a great recipe neal's Yeard Remedies sell them and they also sell some really great sleep products, including a sleep kit. You should give it a try its http://www.nealsyardremedies.com/sleep-kit

Sarah Louise
xo