Sleep . . . And How To Get Some

You really need at least eight hours.

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Sleeping is a wonderful thing. When I was young and until I got pregnant at eighteen I could not sleep. Either that or I woke up really tired. When I got pregnant right out of high school I learned I could sleep anywhere and it was the most wonderful thing. I felt I had missed out on something that was enjoyable and fulfilling.

I don’t know exactly why I could not sleep when I was younger, Oh! maybe it had to do with the constant arguing late at night, especially on the weekends, that my mom and dad did. He had a bad temper when he drank and she would come into our room and get in bed with us to keep him from hitting her. It did not keep her from hollering back at him, which woke us up.

When I was small I also suffered from constant headaches which eventually turned into migraines in my adulthood, but that’s another story.

When you are a kid you seem to bounce back quickly from most things so I assume that was why I felt okay even when I did not sleep well.

There was no sleep hygiene at my house. My parents had eight kids. I think they (mostly Mom) tried to get everyone to bed on time. I faintly remember getting to bed around 8:00 p.m. every night so I could get up for school the next day. She always made us do that and she always kept us clean. We had clean beds, clean bodies, clean pajamas, and clean rooms so maybe there was some. I remember getting spanked because I was out of bed at one point. I think I had to go to the bathroom. She didn’t care about the excuse. Spanking was her thing.

So as an adult and pregnant, I was able to sleep when I wanted to and it was bliss. Then, after the baby was born, I didn’t get much sleep but I was able to handle it better since I was more rested.

I have been pretty active all my life raising additional twins when I was forty-four. They were a handful and kept me busy. By the time my head hit the pillow I was out. So for another twenty years I slept well.

After that I never had a problem sleeping until I retired.

Tapping — “The Tapping Solution”

I don’t know if a lot of people have heard of this technique but it gets me to sleep when I can’t.

If you are like me you may not know the reason you can’t sleep. I found this to work for me. I realize there are reasons for not being able to sleep that are subtle, but this handles it and I don’t question reasons.

Sometimes the cause of a lack of being able to go to sleep is something I have done to myself. I have eaten too late, I have had some form of caffeine I was not aware of or I had sugar and peanut butter before bedtime. Boy! will that keep you awake! You can actually feel your body buzzing after that so there are reasons that you know of, but still there are reasons you DON’T know of. Tapping actually helps and you relax and off you go into dreamland.

After reading a book which I like to do before bed I still could not sleep. Reading usually relaxes me so I can fall asleep quickly but not last night. I knew I was not going to sleep soon as I had a late snack before bed. I decided that I wanted to tap because I knew it would help me. I did this very thing last night and fell asleep quickly.

When I woke up this morning I felt really good and my mind was calm. During the pandemic, I have not gotten a lot of exercise and have not been out much. This has caused my mind to feel stuck and unclean or something like that. I noticed also when I woke up I did not have that feeling of dread, loss, or depression that I have had over the passed month or so. I felt good. I wrote this article back in 2018 about my reason to look into something that would help me.


I hope this article helps someone to sleep. Tapping has always worked for me and it takes less than five minutes to do. What is better? I think nothing.

Jo Ann Harris is an author, parent, book devotee, writer, copywriter, and film fanatic. She is an autodidact who learns about everything and rows her own boat. She grew up and worked in Atlanta, Georgia and lived there sixty years. She writes articles about love, hope, personal life stories, advice and poems. She is a published author with an article in Woman’s World magazine in October, 2017.

Multiple genre writer. Writer for Crow’s Feet, Family and Children, Illumination. Honesty & integrity count. Editor for Wreader. A specialist in eclecticism.

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