tap, tap, tap, zzzzzzzzzzz

zzzzzzzBy which I mean, I’m typing along nicely and the next thing I know I fallin’ asleep!

How do you combat this?

First, let me explain. I haven’t been sleeping well. Some evil winter pollen/allergen has my sinuses sloshing around my head (gross). In turn, my ears are clogged, my nose is running, and I’m tired. I only start feeling alert about an hour before I planned to go to bed.

I also can’t hear my alarm go off in the morning. (Eek!)

So, I’m frustrated. I’ve tried hot showers, ear drops, nasal spray, but it’s stubborn and refuses to give me peace.

Gripe over.

Update: Woke up this morning feeling somewhat alert and less clogged and less slushing in my head.

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  1. Tell the doctor you need something at works!
    At some point, you will sleep, if only from utter exhaustion.
    Hope you feel better soon, Holly.

    1. Doc’s usually won’t prescribe anything beyond what I’m already doing until three weeks have passed.

  2. I know what my husband would say – go to the doctor. (I’ve learned not to complain about health issues around him because that’s always his answer.)

    1. Doc’s won’t due much for allergies so soon in the game – but I have had my ears flushed once several years back when the congestion almost had my hearing gone.

  3. It’s time for sleeping pills. Ambien helped me.

    If you’re not ready for prescription, try melatonin. It takes up to a week to take effect but it helps put you back on a regular sleep cycle.

  4. Crap! That’s no good! I hope things get back to normal for you soon!

    1. Fortunately, this morning things were drier in my head. I must have slept better as I found and fixed a few typos in this post and stayed awake!

  5. Er, well, I gave up coffee to cut down my caffeine and slept much better afterward. Had headaches and was still tired during the day, though — which led me back to drinking coffee a few weeks later, and now I’m waking up in the middle of the night again. Vicious cycle. 🙁

    1. That’s stinks, but I do know from experience that caffeine does help reduce the sinus cavity and give a reprieve to allergies. I don’t overdue the coffee or coke or tea, okay, maybe sometimes I do…shhhhh.

  6. Hi, Holly,

    That sucks…. I know I have sinus problems too an they drive me CRAZY… two suggestions for relief … try using Neil med nasal rinse. You can buy it at the drugstore, Walgreens, CVS…. Use purified or distilled water. Warm it a bit first, you don’t want to freeze your sinus with cold water.

    Also at the health food store, buy FREEZE DRIED STINGING NETTLE… this will help tremendously. It is a natural herb and will help your sinus support system … also take vitamin C… at least a thousand plus milligrams a day.

    These should really help. I hope you feel better soon. Nothing worse than sinus issues when trying to focus and write.

    1. Thanks. I did just add a Vitamin C tablet to my daily intake. I haven’t heard of the stinging nettle. I have to look into that. It just sounds interesting.

  7. I have allergies. Try a decongestant only, without antihistimine. Works for me. I still have a little itchy/runny on bad days, but I get rid of the sloshing and I can breathe. I take it in the morning and not again during the day unless I start clogging up.

  8. Winter allergies? Oh, no! Feel better!! And get some zzzzzs

  9. I’m having the same problem, but that’s because my daughter is sick and wakes me up with her coughing. I’ve been up since 3 am. 🙁

  10. I recommend power naps. Sometimes you just shouldn’t fight it because your body is saying it needs sleep. Try grabbing 30mins.

  11. Sounds like me. And I don’t fight it, I just let it happen because chances are I’ve only had like 6 hours of sleep over the last 48 hours. ._.

  12. Oh that does suck. I didn’t know there were winter allergies! Hope it goes away for you…

    Your illustration made me crack up. That’s totally me lately. Not due to allergy though, just yucky winter.

  13. UGH…I feel your pain. I have a lot of sleep issues. I can’t remember the last time I slept through the night. I blame menopause, giggle. But I blame it for everything 🙂 My husband found relief using nose strips. But it may be time to see your doctor. Hang in there. Hugs!

  14. Ugh, i have this problem. Not the allergies, i mean, the falling asleep. It always happens after i’ve eaten lunch and usually when i’m working on revisions. They just put me to sleep

  15. Clogged sinuses are the worst. Hope you feel better soon!

  16. I only know of the home treatments . . . handy tissues, nose drops, humidifier, drinking loads of liquids, homemade chicken noodle soup. Glad you’re feeling better today–if symptoms persist beyond 3 weeks, consult your dr. for sure!

    1. Thanks. You know how it will go don’t you. 2 weeks and a couple of days and it will all clear out! LOL

  17. Hope you find somehting that works, holly. Allergies can be such a bother. Zyrtec usually does the trick for me.

  18. Your situation sounds miserable. I’ve been there before. Right now I just wake up a lot and am sleepy in the day time.

  19. I’m so sorry you aren’t feeling well. Yuck. I suffer from insomnia, so I get how tired you must be. Coffee is my best friend some days. 🙂

  20. maybe it is time to take some antihistamines 🙂 They usually zombify me and make me drowsy and sleepy, but at least I don’t get waterworks under my snout 🙂

  21. Long time NO cyber see. I’m glad to be back and glad to see you.

    But. I’m sorry you’re feeling puny. Take naps. Your body needs them. Make the room dark (if it’s daytime) and sleep for an hour. I hope you feel better soon. (((hugs)))

  22. I am sorry you are feeling so crappy. Hope you get some GOOD rest soon.

  23. Slushy head is not good. Hope you feel much better soon!

  24. That’s horrid, and very similar to what I’ve been suffering with for weeks now. My doctor has decided a visit to the Ears, Nose, and Throat clinic is called for. I hope both of us feel much better soon.

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