My brain is bouncing

A couldn't get to sleep tonight....after almost 2 hours of really trying she said "GRRR. I can't turn my brain off! It feels like my brain is bouncing. Like flip, flip, flip; like that kind of bouncing. And pictures keep flashing through my head, like 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20....just like that fast, pictures keep bouncing through my head."

Poor baby she was so frustrated and tired. I wish I could help her turn her brain off. She had even tried every trick I knew and had taught her and cried "Nothing is working!" She finally fell into an exhausted sleep, almost 3 hours after trying to go to bed.


Karin said…
RE: to your last blog post - I hope the person who wrote the original comment has read your was very well put!

RE: this post - I heard lavendar is suppose to sooth. What about giving her a nice back rub with lavendar lotion? That was suggested to me, though we haven't had to try it. My big girl also has problems turning off her brain but not this extreme.
Karin said…
PS. What is the multi-level science program you guys are starting? I'm always looking for science stuff as well!! Thanks!
Joyful Learner said…
I've always had trouble shutting down my brain so I feel her pain. I still suffer from chronic sleep deprivation. Did you try massaging her head and body? I used to listen to meditation tapes where you focus on specific parts of your body and release. It helped by getting my brain to focus on something specific (physical) so it doesn't wander all over the place. But it takes practice. Another example was visualizing an orange liquid (warm) entering your body from the toes up to your head. As it moves up, you are to release any tension you might feel. You can talk her through it while she lies down on her bed with the lights out. Also, I read lots of physical exercise during the day helps. I tend to live in my head a lot so even manual labor seems to calm me cleaning and washing dishes. Painting also helps as you have to focus on something specific. As she gets older, journaling might help as well. JC needs to talk before going to bed. She will tell elaborate stories and then fall asleep. It's another way to focus and do a brain dump. Homeschooling is great because you can sleep in...especially after certain sleepless nights.

Hope she gets some rest!