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    • Hannah Sullivan

    • December 19, 2014 in Columnists

    Melatonin or mattress? Ending the semester of sleepless nights

    Another semester under my belt and boy, do I feel accomplished, but also a little sad. This was the best semester academically I’ve ever completed. It was so demanding, I’m almost surprised at myself for how well I pulled through. It only took sacrificing my social life and putting everything else on hold to get an A.

    When I first started college, I treated it more like a game. I wished class would hurry up so I could go hang out with my friends or just not show up at all. Imagine if I actually tried like I did this time around all those semesters ago. I’d probably be done by now.

    The woes of learning life lessons.

    I’ll miss going to class every day and actually waking up before 11 a.m. On the last day of classes, I felt a pang of sadness, realizing this was the last time I’ll probably see any of my classmates again. Most said they were done and are moving on to another college. I’m so jealous. I’ll also miss having class with one of my coworkers. It was a lot of fun to have someone you know in class with you. I still get to see her at work though. I’ll also miss my professors, but I won’t be missing their group work.

    I think if it wasn’t for melatonin singlehandedly getting me through this semester, I wouldn’t have done so well. You think I’m joking. If I had an exam and was cramming the night before, I would pop a melatonin and get the best sleep I’ve gotten in weeks. Then I strolled on in and nailed that exam. A little bit of studying and a good night’s sleep, and I was good to go.

    Now I know what you’re thinking  — I’m promoting pill abuse.

    Melatonin is actually a hormone that your body already makes. It helps control your sleep cycle. Maybe your body just needs some extra help. I know mine did. I’m not sure how other people use it, but I only take one when I have something important to do the next morning, like an exam. I know I’ll stay up all night thinking about how I have to wake up otherwise. The other nights I just suffer and try my best to sleep.

    The only side effect I’ve experienced is really messed up dreams. For years, whenever the conversation would be about dreams, I’d just tell people that I don’t dream. If I do dream, I never remember it long enough when I wake. When I take a melatonin before bed, my dreams are vivid as all hell and I remember them the next day. Sometimes they’re so freaky that I’ve woken up on several occasions believing the dream was real. It’s not as scary as it is fascinating. Like… why is my brain so weird, and how or why am I dreaming this stuff up?

    I love sleep! But what was I even getting out of sleep that tricked me into loving it so much? Clearly it wasn’t the dreams or feeling rejuvenated when I woke, because I was always tired. I honestly think it was my mattress. My nana was giving away hers last week and I offered to take it. She said she never even slept on it, so it was basically brand new. Oh. My. God. The first night was pure bliss. Is that what sleeping is supposed to feel like? I’ve been missing out.

    I woke up in a puddle of drool and actually had a dream all on my own. It’s been heaven ever since. Normally, I’d have had to take a melatonin before my final exams (especially the night I stayed up until 3 a.m. when I had to get up at 7 a.m.) but with my new mattress, I slept like a baby and passed with flying colors.

    A little pat on the back for me.

    Honestly, if you aren’t having the best sleep of your life, I recommend getting a new mattress. And no, flipping your mattress over doesn’t count. I tried that with my old one. I’m not a doctor or anything, but you should just take my word on this. Now all I need are the new pillows I asked for for Christmas and I am golden.

    • I need that mattress!!! What is the brand/model number!!!

        • Hannah Sullivan

        • December 19, 2014 at 3:03 pm
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        I’m pretty sure my nana made that mattress by hand from fluffy clouds.

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