Better Sleep MonthI've shared my sleep woes with you in the past — including my efforts to sleep like a normal person. I've had trouble sleeping since I was a baby. That is no hyperbole. And I've tried every holistic and non-holistic solution I've ever heard of. I've tried light therapy, aromatherapy, sleep masks, white noise, wave sounds, warm baths, and warm milk. But nothing has worked. Nothing.

In fact, this very morning I went to bed at 4:30 am — even though I had to get up at 7:00 am.

Here's the thing. I'm still functional, but I'm not my best. I'm sluggish and unmotivated and just worn out. (Until about 9:00 am when my awake button magically comes on and makes me want to go out to party. Even though I'm staring down on my 50th birthday. Makes no sense all.

Mostly, it's frustrating to be unable to get on a normal schedule.

Given that May is Better Sleep Month, I'm ready to join the Better Sleep Council's Get on Top campaign to finally get on top of my sleep problems so I can move forward toward better heath and happiness. To start, I'm using a guide for how to get better sleep, which covers all sorts of sleep statistics, positions, and all kinds of advice.

I love the mattress we have, at least in theory. It's the perfect combination to feel mighty comfortable, but it's now — dare I say it — 17 years old. It's been refurbished by the manufacturer once and I turn the mattress occassionally and vacuum it, but I have no idea if that's too old to serve it's intended purpose. It's time I learn how to judge a matress and, if needed, how to buy a mattress.

If your waking up with aches and pains — or you just found out the matress at the Hilton gives you the best night's sleep anywhere — and need a matress, too, this Memorial Day is a perfect time. Furniture stores always hold sales over federal holidays. (My favorite, RC Willey, makes a big deal out of the day off to get you in to buy more stuff!)

While you're at it, join the Better Sleep Council's Get on Top, win $1,000 giveaway and a chance to win a $50 gift card. (Here are the official rules for the giveaway.) If you are 18 or older and living in the US, just comment on the post between May 1 and May 30. Let me know your sleeping troubles and how a new mattress would help. One of my readers will win a $50 (USD) VISA gift card!

I'll be looking at my mattress needs and will keep you posted on my progress.

Do you sleep well? What are your tricks?