Exhausted ‘Cuz You Can’t Get To Sleep? The T-Tapp Solution for Insomnia


Do you have that problem? When you can’t get to sleep?

I do. Sometimes.

Especially when I’m coming down with something.

I had that problem the other night. I couldn’t get to sleep, tossing and turning, my mind zooming around.

Certain muscles in my body twitched and my feet wouldn’t stop tapping to some music that presumably only dogs can hear.

Because I certainly couldn’t.

I eventually got up and wrote blog posts until 3am when I was finally so exhausted, nothing could keep me up. Not even my immune system.

But when I had to get up to get the kids off to school, I’d only had about three hours sleep.

All day I dragged.

It happened again the next night but this time instead of lying there frustrated or getting up and working, I did Teresa Tapp‘s Hoedowns.

T-Tapp is my workout of choice because I can do it at home, no expense, no traveling, no fancy clothes or equipment.

There I was, in the dark, in my pajamas, wobbling all over the place.

I only did one set, took me a couple of minutes.

But when I got back into bed, the next thing I knew it was morning and I’d had a lovely night’s sleep.

I can’t explain it.

This exercise isn’t billed as curing insomnia and I don’t know how exactly it works.

I suspect it’s something to do with getting the lymphatic system moving.

It also seems counter-intuitive. I mean, exercising when you should be relaxing?

But it works.

Worked again for me last night.

Try it, you might like it.

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Mary E. Ulrich
October 9, 2010 at 4:21 am

This was great but I could hardly keep from falling over. I got a kick (get it?) out of visualizing you at the foot of your bed, in the middle of the night, doing the T-Tap while your husband was snoozing away.

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Alison Golden October 9, 2010 at 9:43 am

Oh yes, there I am in my jammies, wobbling all over the place. Your vision is just about on the money 🙂

Seriously though, the first time I did this I couldn’t lift my leg up three times and in the middle of the night, still, I’m a bit all over the place in the dark. But if you practice a little, even a rather pathetic attempt at it does the job.


Natalie Mootz December 2, 2010 at 9:17 pm

LOL with the wobbling! I did my first Hoe Down tonight and it was a riot! I did most of it except the part where you do the singles. Oh, and I started my new blog tonight… yay!
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Alison Golden December 3, 2010 at 5:18 pm


I just checked out your new blog. I’m excited for you and so looking forward to your journey. Good luck 🙂

P.S. I couldn’t lift my legs off the floor by the end of my first set of Hoe Downs. I’d never felt anything like it.


Dorothy - Bright Body Fitness
November 1, 2011 at 11:37 am

Hi Alison, love your blog!

I too find myself up late with insomnia (due to perimenopause) and will work on my blog. (-;

But Hoe Downs…now that’s a great idea! I definitely use them and recommend them for when you’ve had some sugar or caffeine too close to bedtime. But of course, they should help with hormonal insomnia as well. Duh! (Palm to forehead!)


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Alison Golden November 1, 2011 at 11:53 am

Thanks, Dorothy! I am also familiar with the blogging in the early hours phenomenon. Not so much since I balanced my hormones better but I used to get a lot done in the wee hours.

Glad this lit a light bulb for you.


November 1, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Love Hoedowns! Great for burning sugar 🙂 Well, love T-Tapp in general, will be certifying in January! 🙂
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Alison Golden November 1, 2011 at 12:02 pm

I keep meaning to do that, Tara (train as a trainer.) Good luck!


Dorothy - Bright Body Fitness
November 1, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Do it ladies….you won’t regret it!


Alison Golden November 1, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Dorothy, tell me about what you do now you’re trained? What do you do and how do you do it? – One on one, video, classes? Do you have any advice where to start?


Dorothy - Bright Body Fitness
November 1, 2011 at 12:34 pm

I did a mentorship with one of the Senior T-Tapp trainers…a must! They guide you through a weekly process for 6 weeks via phone and written materials to prepare you for Teresa’s Certification test. Teresa is generous but particular in her testing!
Once certified, I now teach Total Workout and my favorite, Basic Workout Plus. I had a studio and did group and private sessions for a couple of years. Now in HI I toned it down and mostly do private sessions with folks visiting here on vacation.
It’s just so rewarding to guide people in T-Tapp and it helps to keep me in shape!
Hey, love your scallops and potatoes video!!

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Alison Golden November 1, 2011 at 1:12 pm

That’s interesting about the mentorship. It’s been the feeling of going it alone for the training that has stopped me. In California I’m a long way from Florida and I felt too isolated. Sometimes we need to ping off someoneelse’s energy.

Love the idea of sessions while on vacation. That would be such a treat for me – a private T-Tapp session. I’d much prefer that to a massage. 🙂

November 1, 2011 at 10:33 pm

Well Alison, the certs are in January. So you’ve got 6 weeks to fit it in if you want!

Think about it!! 🙂


Alison Golden November 2, 2011 at 3:48 pm

But don’t I have to do the IFPA training first? I’ll never do it. :-/


November 2, 2011 at 10:26 pm

You need to do the PFT to be a T-Tapp Trainer, but you can complete that after you’ve certified. It just means that you’d have to wait to start teaching people until then.
I used IFPA, but there are loads of different ones you can choose from.
So, what do you think? Are you up to it?? Come and meet another Brit?! LOL!


Alison Golden November 3, 2011 at 5:26 pm

So are you flying in from Greece for the certs, Tara?


November 3, 2011 at 10:06 pm

I am yes. I’m really looking forward to it!
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Alison Golden November 3, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Wow, good for you! How do you plan on teaching when you are certified?


November 4, 2011 at 1:22 am

Classes here, maybe I’ll get the chance to do some in other parts of Europe (if we’re still in it!) and I’d like to do some online coaching programmes. Reach and help as manay people as I can! 🙂
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