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Sleepless Nights

For the last few years, I've had my share of difficulty getting a restful night's sleep. Sometimes I can't seem to fall asleep, other times I can't seem to remain asleep once I get there. Thankfully, such difficulties don't exist every single day, but seem to happen in sporadic episodes.

Currently I am experiencing another one of those episodes, although this time around the inability to go to sleep lasts until nearly four in the morning. That means, of course, that I am then sleeping much of the morning to get the six to seven hours of sleep my body requires. And because I sleep so long into the day time, I then am not able to go to sleep again until 4 A.M. or so.

The only way to put a stop to this nonsense is to set an alarm for a reasonable wake-up time. I realize I'll be groggy much of the day, but hopefully I will then be able to go to sleep at a more respectable hour and not waste daylight hours being in bed. Tomorrow is the day, so if I seem a little less than alert tomorrow, you'll know why.

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JohnRoberts wrote on August 18, 2015, 3:36 PM

For years, I have lived a life of 4 and on a lucky night, 5 hours of sleep and not taking into account waking up here and there. My sleep was destroyed years ago by noise and neighbors.

VinceSummers wrote on August 18, 2015, 3:57 PM

I pretty much experience a constant sleeping pattern though I once had horrendous difficulty sleeping (it led to a serious incident in my life). Here's what I do. Take it for what it's worth. I wear firmly pressed-into-place Mack's earplugs. I force myself (this took time) not to think of things when I lay down for sleep. I at one time used a fan, though I found it necessary to sleep (even in summer) under a sheet to avoid the touch stimulus. I sleep in absolute dark. I use an auto-PAP machine, which works wonders. I take medicine that makes me sleepy, not during the day (unless required), but at night. I watch something peaceful before bed, rather than exciting.

alexdg1 wrote on August 18, 2015, 4:12 PM

I'd avoid all electronic devices at night (even a smartphone), especially close to bedtime. Getting your room as dark as possible will reinforce the notion to your brain that it IS, after all, NIGHT-TIME. Don't turn on a lamp to read or watch TV. The light from those simply fools your brain into thinking it's daytime.

Feisty56 wrote on August 18, 2015, 5:48 PM

I can manage with four or five hours of sleep perhaps once a week at most. I would be a very cranky person if that's all the sleep I received on a daily basis. You don't feel tired or listless during the day?

JohnRoberts wrote on August 18, 2015, 5:50 PM

Yes increasingly as I get older. I get weary but not capable of naps only groggy drowsiness.

Kasman wrote on August 18, 2015, 5:57 PM

I don't really need much sleep at all. I manage just fine with 4-5 hours a night but every so often i will sleep for anything up to 10 hours!

Feisty56 wrote on August 18, 2015, 6:50 PM

I do run a fan at night, both for the breeze it produces and the white noise it makes. My room is totally dark. My problem seems to be mostly in thoughts that keep spiraling through my mind once I lie down, but appreciate your suggestions.

VinceSummers wrote on August 18, 2015, 6:52 PM

Yes, the thoughts. I had to learn that thinking at night had to go. It just plain and simple had to go. It took work, but I mastered it. I don't think, unless something approximating a murder should occur within the family.

Feisty56 wrote on August 18, 2015, 6:52 PM

You're right. I think it's important to sleep in darkness and I do. I used to read a line or two from a Zen or Tao book just before I turned out the lights. It gave my mind something peaceful to concentrate on, rather than the thoughts that usually run amok. I'm going to have to try that practice again -- starting tonight. Thanks for jogging my memory.

VinceSummers wrote on August 18, 2015, 6:53 PM

There's nothing wrong with sleeping in another room.

Feisty56 wrote on August 18, 2015, 6:56 PM

I understand that everyone's inner clock and sleeping needs are different, but I can't imagine myself being functional on as little sleep as you do. That gives you more hours per day to be productive, though. : )

Feisty56 wrote on August 18, 2015, 6:57 PM

I am definitely in the minority here with my need to sleep seven-plus hours per day for the most part. I could get a lot more done if I could manage on less sleep the way many of you do.

alexdg1 wrote on August 18, 2015, 7:18 PM

Actually, you're in good company. I usually feel (and function) better if I get 7-8 hours of sleep. I rarely get them, but I used to!

cheri wrote on August 19, 2015, 1:16 AM

Hope you can get better sleep. I have troubles sleeping during the day and I only have 5-6 hours night's sleep

BarbRad wrote on August 19, 2015, 1:39 AM

I have this same problem. I have gotten my body pretty well adjusted to sleeping about 2 AM and getting up around 9:30 most days. I have found that on days I've exercised, I sleep much faster after going to bed.

Paulie wrote on August 19, 2015, 2:57 AM

I am usually able to fall asleep by 9:00 and then get up around 6:00. I can't sleep 9 hours straight because I wake up 2-3 times during the night to go to the bathroom. But after i get back in the bed, I am able to fall asleep again. I never nap during the day.

osumbum19 wrote on August 19, 2015, 5:53 AM

I have the same problem, although right now I go to bed between 9 and 10pm and get up at 4am.

valmnz wrote on August 20, 2015, 2:51 AM

Oh yes, it's so annoying isn't it. I've just put it down to getting older and too much stimulation from the computer! It evens out in the end.

RonElFran wrote on August 20, 2015, 6:02 PM

It's not unusual for me to get to bed around 2 or 3 in the morning. That just seems to be the way my body clock is set.

Feisty56 wrote on August 20, 2015, 10:06 PM

But do you feel rested after that amount of sleep?

Feisty56 wrote on August 20, 2015, 10:08 PM

I've begun going to the gym and hoping that will help with some of my sleeplessness issues.

Feisty56 wrote on August 20, 2015, 10:11 PM

Yes, I am up at least once a night to go the bathroom, too. Fortunately, I don't have any difficulty getting back to sleep after that.

Feisty56 wrote on August 20, 2015, 10:22 PM

Does that schedule work well for you at present? Is that enough sleep that you feel rested?

Feisty56 wrote on August 20, 2015, 10:25 PM

I am reluctant to put much of anything down to age because it causes me then not to want to make an changes. I know this, though: My grandmother who lived alone and was quite capable of caring for herself even at age 100, went to bed at the same time every night, slept through the night and awoke refreshed at the same time every day. I figure if she could do it, I can aspire to it. : )

Feisty56 wrote on August 20, 2015, 10:27 PM

I am a night owl by general nature, which would work out just fine if the rest of the world wasn't on a 9 A.M. - 5 P.M. schedule. I feel out of sync.

osumbum19 wrote on August 21, 2015, 5:43 AM

Some days I feel rested but I end up sleeping at least 12 hours on the weekends. I would say it is not enough sleep but I am working 11-12 hour days so I don't really have much of a choice.

AliCanary wrote on August 21, 2015, 6:52 AM

I am dealing with this, too,it's my fault--I just want to stay up late and play, so I never keep a consistent bedtime.

Colibry21 wrote on September 10, 2015, 10:22 AM

Hopefully you are able to get over this phase, and get some good night sleep.

lexiconlover wrote on September 30, 2015, 1:50 PM

II can't be much help, I have insomnia. I don't get good, or much sleep.