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post #1 of 20 Old 11-22-2011, 05:06 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Insomnia? Or....help fixing my "sleep" cycle.

So, out of the BLUE, during Thanksgiving break, I find myself falling into my old nocturnal habits. Maybe I shouldn't say "falling"...it's more like crashing.
The last week and a half of school or so most of my family was pretty sick. The last WEEK, my son was in the emergency room THREE TIMES. Yeesh. Anyway, after finals, I found myself sleeping later and later...and as of last night, up until 7 am, then sleeping the day away.

The problem with this is that school starts in a week, and my Calc class is at 8 am. No bueno.

Any ideas of HOW I can renormalize my sleep cycle??? I tried going to bed early tonight, it didn't work, obviously. The last time I tried nyquil (sick), and even benadryl (it was pretty bad) I still could not sleep. Granted, at the time I also could not breathe....but still. Any time I try to go to bed when I'm not absolutely tired my husband's snoring keeps me up. So if I can't go to sleep before him somehow, I"m just...SOL.

Ideas? School is a week away....I REALLY REALLY am going to need to be rested for an 8 am calculus course...attendance (and alertness!) is pretty much going to be mandatory with my (lack of) math skill.

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I have to work, physical hard labor, all day, then come home, warm bath, advil pm and a dark quiet room with a willing hubby as a pillow to sleep when I get like that.
I understand totally. I've been up four times tonight.
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Ooh thanks believe it or not I hadn't considered hard physical labor!!! All my hard work consists of having the mental discipline to study all the time!!! Hmmm.... Now I have to figure out how to exert myself and hope it leads to sleep
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Ooh thanks believe it or not I hadn't considered hard physical labor!!! All my hard work consists of having the mental discipline to study all the time!!! Hmmm.... Now I have to figure out how to exert myself and hope it leads to sleep
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If you aren't used to it - a long walk will do wonders.
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If you aren't used to it - a long walk will do wonders.
wishing it wasn't raining cats and dogs xD. Maybe intensive mall crawling? Idk. I'm def not powerwashing the basement, that's the other thing that comes to mind. Ick.

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I feel your pain. I go through bouts of insomnia myself. I've done it for years, mostly when stressful things are going on.

Hot bath, book, couple glasses of wine help sometimes. Massages with scented oil (chamomile/lavender) are good too when the hubby cooperates I've also been known to walk out to the barn and ride at 3 am. When it lasts for awhile (week or more) I take melatonin 2 hrs before bedtime for a few days and it helps get me back into a normal pattern.

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Part of fixing it is forcing yourself to go to bed and wake up at the same time. If you couldn't sleep, you still need to get up and going in the morning at the regular time. You will be really tired during the day, but NO napping. Go to bed early-ish, or you will become overtired, which also doesn't help.

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You will be really tired during the day, but NO napping..
ooooh, that sounds tough... =(
I did manage to regain consciousness at 10 am this morning...but I went back to sleep and hubby did not wake me up. I ended up waking up at 3:30

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Yeah, but now you are screwed up for tonight, because you slept so late.

Plan to do something in the morning that forces you to wake up.

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My tips are that if you aren't able to sleep during night, don't sleep during day. Skip one night and even it'd feel horrible, you'll finally fall asleep naturally.

If you aren't able to sleep, don't keep rolling in the bed but wake up and do something soothing. Turn the possible clock away from you so you don't count minutes and hours; "6hrs before waking up, 5hrs before waking up, 4hrs before waking up"... trying to fall asleep don't often help.

Do some physical excercise in night, not still just before going to bed. Don't do anything that makes you somehow alert or vigilant just before sleeping time. You can also try warm milk or other things like that before going bed.

Try to keep your sleeping patterns quite similar if possible.

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