Monday, October 28, 2013
I've had sleep issues my entire life. Chronic nightmares, insomnia, difficulty falling asleep...I even used to sleepwalk frequently.
I've pretty much grown out of the insomnia and sleepwalking, but problems remain. I still have wicked bad nightmares at least a couple times a month, I have difficulty falling asleep, and the sleep I do get usually isn't restful. I'm always tired when I wake up. I can't remember the last time I had a good night's sleep. I'm at my wit's end!
I've found if I go to bed even a half-hour earlier, I wake up crazy early (like 4 am instead of 6). I also am not sure how I can achieve a more restful sleep - deep sleep, no nightmares. Does anyone have any tried-and-true tips for getting a good, truly restful 8 hours? I've read a lot of articles, but it would be helpful to hear from someone who has been there and changed things.
Note: I don't have any determined sleep disorders, like sleep apnea. I have little to no caffeine on a daily basis. And while I'm going through a fairly stressful time (work changes, finishing up grad school), even when times are good, my sleep quality has been really poor. I hope to fix this once and for all!
Thanks in advance!