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Help! Gotta sleep better!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Okay, on Sunday I set a new goal of being in bed no later than midnight. I did go to bed before midnight Sunday, and I slept pretty well. Last night I went to bed before midnight again, but I could not sleep! Several times recently I have read that if you are unable to sleep, you should get out of bed, so I did. I felt like maybe I could sleep around 3, so I went back to bed. But although I was very tired, I still could not sleep! So I got back up and was up until after 5. Finally I was able to get to sleep.

I was tired when I went to bed, so why couldn't I sleep? Main reason: another stress-filled afternoon and evening spent at the ER. When Charles is sick, my body does not cooperate very well with me. I did some bad eating and even had a fully-loaded Cherry Coke. Not a good idea!

The reason for setting a bedtime was to try and improve my sleep schedule. But maybe that is doing it backwards. Theoretically, I have more control over when I crawl out of bed than I do over when I can actually fall asleep. So I am trashing the bedtime goal and setting a wake-up goal instead. Maybe if I can get the wake-up time in place, the bedtime will follow.

So, new goal: Drag my buns out of bed no later than 9:00 each morning! I may set it earlier in the future, but for now that seems ambitious enough.

This will be much more difficult than the not-eating-at-the-computer thing. Thanks for cheering me on through that one!

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UPPITYANN 3/13/2014 11:43AM

  p.s. With the breathing technique do it all slowly of course.

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UPPITYANN 3/12/2014 9:55PM

  Here is something I learned decades ago.

Take ten deep, deep breaths Inhale-pause a second- exhale.
On the tenth breath inhale and hold it as long as you can.

If this doesn't work repeat.

One can repeat a third time but I never got past one and a half.

The air 1) relaxes your muscles and 2) sends a great burst of oxygen to the brain which somehow relaxes the mind too.

This usually works for me.

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PURPLEPEONY 2/20/2014 8:48AM

    It`s hard to rest when you have a lot on your mind. emoticon

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GSAC56 1/14/2014 10:58AM

    Be gentle with yourself. Sometimes warm milk can help and a little TLC toward yourself. My problem is that I don't want to go to bed, and when I do, I don't want to leave my bed. Then it is all about the circumstances, the stress, and turning off the mind. I am wishing you peace. Gail

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MIAJOEB 12/31/2013 7:55PM

    It may be the time of the year and less sunshine.. I have started trying to get out while the sun is out and walk. So far it has not made a difference... I often cannot sleep at night. emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 12/10/2013 7:49PM

    I think that's a great way to tackle the problem. After a few days of getting up earlier, you definitely should be able to fall asleep by midnight! Good luck...

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WALLAHALLA 12/10/2013 4:03PM

    I am so NOT a morning person. When I have to get up for work, that's one thing, but on days off I really like to sleep in. Then I can't get to sleep at night, especially if I have caffeine. It didn't used to effect me, but as I get older, it really does. Good luck with your new goal!

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HENABELLE 12/10/2013 3:29PM

    It is hard to sleep when things are going as they should (sick hubby and ER creates an active mind that won't settle down to sleep). Back your wake-up time up and you'll maybe be sleepy at night. But then again, even when I'm overtired, I still can't sleep. I find that mis-eating is my downfall for night sleep. I hope you can get a handle on this, otherwise you''ll end out exhausted. emoticon

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TENNESSEEWALKER 12/10/2013 2:58PM

    Well, dearie, you are not off the hook on the no-eating-at-the-computer deal. Hmph, hmph, hmph.

Here's my take. I was recently in an ER with a loved one, and I was the worst kind of jazzed even without caffeine. So, first off - I wouldn't give myself a whole lot of demerits for not falling asleep after an emergency. It's an emergency, all bets are taken off the table.

Second - Good for you for trying some coping techniques when you couldn't get to sleep. I have my own techniques that don't involve drugs. You'll find what works for you. Giving yourself a definite time to get up is a technique you came up with yourself, and that's a good sign.

All right, if you're still awake through all of this bloviation, I dunno what I'm gunna do with you. You're a big girl, and we're your friends. Get your buns outta bed by 9am, or, or or ... we'll make you start your streak over.

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MJEFFERSON23 12/10/2013 11:18AM

  I hear you. I've had trouble sleeping, too. These helped me; warm bath, light reading, a little herbal tea, soothing music (w/off timer), and absolutely no TV!

Best wishes, MJ

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