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5/17/15 9:45 A

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Am on a streak of walking in the early evening. This has helped a bit with sleep on some days. On most days, the 2-3 a.m. wake-up persists. However, interestingly, on those days that I did sleep well, I really missed my very early start to the day. It will be a goal to overcome that psychological feeling that half the day is wasted if I don't get that early start.

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4/23/15 10:55 P

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I never sleep thru the night. any ideas of how to break the cyvle. I usually have 2 bathroom trips.

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3/29/15 7:01 P

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I used to fall asleep with the tv on. Then I would wake up of every couple of hours. I have to have noise to sleep. I set the timer for 60 minutes then when I fall asleep the tv will go off and I will sleep all night. One of these day I wll be able to go to bed and sleep.

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2/26/15 8:45 A

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Just starting today. Sleep is especially important to me because i have had a brain injury. I'm in a fog if i don't get a lot of sleep.

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2/21/15 9:39 A

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When I go to bed I fall asleep within 1/2 hour or so. But then, I'll wake up between 1:30 and 3:00 and can't get back to sleep. I get up and do something on the computer until I feel like going back to bed again but by the time I fall asleep sometime after 4:00, then I'm awakened by the alarm at 6:30. This pattern can repeat itself 5 out of 7 nights of the week.

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2/15/15 8:48 P

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Electronics till all hours seems to be a common problem. I have always considered myself a night owl. I am going to give it my best effort to be "normal".

The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.


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2/2/15 11:52 A

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i'm guilty of having electronics on to late too and not sleeping till 2 am sometimes.

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2/1/15 11:49 A

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I am just starting this challenge. My biggest problem is turning off electronics before bed. I need to cut it down to at least an hour before I retire for the night.

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2/1/15 8:37 A

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I am just starting this. I did well on the sleep quiz and I'm setting up the journal. I know what I'm supposed to be doing. It's just a matter of doing them. We shall see how this week goes. I'm excited to think that I may feel rejuvenated each morning after this.

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1/28/15 4:03 P

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I've been doing very well on my sleep here recently. I bought some new darker curtains for our bedroom, a new cozy quilt and bedding and a new pillow. The heat register is 1/3 of the way open to keep the room cooler. I set the timer to shut the tv off in two hours after I go to bed. And I've been going to bed at 9pm, because my hubby's alarm goes off at 5am. And even though I don't get up then, once I'm awake, I may doze a little, but then he comes in and kisses me good-bye at 6 and then I get up. So usually I'm asleep at 9:30, so I'm getting close to my required 8 hours which helps me function better. And going to my water classes, wears me out and makes me sleep all through the night usually. So just a few changes to comfort and time has made a big difference.



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1/1/15 9:56 A

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Well it still morning: I usually don't have problems falling asleep. Right now I trying to get back onto my sleep pattern. I stayed up working on a friends quilt for her wedding, cleaning the house for company and then had my own travel plans to content with. So I rob Peter to pay Paul to get these tasks done. So now I'm carrying some sleep debt to get back onto my sleep routine. Like all things this will pass.
Here's to gaining our ZZZZs

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12/27/14 5:37 P

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My sleep issues are usually because of bad sleep habits.....Drinking caffeine...staying up too late...too many electronics just before sleep....I am working on making changes.

Just take it one day at a time.


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12/22/14 2:07 A

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OK, I am joining this challenge today. Did well on the sleep quiz, so the problem isn't knowing about sleep, but rather putting what I know into practice. I set up a sleep diary, and will keep it starting today.
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12/9/14 2:30 P

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I do not have any trouble going to sleep I like to sleep and have nips when I need one

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12/9/14 12:41 P

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I can do this..in one month..I want to be a better sleeper...and start a positive 8hr. sleep streak..this is not impossible.. emoticon

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11/21/14 6:56 P

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I'm very excited to be participating in this challenge! It's only been a few nights, but I have started a new bedtime routine that is soothing and really helps put me in the right frame of mind.
I haven't had the need to take a nap for two days, and that really excites me! It will be interesting to review my sleep journal and see any emerging patterns.

Have a terrific Friday night!
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11/10/14 10:58 A

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I'm bad about staying up too late. If I'm anxious about something that also leads to bad sleep.

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10/29/14 5:58 P

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I was glad to see this challenge. Definitely need to improve my sleep. I average about 6-7 hours per night, then crash for 8-9 hours about once every couple of weeks.

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9/16/14 12:05 A

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I've just joined this challenge. I have a notoriety for going to bed WAY too late!! I am setting my alarm now for a pre-warning to wrap up my night's activities and then a half hour later I hear an alarm for "All Screens off". That's the first step. Your support and successes will be a big boost.

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9/14/14 2:48 P

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If you know the art of breathing you have the strength, wisdom, and courage of ten tigers.

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I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.
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9/6/14 9:09 A

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I have had trouble going to sleep my whole life, and this problem has worsened over time.
It takes me anywhere from 15 minutes on a good night to several hours on a bad night to fall asleep. In recent years I have had increasing bouts of insomnia which involve several nights in a row each week of very little sleep, lasting for weeks to months, leaving me more dysfunctional at work and anxious about sleep - a vicious cycle. Additionally, I wake up several times during the night and often feel as though I must eat something in order to fall asleep again. I have been taking a prescription sleep med for 8 years but have built a tolerance so it is no longer effective. I am in the process of tapering from this medication, which really complicates the sleep issue. I have tried many approaches to sleep hygiene, I have had some training in bed time breathing/relaxation techniques and I am considering seeing a sleep specialist. I know one of the first things they will have me do, which I have never done, is keep a sleep diary. Figured I'd get a head start and do one before I see the specialist if that's the route I go. Who knows - I might even learn something that will help me to sleep better after all these years.

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8/30/14 6:25 P

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I'm normally pretty good about getting enough sleep but over the summer when the majority of the students are off-campus and the traffic isn't as bad in the morning, I got in the (bad) habit of staying up too late to read or whatever. I do occasionally have bouts of insomnia, usually brought about by stress.

Two things I couldn't do without:

- a yoga nidra guided meditation, which I listen to before bed (it's not the same as regular yoga -- it walks you through each body part and you're supposed to relax it and envision it as too heavy to lift... 95% of the time I'm out before the meditation is over)

- ambient sound -- you could use one of those noise maker machines that's pretty cheap at the drug store -- I just download mp3s and put them on loop. One of my favorites is ocean waves, but I also like rain.

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8/11/14 4:12 P

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I just joined today on August 11th. I have always had problems with getting to sleep really late and waking up late always feeling groggy with a headache and wanting to take naps throughout the day. Which definitely makes for an unproductive, somewhat depressing day because I drag through the things I need to do every day and find myself not wanting to do anything else because I don't have the energy or motivation. I am excited for this challenge and really hope it helps.

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8/10/14 12:05 P

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I joined this challenge on 6th August, having had many years of sleep challenges. I have tried a wide range of things to address the problem, but success has been patchy. I'm open to trying again, and keeping a sleep journal has been really interesting.

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8/3/14 9:48 A

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Thank you all for your comments... I am learning from them and also being able to see that my sleep issues are not in my head since a lot of what some of you reported to experience I also experience. I must say that the consistency of my schedule is helping some and I think some of the "outside" disturbances I have no control over and have to work through adapting and changing what I can...

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8/3/14 8:06 A

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I just joined - I travel for business so always moving between time zones on top of a problem sleeper for most of my life- so room for improvement

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8/2/14 10:53 A

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I have just joined the challenge, too. What complicates my sleep is my work schedule-my work start time ranges from 5:30 am to 12:30 pm and I have 6 different start times.

It always seems impossible until it's done.

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But Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

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7/17/14 7:55 A

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I've only just joined this challenge; I hope it helps

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7/13/14 10:26 P

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I am ready to learn.

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6/19/14 9:21 P

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Ya I am going to try this and see if I can get a better sleep. I know that I sleep a few hours and then a wake and then to sleep again. what I would do to sleep all night and be awake all day with out being tired all the time. emoticon

One Day at a time, and one step at a time. With God's help I will make it to my goal.


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6/10/14 12:20 P

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Grateful Dawn,
Check out Flylady.net, there is also a FlyLady SPark Team. I don't want to add any more stress to you by adding something else, but FlyLady has some really good techniques for the home that WORK and can be used in other areas of your life as well.
Bless you. Have a great day!

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5/9/14 10:15 A

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I have been keeping my sleep journal ... I am in the bed no later than 9:30 each evening that I am not working, read until 10, lights out -- usually wake about 2:30 am but just look at the clock and fall back asleep. Get up between 7:15 and 7:45.

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5/6/14 8:13 A

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I have been keeping a sleep journal for a few days and realize I sleep less than I thought!
Last night I went to bed tired at 10pm, read awhile and slept soundly for a two hour period, then woke up for BR break, fell asleep after relaxation technique only to awake with our daughters dog whining and missing her. I got sleepy again at 5am only to have my son in laws alarm wake me. He is on another floor. After trudging upstairs to shake him awake (I could only dream of that kind of sleep!) I was wide awake. So despite being in bed for 7 hours I slept four maybe. Earplugs anyone? Euthanasia for Daisy the dog? (Just kidding)

You will get where you want to go as long as you take more steps in the right direction than the wrong one.


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5/6/14 3:40 A

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I've just started the challenge do you do sleep journal then join or the other way round ? I've obviously not done it yet was going to start it tonight but don't want to get of to a bad start :)

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4/23/14 11:14 A

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I have trouble going to sleep. The only thing that helps lately is taking over the counter sleeping pills. I do take a hot shower before bed. I usually read to get to sleep. It may be that I'm going through menopause?

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4/8/14 8:22 P

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Did fairly well the first week. Sleeping alittle better. Still irregular hours. Warm bath sure helps

Good better best never let it rest until your good is better and better is the best


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4/6/14 11:48 P

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I joined this challenge a bit premature. I went through surgery one week ago. While healing my sleep waxes and wanes. I am taking the next week to set goals for sleep while I heal. Due to seizure disorder, I have special needs when it comes to sleep so this challenges will prove beneficial. Looking forward to Week 2 - in 2 weeks!

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4/5/14 6:33 A

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I used to hit the snooze button several times after the alarm went off. Now I keep my alarm clock on the dresser about 10 feet away, so I have to get out of bed to hit the snooze button. The radio's blaring and by the time I walk across the room, I'm awake! This has helped me a lot.

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3/24/14 10:13 P

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Thanks for the advice Mojolo. I have joined several teams that I am interested in and am experiencing some overwhelm. I think that I will try to simplify my teams and add teams back in when I can fully commit to the team goals. It's hard for me to let go of teams that I like. I have the same issue with organizing my home. I have a hard time letting things go. Letting go would probably help me sleep better though. emoticon emoticon

Have a restful evening.

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3/24/14 9:49 P

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Dawn,

I left and rejoined the team today for the same reasons :) I don't know if I had to do it that way, but it works.

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3/23/14 3:29 P

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I haven't started my sleep journal yet and this really stresses me out. Can I start the four weeks over? Do I need to leave the team and come back again or just start where I am?

Thanks for your help!

Dawn

P.S. I have stopped having caffeine in the afternoon for the most part. I am still striving to get to bed on time and to get 8 hours of sleep a night. I have a hard time sleeping through the night... especially since I've been drinking 8 glasses of water a day! emoticon

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3/23/14 10:11 A

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For me it has helped a LOT to stay away from COFFEE and ALCOHOL.
No more caffeine after noon!

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3/22/14 2:20 P

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I have been using a relaxation technique and it is working for me. I lay on my back and concentrate on relaxing the different parts of my body. I stretch from my toes to my head. I also focus on my breathing and I have been falling to sleep before I reach my neck and shoulders.

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2/23/14 5:26 P

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The fan as white noise is a really good idea. I am a light sleeper & I constantly wake up to my husbands snoring...Then of course I have trouble falling back to sleep. I will have to use a small fan that will fit on my night stand, because my husband is always cold as it is...but I am definitely going to try this.
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2/20/14 3:26 P

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I added a fan as white noise to cover my husbands snoring, his pager when it goes off at night and also to keep it cooler in the bedroom.

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I have been having a lot of stress lately in my life, divorce, three of my children living with their father and not being able to see them, taking care of my mentally challenged mother, back pain, as well as with dealing with depression and and anxiety. So my sleep patterns are way off. I will be awake for days at a time with maybe two-three hours of sleep total. My doctor gave me a something to help me sleep but sometimes it's too much. I can go to bed at 10pm and wake up 6am get my son ready for school and be back to sleep by 8am and will sleep until 1 or 2pm. I know the pain medication I take will make me sleepy.

Trying to stay motivated one day at a time!


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1/5/14 1:10 P

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Hi there- I am joining this challenge because the stress in my life has been so high that I can't sleep. I was hoping that it would get better with time but it's not. It seems like since 11/13/13 I have had only one decent night's sleep per week.
I want to try the natural route before I resort to prescriptions- so here I am.
Hopefully it will help.

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12/15/13 10:09 A

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Hey everyone!

I'm almost a week in with Spark People and am still getting used to the set up of things on this site, but I liked the idea of this group and joined.

In the past, I've taken psychology courses that required me to keep a journal and to find my 'perfect' amount of sleep. Back then, it was 9 hours, but now that I'm a little older, it has decreased to 7 1/2 hours. My biggest problem is trying to fall asleep at night. I get uncomfortable, toss and turn, and periodically will wake up thirsty in the middle of the night.

My main goal in joining this group is to begin a night routine that calms me down and helps me fall asleep quicker. My second goal will be to not hit the snooze button so many times ( or change my alarm altogether) before I get out of bed.

Thanks and happy sleeping!

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12/9/13 3:19 P

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I was starting to do better my first week and and half, then my work schedule changed and mixed me up. Some days I work til 12 or 1 at night and other I get off at 5.

Starting over.

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I don't know what to do to sleep 8 hours a night. some times I do but rarely.
I go to bed at about 10 or 11, I feel tired and ready to sleep. I lei down turn off the lights. Next step try to do meditation deep breathing and for the last 3 to 4 weeks I can't stay in the moment to actually sleep. I can't stop thinking of things that pop up in my head. Then before you know it I am wide awake again, so I sit up and start reading a good book emoticon emoticon

I started a month ago , but I didn't go nowhere.
Why? I am finding everything I do tiresome and very difficult. I am trying to continue and get somewhere with my fight for a better life. My health has been going down in the last 5 years. I am 73 and recently I am experiencing quite a bit of pain with this injury of a sciatic nerve. Of course that has nothing to do with my continued to eat things are not beneficial for me. I believe depression is the cause of wanting more sweets, is my weakne


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My sleep is in 3-4 hour intervals. Frustrating is the fact that I totally represent that segment unable to sleep and unable to lose weight. I am retired the past 4 years and unable to break the getting up to go work wake up call.

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12/3/13 8:50 A

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I have trouble staying asleep. I can fall asleep pretty easily. I don't watch TV...never have...don't have a TV in my bedroom. (Ahem, It kills the romance! lol) However, since I was 16 I have been plagued with waking up after 4 hours feeling as though I slept for 8 hours. I am wide awake at that time. I have always gotten up and cleaned the house until I was sleepy again. This makes people think I have OCD but really it is just insomnia.

One thing I found that works is to be good and worn out by the time I go to bed....so time to crank of the exercise!

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12/3/13 12:01 A

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I need this group! My sleep pattern is horrible. emoticon I also stay up late watching TV - and that's when I'm most hungry.

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My difficulty is that I stay up too late most nights and every night then is a short night. I also have sleep apnea and use a CPAP which makes a difference. I am also on a pain medication that makes me groggy even in the morning. Where would I be without coffee? LOL

I recently decided to do a TV fast from Sunday evening to Friday evening as watching TV often kept me up watching what I had recorded on my PVR. Watching TV also led to night time munching.

Trying to work on preparing for bed around 10:00 PM .... doing a few stretches, etc. This week I am going to try hard to be in bed by 11:00 PM.

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