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Friday, March 08, 2013

If you have been following my blogs this week, it has been all about trying to get enough sleep. I have no trouble falling asleep. My problem is staying asleep. I wake up to go to the bathroom, and then often have a terrible time falling back to sleep. And regardless of when I go to sleep, I inevitably awake around 4:00am.

I think the most frustrating thing about trying to improve on this area of my health is that it feels like something I have no control over. Unlike tracking food or doing a workout, sleep is not something I can put on my to-do list and then make a check mark next to it when it's done. I'll keep trying. I do appreciate all the helpful suggestions from my SparkFriends. Thank you all.

Now I have to go's snowing to beat the band out there...
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    Trying is all any of us can do to achieve our goals and make changes....go can do it
    1927 days ago
    Anne, I know too well where you are coming from. I, too, wake up, several times during the night, then again around 5:00 AM. Yesterday, I just could not get back to sleep, and eventually got up, this morning I could until 6:00 AM. I wonder, if you just have too much on your mind. Keep trying.
    1927 days ago
    Trying to make yourself sleep is impossible. You can change your routines, bedding, the time you go to bed, etc. But you can't make yourself fall asleep. The reverse is true, too. When you get very tired, it gets difficult to stay awake. I've dealt with both situations, usually the last one! When the sun goes down, my body wants to sleep. I do wake up about 3 times each night, but I normally can fall right back asleep. Notice I said normally. Now that I'm not working, I don't stress so much if I can't sleep, as I know I can take a nap if I need to. I think that helps ease the stress of not sleeping. But then I don't have a chronic sleep problem, just an occasional one.
    1927 days ago
    You are in the right mindset, and doing what you can. Now, let go and see what happens.
    1927 days ago
    Sleep is weird, sometimes we can do it and sometimes, not. Sending sleepdust over to you emoticon
    1928 days ago
    I hope you will find a solution. I know taking melatonin is my key to going back to sleep when I wake up to go to the bathroom.
    1928 days ago
    :-/ sleep is an interesting thing. I hope you continue to find ways to improve on it
    1928 days ago
    Speaking of bands...I am jumping on yours this morning as I also awoke about 4am and was wide awake still at 5:00. My hand had fallen asleep, strange term since it was keeping me awake, but the rest of me said hey, let's go! Hopefully this will work it's way out for you. I didn't feel like it but I just broke a sweat doing my Zumba so I feel good about that. By 2pm though, I will be TOAST.
    1928 days ago
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