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6/1/18 5:07 P

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I have just had a full check up with the doctor. Other than being diabetic, which happened just before Christmas, everything seems to be fine. I tried sleeping meds, but they start to wear off when I start having the problems. I find the meds don't help me after 4am, and I am left groggy for a while. I have always been an early riser, but I will admit, 4am is a little ridiculous. lol

I have tried chamomile tea. It used to help years ago, but it is not helping anymore. I may be stuck with this for a while until my body is able to break the habit.

Sherri from Nova Scotia


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6/1/18 2:42 P

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While there seem to be hundreds of different suggestions on how to GET to sleep for those who suffer from that version of insomnia, there seems to be very few ideas on how to STAY asleep for those who suffer from the early-waking version of insomnia!

Since you seem to have the more uncommon version, my first suggestion is to get in to see your doctor for a full physical - including blood work, and a discussion of any and all symptoms that you are experiencing (such as day-time fatigue, muscle aches or weakness, joint aches or weakness, skin or mouth rashes, vision changes, etc.). This is to help determine if there is a disease cause for the change in sleeping (it's not uncommon for early-waking to accompany the onset of fibromyalgia, or rheumatoid arthritis, or lupus, or a number of other autoimmune diseases).

A sleep assessment would definitely be helpful to find out if the waking is due to apnea, or restless legs, or any other treatable cause.

If (hopefully!) all is well medically, then the change in pattern is most likely caused by stress. There are tons of good recommendations on hot to deal with that (exercise, relaxation techniques, etc.) and ideally the cause will be short-lived and you can get back to your normal schedule.

All the best to you!

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6/1/18 6:07 A

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Here is a Spark article that may have some useful ideas for you:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_arti
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5/31/18 11:26 P

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I always drink chamomile tea, and it helps me sleep.

Janie Garcia Moreno

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5/30/18 7:14 A

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I have always had trouble staying asleep, and I have always been an early riser. My idea of sleeping in is 7:30. lol It got really bad when my stress level increased a week and a half ago. I just joined the challenge. Thank you.

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5/30/18 6:31 A

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Has anything changed in the past week about your routine- what you're doing in the hour or two before bedtime, what you're eating in the evening, your stress level etc? Many times it helps to figure out what's causing the problem so you can deal with the issue.

You might also want to check out our Better Sleep Challenge for more ideas:

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/challenge_deta
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Hope that helps,

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5/30/18 3:49 A

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I seem to have a problem with staying asleep. I go to bed around 10:30 to 11 each night, falling asleep in around half an hour. However, for the last week and a half, I have been waking up around 4 am. I use the washroom, go back to bed, and nothing. I can't fall back to sleep. This morning was quarter after 3. I am getting tired of waking up before the birds, or the sun for that matter. Does anyone have any suggestions that I can try to help me get a little more sleep? Please?

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