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5/2/19 3:53 A

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For me, the waking in the middle of the night can usually be traced to something like becoming too warm or having had less protein the day before or something else. Once awake, it takes almost no time for me to feel as though I need to make a trip to the bathroom and having done that, I "used to" turn on the tv when I returned to bed to drown out my mind. But, I know that is a bad habit and as others note, the light and the sound and especially if it is something compelling, it is counter productive so I have made a strong commitment to ban the remote during the night! LOL Like a baby, I need to train myself to self soothe I guess and it's starting to work.

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If I am tired enough I sleep longer before I wake up in the middle of the night. If I do not do a lot I wake up more. I also make sure I have my next days list done.

I have pleurisy, 2 types of anemia, macrocytic anemia, Iron deficiency anemia, from blood transfusions with wrong antibodies, causes blood to replace daily instead of 100 days, chronic pneumonia, pleurisy, chronic kidney disease, a partially collapsed lung, low blood pressure & blood clots in both lungs for 3 years. Now formed scar tissue.I am 56 years old. I had cervical cancer 6 years ago, no signs last 4 years as well. I have new blood clots now,2019.I am on P.S.T. time zone.


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8/23/16 11:45 A

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I have now been doing this sleep challenge for three weeks. Initially I just simply wanted to get some sleep--any kind of sleep--so that was what I went for. If I felt sleepy, drowsy or tired I would simply excuse myself and go to bed and sleep. It meant for some 'weird' hours the first week but then it started to settle into where I could go to sleep in the early evening so that is where I am at. I seem to feel tired enough to fall asleep around 8 p.m. (I am retired so I don't have to worry about getting up for work). Then, I decided that now I needed to work on the other end of the cycle: my awake time.

Since I have had chronic insomnia for nearly 7 years my awake time was me getting through the day blurry-eyed and simply too tired to do much of anything. So, now I am trying to find an acceptable awake time for myself and so that is what I am working on.

I have taken a sleep aid for 16 years and this past week-10 days I have been able to fall asleep and return to sleep without taking a sleep aid. In an answer to your question: I am now convinced that when I would awake so alert it was because the sleep aid had worn off so I am hoping that I will not have to return to using them again.

I awaken often throughout the night: our bedroom can become warm (to get a cup of ice cold water to drink), sometimes to go to the bathroom (both 1 and 2) and I just think that will continue to be an issue. Yes, I agree that all of that up and down does make for a less quality sleep but I just want to get onto a regular schedule first and then I can take it from there.

Good luck everyone! If you thought this wasn't going to take some effort, well, guess again, it will and it does.

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11/13/15 8:08 A

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After keeping a detailed sleep log for 3 weeks now I find that I wake up at the same times every night - around 3:30 a.m. and again about 5:00 a.m. But I have been consistently getting up at the same time in the mornings and it seems to help my overall sleep,

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ANNEMARGAR, I do believe that the sleeping pill may contribute to it. I am sleeping much better since I completely stopped taking them.

SUCCESSFULRED, it could be that six hours of sleep is all your body needs. If you're feeling rested when you get up, don't worry about it.

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8/14/15 10:44 A

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I also found out that TV would influence my dreams. For a long time I used to watch my favorite detective shows in the bedroom ~ a real no no! Now I sleep with spa music on the TV however my husband will occasionally change it.
Sometimes when I wake up completely in the night I will stay in the bedroom it really depends where my husband is sleeping. I usually read or work on a journal.
I still wake up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, but I go back to bed and fall back asleep within 5 minutes. I am totally on the same page with going back to sleep right away that is win ~win for us
I was on ambien had been off it for a month when I chose join this challenge when I saw it.

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7/6/15 6:18 P

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I'm going straight to sleep when I get in bed (used to toss and turn) and sleep straight through the night. But some nights only getting six hours of sleep; still aiming for 7-8 each night!

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6/29/15 1:24 P

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When I started this challenge it happened to me often. Waking up and not being able to get back to sleep. I think keeping the TV off in my bedroom helped stop a lot of it. The lights and sounds from the TV not only would wake me up but often influence my dreams. But I still wake up from time to time and can't get back to sleep.

I read in one of the spark articles that in those circumstances you should get up and do something relaxing until you feel tired again. If you wake up because something is on your mind, get up and try to resolve what is bothering you (make a list, pay a bill, etc) then attempt to go back to sleep. Basically it said you want your bedroom to sleep in only, not to toss and turn and worry about stuff. I've done this a couple times during this challenge and it actually works. After I resolved the thing I was worrying about the best I could at 3 a.m. I was able to relax and go back to sleep.

I still wake up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, but I go back to bed and fall back asleep within 5 minutes.

I don't use any sleep aids, so not sure what affects that would have.

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5/8/15 10:04 A

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I don't take a sleeping aid but find if I awake in the night I too am awake for hours before I can fall back to sleep. It is one of the reasons I started this challenge! I am so grateful I have been sleeping well the last week and a half. I am so much more alert and happy.

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PAOLINA's Photo PAOLINA Posts: 21,207
11/4/14 1:36 A

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Same for me.


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Only to get up for restroom.

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PAOLINA's Photo PAOLINA Posts: 21,207
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try to limit sleeping tablet to once a week when I'm feeling desperately tired.


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VEG954 Posts: 7,436
7/30/14 9:32 P

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Have been sleeping very well.

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7/30/14 10:43 A

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My partner experiences the same thing - waking in the middle of the night and not able to go back to sleep - when not taking the sleeping pill. Is it possible that the use of the pill creates this situation?

I am not experienced on this topic, but I am interested in hearing what others have to say. I know others in this community have experienced the same.

Hoping that you find the answer to get you to a good night's sleep!

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7/30/14 7:38 A

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I can get to sleep within a reasonable but, unless I take a sleeping tablet, I wake after 2-3 hours and can't get back to sleep for a long time.


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