Mornin' y'all..... I just got up with a coughing Owen..... ug. At least I went to bed early. Ug. Morning.
how weird, me either, but I had a little help in that department by these wild skateboarders who were outside doing freestyling in the middle of the night and shouting the whole time :-/ Balto woke me up to see if there was anything he should be concerned about, when I reassured him of course he went back to sleep and I couldn't. I discovered the joys of shopping half.com for books and stuff. :-/
I think I stole everyones sleep since I actually slept last night :D. In fact I didn't even hear the first two alarms which is odd since I am a light sleeper. I hope everyone gets some rest during the day.
Another sleep suggestion:
Always have a little routine you go through before you go to bed. Do things in the same order - like take your contacts out, then brush your teeth, then lie down somewhere and read for 15 minutes, then go to bed. If you can't go to sleep, get up after trying for about 20 minutes, and read for 15 minutes again. Repeat. I've heard that doing this will eventually (like over the period of many days) will work. Originally it might make it worse, but it's not good to lie in bed without sleeping - makes you associate your bed with sleeplessness. But if you can learn to associate your routine with pre-sleeping, it will start to make you sleepy. It's all about associations. Unless it's an actual medical problem.
Argh - I do! I take out my contacts, brush/floss/listerine, daily facial, alph-hydroxy night cream, brush my hair, go to bed, read, and then lights out. Every night! I didn't drink any Coke or anything after noon, I excercised in the morning, I always try to maybe drink some wine or sleepy-time tea, and I try the "hyperventilating" as you suggested. Blah - it doesn't seem to make a difference! Last night I even drank about two bottles of wine, because I really wanted to get a bunch of sleep because I didn't sleep very much the night before =P The night before that I only slept well because Matt gave me some NyQuil, but I don't want to do that everynight!
Hmmm..well are you tired the next day if you don't sleep well? Do you try to go to bed at approximately the same time every night? How often do you have trouble falling asleep?
Also, alcohol can make you sleepy so you fall asleep, but it interupts your sleep so that it is not very restful. I notice it...if I get drunk on a Saturday night, I can usually fall asleep. But then I'll sleep a LONG time (9-10 hours) and still feel tired.
Hi Amber! (yeah, I'm way behind on my LJ comments). I am often very "groggy" after I don't sleep well. Not exactly tired or sleepy, but more like kind of uncoordinated and forgetful about stuff, and I get those sparkly "stars" when I stand up too quickly or move my head fast. Almost like I'm hung over (lol, it happens even if I hadn't had alcohol for weeks, so it's not that). Generally with Matt's new schedule we go to bed about the same time every night, usually about 1 am. I'd say that I have insomnia about 4 or 5 nights a week, meaning that it takes me four to six hours before I can fall asleep. It's really annoying, to say the least, and it really bothers Matt when I'm lying next to him awake for so long or looking at him for a long time at night (he thinks it's creepy, lol!). If it's a night I know I REALLY have to sleep all night I usually take some NyQuil, but I try not to do that very often because I don't want to be dependent on it.
Back in KC I went to a psychologist for awhile and they put me on Paxil and that was supposed to help regulate my sleep and stop night terrors and stuff, but after a few months it actually started doing the opposite and keeping me up all night! They told me that I should go to a sleep center (and also that it's "Not that expensive" which I now know is a LIE) but I never did, and then we moved here. After we get insurance (just a couple of months) I might see if I can do something like that. A couple of people have told me that I should get on "Ambien" - do you know anything about that???
Well, yeah, sleep studies can be expensive ($3k for our place, I think). If you have insurance, though, it should be pretty decent (some people have copays, some don't).
Ambien is what we give to people at the sleep lab if they can't fall asleep. We chose Ambien because it doesn't seem to have any bad side effects, doesn't affect the quality of sleep, doesn't interfere with other medicines, etc. So if you have to take a sleep aid, it's probably the way to go.
I might do that then. The online pharmacy I get my birth control pills from also sells Ambien (they do an online consultation for common prescriptions, allegedly it's legal....). Or I might just tough it out until we have insurance again.
i had a horrible night sleeping, awake, asleep, awake, asleep then i dreamed my cat was in the bathroom taking a bath by herself, weird. your sister is wise :) thats pretty much my routine she is describing, only i have to read in bed untill i pass out because if i read on the couch or something when i get back up to go to bed it wakes me back up :P
Wow! u guys too!!?? I woke up at 3 and just couldnt get back to sleep! I dremped we were gettin bombed..