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2015/02/11 05:56:51 (permalink)
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Ever have a really crap night's sleep?

That's me tonight!
 
Fell asleep about 11.00pm, woke at 1.30am, laid in bed for an hour, got up to watch TV for an hour, back to bed, 90 min later, back up for TV, fell asleep in front of the TV for about 10 mins, so went to bed, couldn't sleep again.  So I'm up here posting now!
 
The problem with me is not falling asleep, it's if I wake up.  I have so much on my mind all the time, at night I tend to think about problems and then I just can't sleep.  TV takes my mind off problems, but I can't put the bedroom TV on as it wakes the Mrs.
 
I'm usually a positive person, but when I wake at night, I get very negative and then I'm knackard all day so negative.
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Re: Ever have a really crap night's sleep? 2015/02/11 07:47:48 (permalink)
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Most nights for me. Go to bed as I sm feeling knackered, close my eyes then BOOM a thousand and one thoughts rushing through my head. 1 1/2 / 2 hours later I drop off.

I wake up at least twice a night for half an hour to an hour. My best sleep is from 3am. Kids wake up at 6am!
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Re: Ever have a really crap night's sleep? 2015/02/11 08:13:32 (permalink)
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Getting a good nights sleep when you have a lot on your mind is a particular skill. I have not yet mastered it although I am much better than I used to be.
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Re: Ever have a really crap night's sleep? 2015/02/11 09:02:13 (permalink)
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Only if I've got a lot going on the following day, typically like a kid trying to sleep on christmas eve.. I now try and do a lot the day before so I'm physically and mentally knackered by the time I go to bed
 
Only other time I can't sleep well is if I have a bad cough.

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Re: Ever have a really crap night's sleep? 2015/02/11 09:11:13 (permalink)
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I have crap sleeps after playing football. I typically play between 8pm - 9.40pm and the adrenaline doesn't wear off until about 1am, even with a sleep aid.

I'm after an early night tonight seeing as though I've got an interview tomorrow. I'm out watching united tonight so I won't get home until half 10 but I'll have to straight to bed. I reckon ive had 7 hours kip in the last 3 nights combined.
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Re: Ever have a really crap night's sleep? 2015/02/11 09:12:28 (permalink)
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James,
 
Do you take any supplements to help sleep? Or have you ever tried them?
 
I've had a few broken nights sleep the last few nights. A combo of the kids waking up, everyone having a cold, and some pain in my right shoulder which is disturbing me. End result is that I wake up late, feel groggy and feel cranky.
 
Not good.

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Re: Ever have a really crap night's sleep? 2015/02/11 09:16:05 (permalink)
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Watching TV is not a good thing to do if you wake in the night, it would be better for you to read rather than looking at a screen.
 
I hate having a bad night's sleep, it effects me massively and I'm much more likely to get a migraine following bad sleep.
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Re: Ever have a really crap night's sleep? 2015/02/11 09:25:12 (permalink)
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When I get a bad nights sleep, it's usually similar to you.  Fall asleep, then wake up with an active mind and can't go back.
 
The best thing I've discovered is audio books.  Pop the ear buds in, set the sleep timer for 15 or 30 minutes, then close your eyes and concentrate on the story.  Audible do a free 1 month trail (£6/month there after with any book of your choice).
 
There are also lots of free story podcasts on iTunes, my favourites are "We're Alive", a zombie holocaust survival series, and "The No Sleep Podcast" which are short horror stories of varying quality.

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Re: Ever have a really crap night's sleep? 2015/02/11 09:30:02 (permalink)
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Do you take any supplements to help sleep? Or have you ever tried them?

Yes, I use melatonin / valarian root products,  I also have used some diazepan for a deeper sleep.  The problem is of late, I've been using something 5-6 nights per week and I don't want to be dependant.  Trying not to use them.
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Re: Ever have a really crap night's sleep? 2015/02/11 09:30:49 (permalink)
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Watching TV is not a good thing to do if you wake in the night, it would be better for you to read rather than looking at a screen.
 
I hate having a bad night's sleep, it effects me massively and I'm much more likely to get a migraine following bad sleep.

My mind is buzzing with negativity during the night.  If i read, my mind wonders - the only solution is TV.
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Re: Ever have a really crap night's sleep? 2015/02/11 09:31:36 (permalink)
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Since the earlier post, I went back to bed and got 45 mins dozing before having to get up for work.
 
It's going to be a hard day.  But I'll try to do something positive so I feel better tonight.
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Re: Ever have a really crap night's sleep? 2015/02/11 09:35:52 (permalink)
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Do you take any supplements to help sleep? Or have you ever tried them?

Yes, I use melatonin / valarian root products,  I also have used some diazepan for a deeper sleep.  The problem is of late, I've been using something 5-6 nights per week and I don't want to be dependant.  Trying not to use them.




I understand that completely, relying upon meds to get to sleep isn't a good long term plan.
 
How dark is your room? Complete darkness? Maybe try turning off all electric products, put your phone on airplane mode etc, have a nice bath before bed? 
 
Get a ritual going really. 
 

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Re: Ever have a really crap night's sleep? 2015/02/11 10:43:52 (permalink)
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I have a really poor sleep pattern.
I can vary from 2-3 hours to 6 hrs at night, sometimes I get 7.
I sometimes struggle to get to sleep in the first place, other times I zonk quickly but then wake and have my mind racing over various things.
Really not a fun place to be but I guess there are worse things in life.
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Re: Ever have a really crap night's sleep? 2015/02/11 11:37:46 (permalink)
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For me the problem is things on my mind:
  • work issues
  • kid issues
  • and one of my friends is causing me stress at the mo
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Re: Ever have a really crap night's sleep? 2015/02/11 11:45:43 (permalink)
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James, does lack of sleep cause you to have more food cravings the next day? My tendency to overeat is completely down to my continual lack of sleep, due to have a sleep test to see if I can get diagnosed (suspected sleep apnoea).
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Re: Ever have a really crap night's sleep? 2015/02/11 11:46:03 (permalink)
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Recently?  yes every night , getting about an hour at a time, keep waking up. 
Currently seeing my G.P. about it . 

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Re: Ever have a really crap night's sleep? 2015/02/11 11:47:39 (permalink)
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James
For me the problem is things on my mind:
  • work issues
  • kid issues
  • and one of my friends is causing me stress at the mo




  • It is just a job
  • Can sympathise, here, when there are family issues it becomes very difficult to sleep
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Re: Ever have a really crap night's sleep? 2015/02/11 11:51:27 (permalink)
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James, does lack of sleep cause you to have more food cravings the next day? My tendency to overeat is completely down to my continual lack of sleep, due to have a sleep test to see if I can get diagnosed (suspected sleep apnoea).

There was a recent programme on TV (can't remember channel or name of programme) which did an experiment on this, and found that those with disturbed sleep ate more sugar the following day.

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Re: Ever have a really crap night's sleep? 2015/02/11 12:03:35 (permalink)
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I gotta say I know exactly how you feel James. I suffer from anxiety disorder so overthinking is a way of life for me and it's especially bad when I'm trying to sleep. I have found taking melatonin does help a lot but sometimes I wake up really groggy but it's worth it to get a decent nights sleep
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Re: Ever have a really crap night's sleep? 2015/02/11 12:07:47 (permalink)
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this was me until i started taking 100mg 5-HTP nightly. sleep brilliantly right through now unless one of my kids wake up.
it also helps massively with eradicating negative thoughts through the night.

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