How do you sleep? No, seriously, help me!

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Hello, everyone! How are you all doing? Well, I hope! I’m doing fine, counting the days until the holidays so I can get some rest – which includes a lot of sleeping, hopefully.

Sleep is, and has always been, elusive to me. I do my best to go to bed early-ish, at around ten. Regardless, I rarely manage to fall asleep before 1 am. Why? Who knows?

I usually keep a nightly ritual in order to try and relax. I take a shower. Drink some water. Put some soothing sounds (such as rain) on. Close my eyes, find a comfortable position, and… don’t sleep until my brain is too exhausted to keep me awake. And then I wake up as soon as the sun rises, and can’t quite fall asleep again, which gives me about four hours of solid sleep. Yes, it’s a lot of fun.

I have tried pretty much everything – including medication -, but my sleeping pattern is basically this. Unless I have the time to sleep during the day. Then I’ll sleep like a baby. So, I guess what I’m asking is: how the heck do you sleep at night? Is there a magic formula?

Seriously, though, do you all sleep well at night? Or are you night owls too? I’m curious!

See you on the next!

9 thoughts on “How do you sleep? No, seriously, help me!”

  1. I’m the last person to ask about sleeping. I can sleep almost anywhere at anytime if I feel tired. Although, now that I’ve gotten older, I sometimes struggle a bit.
    It could be that your circadian rhythm is “off”. You might be a night owl by nature. Another thought is that you are simply trying too hard to sleep. I have known some folks that don’t need as much sleep as others. 4 to 6 hours a night is good for them.
    As for me, it does not take much for me to transition to being more nocturnal. For this 4-day holiday weekend, I will begin shifting to staying up later and sleeping later. Monday will suck because I won’t be able to go to sleep early on Sunday night. So, the night owl thing is a possible “feature” for me, too.
    I hope you figure it out, especially if your always tired. Maybe find a job that lets you work the night shift?

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    1. You know, you might be onto something. According to my mother, even little baby me slept during the day and was up at night. Then I fought sleep at nights because I never really had a restful sleep, so yea, I might be a night owl by nature. :/ But I would disagree that 4 to 6 hours are my sweet spot, as I’m always still tired when I get out of bed.

      I have been looking around for night jobs, but I haven’t found any yet. Will have to see and maybe cast a wider net. Oh, well.

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      1. It can’t be easy. One thing I have learned, though, is that you first must know yourself as well as possible and then train yourself (discipline) to get the compromise you need. I get up at 5am during the week. It is something I simply trained myself to do. Now I don’t even think about it, despite my tendency to “drift” toward late to bed, late to rise. You just got to find the sweet spot that works for you.

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        1. I’m lucky (I guess?) that I don’t have trouble waking up on time for whatever I have to do. It’s one less source of stress. Sadly, I haven’t found a fix to the sleep deprivation yet. :(

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  2. I get in bed, put on my sound machine, and read my WordPress reader on my iPhone to catch up on all of the bloggers I follow. Once I’m done (about an hour later), I shut off my iPhone and put a sleep mask on over my eyes just so that I won’t be woken up as soon as the sun rises.

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