Wake up, sleepy-head
January 3, 2012 2:27 PM Subscribe
I have bad sleep hygiene -- I either sleep too little, or more often, too much. Any strategies for combatting this?
posted by redlines to health & fitness (13 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I'm in graduate school, so I have flexible work hours. There are periods of intense stress near deadlines, when I sleep 2-4 hours a night. This doesn't bother me too much, since I recover when the deadlines passes. But there are longer periods when I have work that's not urgent, or it's weighing heavily on me and I feel like I'm stuck on a problem, and then I sleep 10-12 hours at a time.
I've tried overcoming the latter by going to bed early, but I end up waking up late anyway. I've never been a morning person, and when I experiment with getting myself to the gym at 7 am just so I wake up on time, I end up feeling miserable the whole day, looking for an excuse to nap.
I like sleeping, and don't want to deny my body when it needs it, but I'm also afraid that my mind may be using it to avoid the pressures of the waking world.
In other respects, my health is good: I hardly ever fall sick, and I eat a balanced (lacto-ovo-vegetarian) diet. I only exercise 2-3 hours a week; I'm hoping to increase that.