Sleep... won't you come.
March 9, 2012 1:10 AM Subscribe
How do I feel better while sleeping less?
posted by Trexsock to health & fitness (35 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
Admittedly, my sleeping habits are not the best and although I've been trying to improve on them (and keep a steady, strict schedule) I've not really seen much improvement to my condition after waking up. What must I be doing wrong?
Basically this started a few years ago when I first joined college: my previously untainted 12-7 sleeping schedule started to change and at some point, it stopped making any sense at all. By then, I was sleeping at completely random times (sometimes during the day to stay awake at night, etc...) and had no control over it/myself at all. It got somewhat better/worse (depends on how you look at it) when I've moved in with my partner and been unemployed, because I found it very difficult to gather any motivation to get out of bed at a decent time (since I don't actually have anything proper to do) and ended up sleeping up to midday, daily.
After hearing one too many 'oh you're so lazy, you sleep so late!' from my hard-working partner (which they told me was meant as a joke, and me not believing them), I decided to put a stop to this and start trying to change my sleep. The problem is that I seldom EVER feel rested. I've tried to sleep anywhere from 4 to 12 hours (and everything in-between) and at no point do I get up and feel like I've just had a good, peaceful, restorative sleep. As a matter of fact, I can't remember when it was the last time I woke up like that. Instead, I feel tired, cranky, sometimes downright awful (physically sick) and end up pacing around like a mindless drone for a few hours before I 'wake up'. If this happens, I then feel rather emotional/touchy by the end of the day and tend to cause drama I don't intend on because of my moodiness.
It's not that my sleep is bad or that I keep waking up in between bouts of snoozing away! It's not! I often fall asleep very quickly or near instantly, and only wake up when the alarm rings.
If I do take any form of 'energy drink' or caffeinated drink, I then feel EXTREMELY giddy for about half an hour before it fades back to tiredness again.
Also, trying to sleep EVEN more doesn't necessarily help my case because if I do it (and I've been known to sleep up to 14-16 hours), I both wake up with a terrible headache and can't fall asleep easily/at all the next night.
. Yesterday I went to bed at 1:30, fell asleep immediately and woke up at 11:00, only to be tired and like I'd slept nothing at all. This is a schedule that SELDOM ever happens any longer, as I prefer/try to wake up earlier.
. Today I went to bed at around 1:30am (fell asleep at around 3:30), woke up at 6:30, and whereas this is not much sleep, I feel as terrible as I did yesterday.
Wishfully, I'd love being able to sleep around 3-4 hours and feel nicely rested, but this simply will not happen! Care to help? What are your tips for a good night of sleep?