Sleep Hygiene For the Sleep-Filthy?
July 25, 2012 10:48 AM Subscribe
What is the best, quickest way to recover from unavoidable weeklong periods of awful sleep?
posted by julthumbscrew to Health & Fitness (19 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
Here's the deal: approximately every 1.5 or 2 months, Mr. Julthumbscrew is on-call for a week for work. It's a brutal experience... basically, for that entire period, he doesn't get more than two hours of contiguous sleep (and on some nights gets NO sleep). This is unavoidable. What I'm hoping IS avoidable are the post-on-call issues.
While you'd think that after a week of no sleep, he'd just collapse into bed, sleep for 18 hours and wake up fresh as a daisy, this isn't the case. On-call weeks seem to "break" his ability to sleep, somehow, and for several weeks afterwards, his sleep is awful: he can't fall asleep, he can't STAY asleep, he winds up napping semi-involuntarily and then isn't tired at bedtime, etc.
What can we do to snap him back to relatively-normal sleep as quickly as possible? Some possibly-relevant data:
- He's a smoker and a coffee drinker (but doesn't drink it after mid-afternoon).
- Apparently, it's easier for him to fall asleep while watching/listening to something because it slows down the chatter in his brain.
- We've heard the "only use the bedroom for sleep and sex!" advice, but as our bedroom is ALSO his office, that ain't gonna work for us.
- We are open to any and all other suggestions, though.
- He's an otherwise pretty-healthy, pretty-normal early-30s dude.