My sleep cycle is out of whack, can anyone help me get it back?
November 30, 2012 6:44 AM Subscribe
YANMD, but I'm always on the wrong sleep schedule. Can you help me finally get some sleep?
posted by Seeking Direction to Health & Fitness (20 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Background information: 21, male, college student living in dorm/residence. Thankfully, I'm living alone in my room, so no loud noises - but I'm still having issues.
It always seems like my body is on the wrong sleep schedule. Since I have to get to class at 9 AM, and it's a long walk, this is a big problem.
What happens the night before:
11:30 PM - Decide to call it a night and go to bed.
12-1 AM - Wide awake despite my best attempt at "sleep hygiene." I walk around my room, try to write a to-do list, take out the trash, etc.
1-2 AM - Tossing and turning.
2 AM - Frustratedly get up again, walk around.
Sometime after 2 - finally fall asleep.
8:10 AM - This is the time I set my alarm to. But when it wakes me, I can't move. I find it hard even to reach the snooze button!
8:20 AM - I have another alarm set to this time.
8:25 AM - Can finally get out of bed, though feel tired and "hung over".
~ 6-7 PM and 8-9 PM - Feel like I'm going to fall asleep (because of the sleep issue the night before), even though I have obligations.
10:30 PM - Now, when I'm actually trying to wind down, I feel a "second wind".
It's a vicious cycle until the weekend!
A few important notes:
- I have struggled with anxiety/mild PTSD in the past, but not so much anymore. I don't feel anxious/worried when I'm trying to get to sleep - just wide awake.
- I'm not interested in polyphasic sleep - I've taken enough psychology and biology classes to know that this isn't a great idea (look up slow-wave sleep and memory).
- Once I get to sleep, I don't actually feel like I'm sleeping that badly.
- Last time I had bloodwork done, cholesterol, triglyceride, and TSH (thyroid) levels were of concern.
To sum it up, it feels like I'm in the wrong time zone (even though I haven't been in another time zone in almost a year), and this is a problem! What can I do?