March 12, 2014 5:42 AM Subscribe
Why do I wake up after a few hours if I go to bed early specifically because I am super tired (not because I have to get up early for a flight or something), rather than just sleeping my normal length time?
posted by sio42 to Grab Bag (8 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
This happens every time I go to bed before 9pm (normal bedtime is 10-11, depending on how early I am getting up -6-7). This happens more often than not and I find it confusing that I don't wake up at 5 am but instead wake up at midnight or 2 am and am just wide awake after only getting a few hours of sleep.
My normal bedtime is around 1030-11. I wake up around 7. If I stay up too late, say because I decided to watch all of True Detective in one go on Sunday, I get a bit behind on my sleep. I didn't get to bed early on Monday night and last night I was so tired at 8 I could have slept right then. I made myself stay awake until 9 and then was out light. I woke up feeling like I had slept wonderfully. It was dark out, but not unusual due to the time change. Check my phone...12:22am.
I had a hell of a time sleeping the rest of the night, woke up again at 2 and 630. I feel fine now for the most part, just feel like I had a bad night of sleeping, but I'm not tired.
The thing is, when I am so tired that I am falling alseep around 8, if I make myself stay up til my normal bedtime, I'll get a second wind and can't sleep til 2 am no matter what. I have not taken a nap. (Sometimes I do a quick cat nap after work, I wake up on my own after 10-15 min and won't have any trouble sleeping at night.)
This is not a question about insomnia or blue light before bed or any of that. I have no trouble sleeping otherwise. This has happened for as long as I can remember, since I was a teenager. It's not medication-related because I have not been on the same things for the last 20 years.
My google-fu is not working because I only turn up stuff about getting to sleep or staying asleep, which is not my question.
And I don't get this tired very often, only a few times a year when I do something silly like that on a weeknight.