I've been having some sleep problems and recently saw a specialist. Among other things, he recommended creating a nightly bedtime ritual that takes about 30 minutes or so and helps me wind down. I would be appreciative if you would share your own most calming routines, best practices, good suggestions for getting into the right mental space for sleep? [more inside]
Asking for a friend: What are some gentle activities and general advice for a substantially overweight fortyish man in weak health who needs to turn things around? He has not received good support from doctors and his job does not permit him to take time off during clinic hours in any case. See inside! [more inside]
I've had insomnia for years. Decades. I've talked to doctors, tried prescription meds, tried over the counter meds, changed my diet, changed my exercise, worked on sleep hygiene, and had a sleep study. I still need more sleep. [more inside]
CPAP machine (or rather, an APAP) has been helping me feel better, I think, but I was never actually diagnosed with sleep apnea and the sleep study results didn't show any apneas. The CPAP trial has ended, and I need some help deciding if I should buy the machine. Many details after the jump! [more inside]
I need to be able to take naps. I suck at taking naps. Are there any real, practical ways to get better at napping? [more inside]
I am in my mid twenties, eat pretty healthily and exercise regularly, but I wonder if there's any food(s) that I don't include in my diet that could help with my sleep. (There's a bit to write on my diet, so I have written that on the extended page.) [more inside]
I work late one night a week. What's best - getting up the next morning at the time I usually get up, or sleeping for 8 hours? [more inside]
12.5-month-old Supercoolbaby was a very good sleeper from early on (she slept through the night at 2 months and carried on with that until about 10 months, but never more than 2 wakeups during the night), but recently some problems have developed. Would love your thoughts/advice. Many details within. [more inside]
I want to finally start getting enough sleep, but I just can't see how I can do that without completely ruining my social life. How do young single people have friends when they sleep enough? [more inside]
I have an annoying tendency to go to bed very late, like 3 or 4 am and wake up at lunch hour. I've tried to change this by getting used to wake up when the sun comes up but I'm always breaking this habit and going back to sleep with the windows covered. I think I got this annoying habit because I procrastinate during the day and when the day comes to an end I don't want to go to bed because I didn't do what was most important during the day. So I try to do that important thing until like 4 am and them go to sleep. I want to break this cycle but it's so difficult!
I have been waking up at the exact same time in the middle of the night for the past month or so, and it's majorly disrupting my ability to be a functional human being. [more inside]
Has anyone found any strategies for combating sleep state misperception/paradoxical insomnia? [more inside]
I'm almost nocturnal but feel almost guilty about it, and don't see it working out in the long run with a family even though it is the perfect set-up for me right now while I'm on my own still. Definitely want a family, though... Any advice or similar situations solved or coped with? [more inside]
Advice on preventing weight gain and fitting in exercise when your life is spinning out of control. [more inside]
I need more sleep and I have the means. But I don't seem to want to, you know, actually sleep. What gives? [more inside]
I'm pretty sure I have sleep apnea and it's affecting me at at work. [more inside]
Is there help or hope for my situation? Post- manic episode: insomnia, various medication trials, zombie brain state. [more inside]
How bad is sleeping with the light on? I have checked google! - more inside. [more inside]
First-time parents looking for resources to get 4-month infant to sleep on his back. We've already consulted our pediatrician and family, and searched online... would appreciate any more help! [more inside]
What's the most effective way to force myself back into a healthy sleep cycle? [more inside]
Why do I wake up feeling tired, and stay tired for several hours? [more inside]
I have telescopic dreams once in a while - dreaming something only to realise that I'm dreaming, "wake up" in another dream, then sometimes switching back to the first dream or "waking up" to another dream entirely. They freak me out quite a bit as I'm never quite sure if or when I'm really awake. Why do these dreams happen? Is anything the matter? [more inside]
Why does one cup of coffee make me sleepy? [more inside]
Why do I always get so hungry late at night? [more inside]
How can I make my office more comfortable so that I can take naps over lunch? [more inside]
I have been tossing around the concept of polyphasic sleeping for years now and the only thing that is stopping me from converting is this question. How would this affect my body? There seems to be no real mention on articles covering polyphasics of how this affects your body. Plenty say that you get enough sleep for your mind, although as I would like to form my own opinion on the mind part, my issue is that they are quick to say that the other "Five something" hours of non REM sleep are essentially wasted. My hypothesis is that you need these hours of downtime for your body itself to regenerate. If my hypothesis is correct is there any ways to ensure a rest like state for my body while in a waking cycle during full on uberman style polyphasics? Related Link [more inside]
I haven't slept in days, and I need to be completely alert for the next sixteen hours. Should I nap or push through? [more inside]
Help me get up in mornings! [more inside]
I need a proper sleep position! I don't know which one I sleep to, because I keep tossing and turning till sleep overtakes and I fall asleep. [more inside]
Why am I so tired all the time? [more inside]
I wake up feeling drunk, then stumble through the day, and regularly pull all nighters to meet early morning deadlines, how do I break the cycle!? [more inside]
Can't sleep, think I have anxiety. What can I do? [more inside]
sleepfilter: How do I 'reset' my body clock? I'm generally a good sleeper, but I find periodically (and lately), I wake up at the exact same (and weird) time every day. [more inside]
Very irregular sleep schedule: okay in an otherwise healthy/happy life? [more inside]
Is there any connection between eating meals close to bedtime and elevated risk of developing diabetes? [more inside]
I'm looking for information on sleep clinics in or around Chicago. [more inside]
Can you bank sleep? And if not - how much sleep is too much?
Why is eating right before bed bad for you?
What's the best way to recover from sleep deprivation? I'm a 28 y/o guy and I've had three consecutive nights of 5 to 5 1/2 hours sleep (not by my choosing -- busy period at work). Naturally, I'm exhausted by now. [more inside]
5 Day poker session planned... practical & poker advice needed. [more inside]
What are the effects of sleep deprivation? [more inside]
My sleep schedule is very hectic. While I almost always have to get up early, I frequently have to stay up very late to complete projects or have at least a few hours to spend with friends. I try and use the weekends to catch up on sleep, and I have many tricks to haul myself out of bed in the mornings but I was wondering if anyone might know a relatively safe combination of drugs that would not only help me quickly fall asleep but also wake up quickly if I haven't gotten my "full" 8 hours of sleep? [more inside]
I have decided to stop drinking for a while. Without going into too much detail- I drink alot. Stopping involves several nights of a special kind of hell while trying to sleep. Tossing, turning, very, very light sleeping, sweating, nightmares, etc. - it just sucks. I have taken Unisom and Valerian and other things (alone and together) to no avail. Is there a good way to minimize this ill effect (short of visiting the doctor)?
How can I improve the quality of my sleep? [more inside]
Has anybody had experience with Tempurpedic matresses or the Prima matress sold by Design Within Reach? Any reccomendations?
A very bright acquaintance of mine, personable, well adjusted, loving dad, relaxes by watching the same short scenes from a favorite movie (LOTR, Matrix, etc.). He'll watch the same scene every night for months. He says that when the line is delivered, he feels complete and can go to bed. Is this common? Does this behavior have a name?
is it normal for your arm to be partially asleep for an extended period of time? i think i slept on it or something, now 6-7 hours later I only have partial feeling in my hand and I can't flex my arm muscles very much. It's very annoying.
Sleep Apnea... some, ooh, let's say about 5% of the population has it. I'm starting to think I might, too: not feeling rested in the morning, snoring at night, breathing stops irregularly, etcetera. Anyone got personal experiences, stories, or advice to offer? I'm not running to the doctor yet... unless y'all scare me into it! [more inside]
So I'm pulling an all-nighter for work. Should I take a short nap?
What's the best way to get a good night's sleep? The newspaper I work at recently went to a crazy schedule, so I now work a split shift. My body hates it because it's used to a constant 8 hours a night. How can I trick my brain into being well rested? And what role do powernaps have in all of this?