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Is this normal? My dog wakes himself up barking

My dog is about 5 years old. I've had him for 3.5 years. In the last month or so he has started barking in his sleep. Sometimes he's puppy-dreaming and quietly yipping and moving his feet. About half the time he barks really loud and wakes himself up. This is a definite change in his behavior. Should I be worried? [more inside]
posted by OrangeDisk on Jul 28, 2015 - 10 answers

How can I sleep through the night?

I've always had off and on issues with sleeping straight through the night, but the last few months I've fallen into a consistent pattern: go to sleep between 10-11pm, wake up completely awake around 3am then struggle for the next ~1 hour to fall back asleep. Every. Single. Night. [more inside]
posted by the foreground on Jul 25, 2015 - 29 answers

Leaving the phone downstairs

GadgetFilter: I no longer wish to use my phone as my alarm clock or music controller at night. I would like a wifi radio that will play Pandora & Spotify, has a sleep timer, and an alarm function - and that's it. My phone will remain downstairs. I want to be able to control the sleep timer and music from this device not my phone or ipod or anything else. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Jul 17, 2015 - 7 answers

circadian rythms and sleep timing

Is it possible that shifting when I sleep very slightly (say 11-7 instead of 10-6) can make a difference in how well rested I feel? [more inside]
posted by pennypiper on Jul 14, 2015 - 13 answers

Effexor and sleepiness

Will Effexor XR continue to make me this tired? [more inside]
posted by futureisunwritten on Jul 13, 2015 - 7 answers

Where to stay near Minneapolis airport (MSP) before very-early flight?

Next Thursday I have a 515a flight (on American née US Air, so Terminal 1 is my point of departure) out of MSP. Assuming I'll go through security at around 400-415, it seems silly to stay at a hotel the night before. The airport is open 24 hours. What I'm curious about is if I can I go through security around midnight and try to catch a few ZZZs in the terminal? If not, can I sleep safely outside of security, or will local law enforcement tell me to move along? [more inside]
posted by anaphoric on Jul 2, 2015 - 7 answers

I'm a nightowl, seriously. How do I make this work.

I have real problems functioning during the day - during daylight hours I am depressed, I am foggy, I am tired, I seriously have issues 'getting through the day'. Come night time I am fine - happier, functioning, a better more productive person. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 30, 2015 - 9 answers

Optimize the place we spend 1/3 of our lives

Ready to spend some money to optimize the habitat where we spend 1/3 of our lives - our bed. I know there have been lots of questions about bedding lately... snowflakes below. [more inside]
posted by raspberrE on Jun 16, 2015 - 8 answers

Can you help me shift my sleep schedule by about an hour?

I know what I need to do, but I can't seem to do it. Any suggestions or tips? [more inside]
posted by gigondas on Jun 15, 2015 - 17 answers

Visceral fat and eating before bed

Does eating a late night meal immediately before bed affect how your body utilizes visceral fat during sleep? [more inside]
posted by extramundane on Jun 11, 2015 - 1 answer

Need bedtime advice for a baby, a toddler, and a small apartment

Help us get a young toddler and a baby to sleep at roughly the same time in the same room. Is it possible? Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by annekate on Jun 10, 2015 - 11 answers

Can I hack my Apple Watch into tracking sleep?

I used to own only a Fitbit Charge wristband. Now I own the Fitbit and an Apple Watch. But as the Apple Watch doesn't have an official sleep tracking function, currently I have to wear the Fitbit to bed to track sleep, and then use the Sync Solver apps to synchronise sleep data and fitness data between Fitbit and Apple. It's all a bit of a kludge. Is there a way to hack the Apple Watch into tracking my sleep patterns? [more inside]
posted by skylar on Jun 9, 2015 - 1 answer

Could a wrist brace be keeping me up all night?

Could wearing a snug wrist brace cause my body temperature to lower and keep me up all night? [more inside]
posted by alligatorman on Jun 8, 2015 - 3 answers

Don't think about a pink elephant!

How do I stop thinking about my legs?I'm late pregnant and a lot of my previous sleep restlessness (which I asked about here) has resolved... But each night, once I THINK about my legs, I can't stop thinking about them and afraid of feeling twitchy and eventually even if they felt fine before, they end up driving me mad. [more inside]
posted by catspajammies on Jun 4, 2015 - 9 answers

Recommendations for a soft, flat-ish pillow?

I need to replace my old pillow, but I'm having trouble finding one that I like. How hard could it be to find a nice, reasonably-sized pillow? Apparently really hard. Everything I find in the store is huge and overstuffed, which makes me feel like I'm sleeping with my head tilted all night and make my neck hurt. I've tried memory foam and I'm on the fence since I am used to a softer pillow. I'm going to keep using the memory foam for now, but in the meantime, give me your soft, flat pillow recommendations! I tend to sleep on my side and back, for more context.
posted by lockstitch on Jun 1, 2015 - 24 answers

SF Bay Area MD who will take a probable sleep disorder seriously?

I am looking for a SF Bay Area MD who will not wave away a probable sleep disorder as depression. [more inside]
posted by ziggly on May 31, 2015 - 8 answers

Bedtime is in 3 hours. Help me sleep tonight.

I had a terrible fight with a loved one today, and my stress levels are sky-high (to the point of nausea). At this rate, I'm not sure I'll be able to sleep tonight. Bedtime is in three hours - Please help me get to sleep. [more inside]
posted by BuddyBoo on May 25, 2015 - 33 answers

Daily "Mental Alertness" Quiz?

Is there a short quiz or activity whose results I can plot over time to gauge how "alert" I am? [more inside]
posted by maxwelton on May 25, 2015 - 5 answers

Tonight on Frontline: A Bedtime Story Just For You

Putting on Frontline and listening to Will Lyman narrate is my favorite way to fall asleep. But, seeing as how the show is not intended to lull me to sleep, there are sometimes parts where Will Lyman has to stop speaking and noises or a non-mellifluous person cut in. Clearly I need something more suitable. [more inside]
posted by Monochrome on May 18, 2015 - 10 answers

Help me return to the marital bed

Lately, I have been having trouble sharing the bed with my husband. I want to be able to return there... [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on May 12, 2015 - 15 answers

How do you share a bed when it's too hot?

How do you sleep with someone who insists on throwing all the blankets off the bed, when you are a person who needs weight to sleep well? [more inside]
posted by epanalepsis on May 12, 2015 - 42 answers

Overheating in bed, steps to take - sleep filter

I haven't been sleeping well. Including all winter. I have a crappy polyester comforter and Target Jersey Cotten Sheets, and a $600 10 inch memory foam mattress from Amazon with two memory foam pillows. So - basically everything that would make me overheat. Would adding a Latex Topper to the mix fix a lot of problems? [more inside]
posted by bbqturtle on May 11, 2015 - 37 answers

Noise, and sleep, and a potential new roommate

I rented a place this evening (put down a deposit, got my key, signed a lease) and am immediately regretting my decision. Does it make sense to see if I can undo this now? [more inside]
posted by twill on May 6, 2015 - 11 answers

Decreasing sleep sensitivity...how?

I've long been a light sleeper. Realllly light. Earplugs, eye mask, blackout curtains. People in the same space sworn to tiptoeing silence. I have a form of insomnia + other issues that sometimes keep me awake, but even when those are not a major factor, I'm just so damn sensitive to any stimuli, and I hate it. [more inside]
posted by 4midori on May 5, 2015 - 15 answers

How to fall asleep in a short period of time?

I've started a new job that requires me being awake CRAZY early. So it's more important than ever that I go to sleep at a reasonable hour. Challenge: My brain likes to keep me awake all night by never shutting off. Looking for tips on how to ease yourself into a restful sleep. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Apr 26, 2015 - 58 answers

Baby sleeps at night but doesn't nap

My 7-week old baby doesn't nap. She sleeps pretty well at night, but terribly during the day. How do we fix this? [more inside]
posted by asnider on Apr 26, 2015 - 31 answers

Aerobic exercise on "rest days" for sleep?

I often have a hard time falling asleep; intense aerobic exercise goes a long way toward remedying this problem. I often hear, however, that your body needs a "rest day" for recovery from strenuous exercise. My body certainly feels less sore if I take a rest day, but the sleep I get in return is mediocre at best. MeFites who use exercise partly for sleep: How do you balance the need for relatively heavy aerobic exercise with the need to give your body time to recover? [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Apr 23, 2015 - 9 answers

Cinderelly, Cinderelly

I like to write and I want to do it more, but I only seem to be able to get into the "zone" after around midnight. Is this something you've experienced? Can I rewire my brain? [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Apr 20, 2015 - 7 answers

Talk to me about crib bumpers and the risk/benefit analysis.

Talk to me about crib bumpers and the risk/benefit analysis. [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Apr 16, 2015 - 19 answers

In the ninth circle of sleep hell

I desperately need some perspective on my toddler's multiple sleep issues. Hope me??? [more inside]
posted by lollymccatburglar on Apr 14, 2015 - 39 answers

Baby bedtime woes

My 4 month old wakes up every 30-45 minutes for three hours after bedtime. Can you help me think of something I haven't tried? [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty on Apr 11, 2015 - 21 answers

Can I wake up alone (without having to sleep alone)?

I need to wake up at least an hour before my wife does. Alas, she's a light sleeper and I'm a fairly heavy one. I've had my phone set for a vibrate alarm and keep it in my pajama pocket -- and it still wakes her up before it wakes me up. So I need something... subtler, but not too subtle (or else I'll sleep through it). The only thing I can think of is a wearable alarm a la Fitbit. Would that be likely to work? Anyone else in a similar situation?
posted by sesquipedalia on Apr 7, 2015 - 24 answers

Are my mattress expectations too high?

I'm having a really hard time finding a mattress I like, to the point that I am wondering if my expectations are just too high. This is kind of a weird question to post, but I really need a reality check. So, do you actually LOVE your mattress, or is that a marketing fiction? [more inside]
posted by primethyme on Apr 6, 2015 - 56 answers

A cool night's rest

Please share your bedding (or other) recommendations for staying cool while you sleep. [more inside]
posted by raztaj on Apr 3, 2015 - 21 answers

sleeeeeeep, at rotating times

How can I acclimate myself to a rotating sleep schedule without getting sad/breaking out/other less than ideal things? [more inside]
posted by elephantsvanish on Mar 23, 2015 - 9 answers

What's with my weird sleep pattern?

I'm having the craziest sleep as of the past year or so. It's not extreme like sleep walking, I just wake up at odd times early every day. Have you done anything to adjust this? [more inside]
posted by Crystalinne on Mar 12, 2015 - 22 answers

Baby is Flipping Out

My 5 month old baby has learnt to flip from back to front, and does so very often while he's sleeping. Unfortunately, he's not figured out how to flip from front to back yet, and that means he will suddenly start screaming away during sleeptime. This is messing up his sleep schedule, and making him wake up a lot more often that he should. Any ideas what we should do, if anything? And how does this affect any sleep training that we're planning on doing? [more inside]
posted by destrius on Mar 8, 2015 - 17 answers

Resetting Your Clock For Two

As a couple, we've both been night owls, but the combination of a bad winter, working from home, and a shared sabbatical has trashed our sleep cycle - Bed at four, up by noon. it feels like we're missing whole days and end up wide awake at 2am. How do you reset your clock to a more lark-like pattern when there's no external force driving you? We don't technically *have* to be awake at any particular hour, but the waking up at noon all the time is getting me down. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 2, 2015 - 14 answers

What causes me to wake up feeling muscular pain all over my body?

Hi! I really hope someone has had a similar condition and can help me. For about a year now, I wake up every morning with intense body pain and very low energy, as if my body had been tensed up all night long. I can sleep a solid 8, 9, 10 hours and still feel the same. I used to suffer from insomnia but not anymore. I can now fall asleep within minutes of reading. The muscle pain is similar to what you get when you have a flu. The situation does not improve during the day. [more inside]
posted by alexalexalex on Mar 1, 2015 - 22 answers

How do I sleep through a loud noise every night?

I hear a loud noise every night at the same time and wake up. I'm afraid that I'm conditioning my body to think it's normal to wake up in the middle of the night -- help! [more inside]
posted by lxs on Feb 26, 2015 - 17 answers

How bad is 'being on call' + how best to handle it?

I'm a mental health professional due to hear back about an interesting (but tough) job interview tomorrow. It's not 'in the bag' yet but there were indicators it went well. If offered I'd take it for various reasons. It would involve being on call every 10 days or so. I've never done this before. It didn't sound too bad until I realised that you are on call at night (may have to go to A and E/deal with suicide attempts etc) and then go to work as normal in the morning... [more inside]
posted by tanktop on Feb 22, 2015 - 10 answers

Sleep is my religion, but it's not his.

My husband snores loudly (85db peaks). I'm a light sleeper, and have general anxiety and PTSD issues that are exacerbated by lack of sleep. I can't sacrifice my mental health to the snoring! I'm perfectly happy sleeping in another room, and this was part of the deal when we got married. Now he's really upset about it. I don't need solutions for the snoring, just for the anger and upset it's causing in our home. [more inside]
posted by Bottlecap on Feb 6, 2015 - 57 answers

I need to stop napping

Every weekday I take a midmorning nap. I want to stop. Help. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 3, 2015 - 28 answers

Help for the loneliest kid you ever saw.

My five-year-old gets really sad, every single night, about the fact that he has to sleep alone. How can we help him? [more inside]
posted by logic vs love on Jan 27, 2015 - 46 answers

[Beds on which to have] sweet dreams are made of...what, exactly?

I'll soon be purchasing a new bed and mattress. I have sleep apnea, so it's especially important for me to choose the right ones. And I don't know what I'm doing. [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet on Jan 24, 2015 - 6 answers

Alarm clock anxiety

I often have trouble falling asleep because I'm anxious my alarm won't go off in the morning. Help, please? [more inside]
posted by LoonyLovegood on Jan 21, 2015 - 17 answers

Sleep studies: (teaching) hospital vs. independent "sleep center"?

Due to some longstanding issues with sleep and fatigue that I think could be related to sleep apnea, I'd like to have a sleep study. What are the differences/pros and cons of doing that at a hospital versus an unaffiliated "sleep center"? Experiences/thoughts on specific places to go in the SF Bay Area? [more inside]
posted by needs more cowbell on Jan 16, 2015 - 6 answers

Help me help my 9-month-old sleep

Our 9-month-old daughter sometimes wakes up in the middle of the night, sits up, and seems unable to get herself back down to sleep. We've been working on sleep training--she does (and has almost always done) well at bedtime, and night wakings where she doesn't seem stuck in a sitting position have mostly disappeared--but I don't know how we should be handling these incidents. [more inside]
posted by uncleozzy on Jan 9, 2015 - 8 answers

Sleep in heavenly peace (please, for the love of God)

We have a five-month-old daughter. How do we deal with chronic sleep deprivation and get through our days? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Jan 5, 2015 - 24 answers

Baby Bedtime Routine for Working Folks

We discovered this week that our four-month-old needs a much earlier bedtime. We now start the routine after 6 PM, with him in bed by 7 PM (and it's working great). But we've been on vacation for these new bedtimes and I'm having trouble visualizing how this routine will go on a weekday. How do you do it? [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Jan 3, 2015 - 16 answers

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